Cheltenham Festival Racing

What is Cheltenham Festival?



The Cheltenham Festival is the pinnacle of the National Hunt racing calendar and is undoubtedly one of the biggest draws in the jumps season. The four-day event takes place annually at Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury Park. With over £4.5million available in prize money, that represents the most of any jump festival in the world. The festival typically coincides with St Patrick’s Day, which adds extra spice, as a large Irish contingent makes the trip each year. Cheltenham is famous for its atmosphere, especially the ‘Cheltenham roar’ – the large amount of noise generated by the crowds once the first race of the festival has been officially started.

When is Cheltenham Festival?



Cheltenham takes place over four days between Tuesday 12th March and Friday 15th March.

Festival Breakdown By Day Date Latest odds
Champion Day Tuesday 12th March Day 1 Odds
Ladies Day Wednesday 13th March Day 2 Odds
St Patrick's Day Thursday  14th March Day 3 Odds
Gold Cup Day Friday 15th March Day 4 Odds


Cheltenham In Numbers



    • • 250,000 people are expected to attend the festival across the four days
    • • 350 chefs are on site
    • • 8,000 gallons of tea and coffee will be served
    • • 70,000 is the maximum capacity at Cheltenham on Gold Cup Day
    • • 21,120 is the distance, in feet, run during the National Hunt Chase - the longest race at the festival (4 miles)
    • • 2001 was the only year (outside of the two World Wars), when Cheltenham was cancelled (because of foot and mouth disease)
    • • 30 extra flights are put on by Ryanair for the Dublin to Birmingham route during Cheltenham
    • • 22 fences are jumped during the Cheltenham Gold Cup
    • • 6 is the most consecutive wins any horse has managed in a race at Cheltenham (Quevega in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle between 2009 and 2014)
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GentingBet Racing

The horse racing calendar is a thrilling mix of fashionable events like the Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood, together with smaller and more informal gatherings held on Britain and Ireland's racetracks every day. This blend of the high-profile and the homely characterises the 'sport of kings' and helps to explain its enduring appeal for millions of people of all ages. Whatever type of meeting you prefer, you can be sure you're in the right place for the very best horse racing betting odds. Genting has the most competitive odds around if you're a student of the turf and like to pore over form to pick a winner. You will also find the best horse race betting odds if your preference is to lay an each-way wager. We should also be your first stop if you choose to put your fancies into forecasts, tricasts, doubles, trebles and other accumulator bets. We offer horse betting odds on every race taking place in the UK and Ireland, all year round - there's a chance to test your skill and judgement by placing a bet on the flat racing action throughout the summer months, as well as jump meetings during the winter. You can take a look at our detailed racecards for all meetings two days ahead or benefit from great odds for ante-post betting on a selection of big races coming up in the future.
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