Cheltenham Festival 2024: Everything you need to know

Horse Racing Thursday March 7, 2024 By: Harry Howes

Hold your horses – the Cheltenham Festival is less than a week away! Horses, jockeys and fans from all over the world are set to flock to Gloucestershire for the iconic event, with four days of incredible racing on the agenda.

With 164 years of history behind it, the Cheltenham Festival is one of the most prestigious race meetings in the world. It boasts 14 Grade 1 races, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which Galopin Des Champs and Paul Townend are looking to win for the second year running.

There may be an upset though, with Fastorslow and Shishkin looking to mount a challenge. It’s set to be an incredible race and for the best views of the finish, why not enjoy the day from the comfort of our ICON facility?

Our exclusive package offers a balcony view, where you can enjoy a Guinness (or two!) from the complimentary bar just in time for St Patrick’s Day. As well as that, you’ll also be treated to a four-course lunch, expert tipsters and racing legends to keep you entertained.

The action gets underway next Tuesday and as the anticipation grows, we’ve broken down everything you need to know, including a horse we think has a big chance in each race (prices correct as of Tuesday 5th March)!

Cheltenham Festival race schedule

The festival gets underway on Tuesday 12th March and if you want to see the world’s finest racehorses from the best seats in the house, you can make the most of our exclusive hospitality packages.

Tuesday 12th March

1:30pm – The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – Firefox 5/1
2:10pm – The My Pension Expert Arkle Challenge Trophy – Hunter’s Yarn 6/1
2:50pm – The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase – Twig 20/1
3:30pm – The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy – State Man 2/5 (Boring we know!)
4:10pm – The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle – Lossiemouth 4/7
4:50pm – The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle – Pacini 25/1
5:30pm – The Maureen Mullins National Hunt Novices’ Chase – Corbetts Cross 2/1

Wednesday 13th March

1:30pm – The Gallagher Novices’ Hurdle – Handstands 12/1
2:10pm – The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase – Fact to File 4/5
2:50pm – The Coral Cup Hurdle – Ballyadam 25/1
3:30pm – The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase – El Fabiolo 4/9
4:10pm – The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase – Minella Indo 2/1
4:50pm – The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase – Unexpected Party 16/1
5:30pm – The Weatherbys Champion Bumper – You Oughta Know 9/1

Thursday 14th March

1:30pm – The Turners Novices’ Chase – Ginny’s Destiny 3/1
2:10pm – The Pertemps Network Final Hurdle – Gowel Road 20/1
2:50pm – The Ryanair Steeple Chase – Envoi Allen 7/2
3:30pm – The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle – Crambo 6/1
4:10pm – The TrustATrader County Plate – Theatre Man 7/1
4:50pm – The Ryanair Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle – Jade De Grugy 5/2
5:30pm – The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup – Cool Survivor 12/1

Friday 15th March

1:30pm – The JCB Triumph Hurdle – Sir Gino 4/6
2:10pm – The Country Handicap Hurdle – L’Eau Du Sud 12/1
2:50pm – The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – Largy Hill 20/1
3:30pm – The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup – Galopin De Champs 5/4
4:10pm – The St James’ Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase – Ferns Lock 11/4
4:50pm – The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase – Dinoblue EVS
5:30pm – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle – Quai De Bourbon 4/1

Cheltenham Festival dress code

If you’re taking advantage of one of our exclusive hospitality experiences at Cheltenham, please be aware that there is a dress code in operation. Luckily it’s not the same as the jockeys, so leave your silks at home and get ready to dress to impress.

Men must wear a suit or jacket with a tie. Meanwhile, ladies should wear smart attire and while hats are optional (and classy!), they’re not compulsory. Fancy dress is not allowed.

Getting to Cheltenham

If you’re using public transport, Cheltenham Spa train station is four miles from the racecourse. Don’t worry, there’s no need to walk in your high heels – a shuttle bus service is in operation for £5 return and there are taxis available too.

Those driving from the north should exit the M5 at junction 9 and continue via Evesham Road (A435). Take a left into Southam Lane and enter the North Car Park via entrance 10. If you’re coming from the south, leave the M5 at junction 11, follow the A40 and A4013 and the signs for ‘Green Route’ will take you to the racecourse.

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