The Cheltenham Festival is one of the highlights of the British sporting calendar, taking place each March at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire.
The festival attracts over 60,000 racegoers across each day of the meeting, with nearly 1 million TV viewers tuning in to watch the festival’s flagship event, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of Cheltenham Festival 2020 this March.
Cheltenham Festival 2020 – Key Information
What are the dates for Cheltenham Festival 2020?
The Cheltenham Festival boats four days of action-packed racing from Tuesday 10th March to Friday 13th March 2020.
Gates open at 10:30am with the first races starting at 1:30pm and the last race concluding each day’s action at 5:30pm.
How many races are there at the Cheltenham Festival?
There are 28 races to enjoy across Cheltenham Festival week, with seven races per day. The feature races take place at 3:30pm each day.
How many Grade 1 races are there at the Cheltenham Festival?
There are 14 Grade 1 races across the four days of the festival, starting with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on the first day of the festival and concluding with the showpiece event of the week on Friday, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
When is the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup?
This year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup is on Friday 13th March at 3:30pm.
What is the prize money for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most lucrative festivals on the calendar when it comes to the prize money on offer to winning owners.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most lucrative non-handicap chase in Britain, with prize money totalling £625,000. Across the four days of the festival, the total prize pool across all races can reach up to £5m.
Which horses have won the Cheltenham Gold Cup?
Some of the most famous names in horse racing have lit up Cheltenham on Gold Cup day, including iconic three-time winner Arkle in the 1960s, Desert Orchid in 1989, Best Mate (2002, 2003, 2004), Kauto Star (2007, 2009) and Denman (2008). No horse has retained the Cheltenham Gold Cup since Best Mate in 2004.
Golden Miller boasts the record for most wins in this race, with five successive Gold Cup victories between 1932 and 1936. The legendary thoroughbred is immortalised today with a statue near the parade ring at the racecourse.
Which horse won the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup?
The 2019 Gold Cup produced something of a shock as the three horses heavily fancied building up to the race – Native River, Clan Des Obeaux and Presenting Percy – all finished outside the top three.
Al Boum Photo – a 12/1 chance pre-race – paced his run to perfection to hand legendary trainer Willie Mullins his first Gold Cup victory.
When is Ladies’ Day at the Cheltenham Festival?
Ladies’ Day is the second day of the Cheltenham Festival, and this year takes place on Wednesday 11th March 2020.
The Queen Mother Champions Chase is the highlight of the day’s racing.
When is St Patrick’s Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival?
Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival always becomes an unofficial celebration of Irish culture ahead of St Patrick’s Day (17th March), with day three’s card dominated by the Stayer’s Hurdle.
St Patrick’s Thursday this year falls on 12th March in 2020.
Find all Cheltenham Festival betting markets on the Marathonbet website.