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Cheltenham Festival Races Schedule 2020

Cheltenham Festival Races Schedule 2020

Four days of Cheltenham Festival Races in 2020 – Times, Prizes and Schedule.

The Cheltenham Festival is held over four days every year in mid-March at Cheltenham Racecourse in, can you imagine that, city called Cheltenham.

It has become the climax of the National Hunt Season with the build up dominating the entire season, any major race which is held after the turn of the year is seen as preparation for the festival.

Its popularity has meant that it attracts a great deal of visitors from around the globe, with there usually being around 100,000 visitors to each festival.

The quality of all entrants is top class, and there are an increasing number of international entries.

The Irish, in particular, are hugely competitive and there is always a great deal of competition between Irish and UK competitors.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2020, Cheltenham Day One – Champions Day

On the first day 7 Cheltenham races are held as shown below:

Cheltenham - Day 1 - Champions Day

Prize:

Race Time PM:

Race:

Age:

Distance:

Sponsor:

Tuesday, 10th March 2020 - 01:30 pm

£125,000

01:30

Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)

4+

2m 87y

Tuesday, 10th March 2020 - 02:10 pm

£175,000

02:10

Racing Post Arkle Novices' Chase (Grade 1)

5+

1m 7f 199y

Tuesday, 10th March 2020 - 02:50 pm

£110,000

02:50

Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

5+

3m 1f

Tuesday, 10th March 2020 - 03:30 pm

£450,000

03:30

Unibet Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)

4+

2m 87y

Tuesday, 10th March 2020 - 04:10 pm

£120,000

04:10

David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle (Grade 1)

4+

2m 3f 200y

Tuesday, 10th March 2020 - 04:50 pm

£70,000

04;50

Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase (Listed)

5+

2m 4f 44y

Tuesday, 10th March 2020 - 05:30 pm

£125,000

05:30

National Hunt Chase (Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase) (Grade 2)

5+

3m 7f 147y


Wednesday, 11 March 2020, Cheltenham Day Two – Ladies Day

On the second day 7 Cheltenham races are held as shown below:

Cheltenham - Day 2 - Ladies Day

Prize:

Race Time PM:

Race:

Age:

Distance:

Sponsor:

Wednesday, 11th March 2020 - 01:30 pm

£125,000

01:30

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)

4+

2m 5f

Wednesday, 11th March 2020 - 02:10 pm

£175,000

02:10

RSA Insurance Novices' Chase (Grade 1)

5+

3m 80y

Wednesday, 11th March 2020 - 02:50 pm

£100,000

02:50

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

4+

2m 5f

Wednesday, 11th March 2020 - 03:30 pm

£400,000

03:30

Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)

5+

1m 7f 99y

Wednesday, 11th March 2020 - 04:10 pm

£65,000

04:10

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

5+

3m 6f 37y

Wednesday, 11th March 2020 - 04:50 pm

£80,000

04;50

Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

4+

2m 87y

Wednesday, 11th March 2020 - 05:30 pm

£75,000

05:30

Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1)

4-6

2m 87y


Thursday, 12 March 2020, Cheltenham Day Three – St Patrick’s Thursday

On the third day 7 Cheltenham races are held as shown below:

Cheltenham - Day 3 - St Patrick's Thursday

Prize:

Race Time PM:

Race:

Age:

Distance:

Sponsor:

Thursday, 12th March 2020 - 01:30 pm

£150,000

01:30

MARSH Novices' Chase (Grade 1)

5+

2m 3f 166y

Thursday, 12th March 2020 - 02:10 pm

£100,000

02:10

Pertemps Network Final (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3)

5+

2m 7f 213y

Thursday, 12th March 2020 - 02:50 pm

£350,000

02:50

Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)

5+

2m 4f 127y

Thursday, 12th March 2020 - 03:30 pm

£325,000

03:30

Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle (Grade 1)

4+

2m 7f 213y

Thursday, 12th March 2020 - 04:10 pm

£110,000

04:10

Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade 3)

5+

2m 4f 166y

Thursday, 12th March 2020 - 04:50 pm

£90,000

04;50

Dawn Run Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2)

4-6

2m 179y

Thursday, 12th March 2020 - 05:30 pm

£70,000

05:30

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase

5+

3m 2f


Friday, 13 March 2020, Cheltenham Day Four – Gold Cup Day

On the fourth day 7 Cheltenham races are held as shown below:

Cheltenham - Day 4 - Gold Cup Day

Prize:

Race Time PM:

Race:

Age:

Distance:

Sponsor:

Friday, 13th March 2020 - 01:30 pm

£125,000

01:30

JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)

4+

2m 179y

Friday, 13th March 2020 - 02:10 pm

£100,000

02:10

Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

5+

2m 179y

Friday, 13th March 2020 - 02:50 pm

£125,000

02:50

Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)

4+

2m 7f 213y

Friday, 13th March 2020 - 03:30 pm

£625,000

03:30

Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade 1)

5+

3m 2f 70y

Friday, 13th March 2020 - 04:10 pm

£45,000

04:10

St James's Place Foxhunter Chase

5+

3m 2f 70y

Friday, 13th March 2020 - 04:50 pm

£110,000

04;50

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

4+

2m 62y

Friday, 13th March 2020 - 05:30 pm

£70,000

05:30

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (0-145)

5+

2m 4f 56y


Short History of Cheltenham Racing Festival:

The first Cheltenham Festival was a two-day meeting held in 1902 to mark the reopening of Prestbury Park Course. It was soon established as a major racing event when the first four-mile National Hunt Steeplechase was held at the festival in 1904. In 1927 the first Champion Hurdle was run over two miles, and it was not until 1949 that the event was extended to three days. As the festival flourished, so calls for expansion were heeded, as works began in 1979 on new £30 million stands which would bring the festival into the forefront of racing events and, in 1989, a further £5 million grandstand was added.

The festival’s prestige today derives substantially from its historical pedigree, with the only cancelled event being in 2001 courtesy of the foot and mouth crisis. The following year, the festival returned with full force when it was announced that the prize money would break the £4 million barrier. In 2005 the event was extended to four days to coincide with the new multi-million-pound Centaur centre, establishing the festival as a major social event full stop.

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