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TUESDAY 15TH MARCH – FRIDAY 18TH MARCH

The Cheltenham Festival 2022 kicks off on Tuesday March 15th. The four greatest days in jump racing are a celebration of the best jumping horses and jockeys in the world – and the chance for you to bet on them in action.

We’ve put together an extensive preview for you and picked out some cracking ante post tips for the big week of racing.

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Martin Booth
By Martin Booth  
Updated: 30 September 2021 1:00 pm

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL TRACK MAP

NUMBER OF RACES: 28

Prize money: £6.1 million

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About Cheltenham Festival

For jump racing fans, the Cheltenham Festival is quite simply the highlight of the year. These four days are the pinnacle of the sport, with the best horses in the world competing for major prizes and the chance to grab a slice of immortality.

The Cheltenham Festival dates are written into people’s calendars and minds months in advance. Each of the four days of the meeting is packed with great action and highlighted by famous races.

On Tuesday it’s the Champion Hurdle, a two-mile shoot-out between the fastest horses over the smaller obstacles. The chasers then take centre stage on the Wednesday with the Champion Chase, a thrilling clash of the finest two-milers in the world. Thursday’s highlight is the Stayers’ Hurdle, a fascinating three-mile test of jumping, speed, and stamina.

Out of all the Cheltenham races, however, the climax arrives on Friday with the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the ultimate test to identify the finest staying chaser. Some of the greatest horses in the sport’s history have won the Gold Cup. In March 2021, Jack Kennedy rode Minella Indo to a fantastic victory on the famous course.

Each year another chapter is written, and another name added to the roll of honour, in the story of this prestigious event. We can’t wait to see who can add their name into the history books in 2022.

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At Cheltenham the starts are more furious, more intense and everything is heightened. You have got to be right and you have got to be on the ball because there’s no relaxed stage when you’re riding at the festival. I still try to enjoy it though because you have to take it in and appreciate the fact that you’re there. It's the biggest stage that you can ride on. It’s our Olympics.
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Best Cheltenham Festival Offers

The Cheltenham Festival countdown is a fabulous time to be a horse racing bettor.

Bookmakers eager to attract customers offer a host of tempting bonuses in exchange for new business across the four days of Cheltenham Festival coverage.

When you are looking to start betting on Cheltenham races, it is highly advisable to check out the offers, free bets and bonuses available that can seriously boost your punting power.

Some sportsbooks are quick off the mark in offering Cheltenham-specific bonuses. At Betfair, you can get up to £100 in free bets for the festival. Just place 5 x £10 bets to get a free bet. Repeat 5 times to get £100 in free bets.

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Other operators are offering an enhanced bonus in return for your initial investment. Ladbrokes and Coral will both give you £20 in free bets when you sign up and place an initial £5 bet. Betway will also give you up to £10 in free bets.

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Many of the above are ongoing sign-up offers that are particularly timely in the countdown to Cheltenham; there will be many more race-specific promotions in the days before the festival.

Please check the terms and conditions of all bonuses to make sure you are aware of any restrictions.

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CHELTENHAM 2022 TICKETS

Cheltenham Festival 2022 tickets are in high demand - and with spectators missing out on the 2021 event, we expect racing fans to be chomping at the bit for a slice of the action in March 2022. Tickets start at £40 and can be bought on the Jockey Club’s official website.

WHERE CAN I WATCH THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL?

The Cheltenham Festival 2022 will be live on ITV. Along with this, bookmakers who offer an online streaming service will be showing the event online. However, make sure you check the terms and conditions as some bookies require you to make a bet, or have a positive balance in your account, to live stream racing.

Cheltenham Festival Facts

Cheltenham Festival FAQs

Are crowds allowed at Cheltenham Festival?

Yes. Fans will be allowed at the Cheltenham Festival in 2022 after missing out on the 2021 event. We are expecting a full house each day and can’t wait to hear the roar as the horses come up the hill.

When does Cheltenham Festival start?

The 2022 Cheltenham Festival starts on Tuesday, March 15th, with the first race expected to start at around 1.30pm.

How many races are there at the Cheltenham festival?

There are normally seven races on each of the four days of the festival, with the first starting at around 1.30pm and the seventh at 4.50pm. The number of races has gradually grown since the festival switched from three days to four in 2005.

When is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup takes place on Friday, March 18th - the final day of the festival. It normally starts shortly before 3.30pm.