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All you need to know about the 2020 Cheltenham Festival

Aka “the greatest show on turf”, the 2020 Cheltenham Festival is only a couple of weeks away, taking place at the famous racecourse from March 10th to March 13th. If you’re planning to attend this year, keep on reading for everything you need to know about this prestigious sporting event.

All you need to know about the 2020 Cheltenham Festival

Aka “the greatest show on turf”, the 2020 Cheltenham Festival is only a couple of weeks away, taking place at the famous racecourse from March 10th to March 13th. If you’re planning to attend this year, keep on reading for everything you need to know about this prestigious sporting event. 

What’s in store? 

Day 1 10th March - Known as Champion Day, the highlight of the first day of the festival will be the 3.30pm Unibet Champion Hurdle, although racing action begins (as it does for each day of the festival) at 1.30pm.

Day 2 11th March - Fashion may be at the forefront on Ladies Day, but so too are exhilarating chase and cross country races. The Queen Mother Champion Steeplechase begins at 3.30pm,  and if you fancy spotting the Gold Cup champions of the future then check out the RSA Novices’ Steeplechase at 14.10pm. 

Day 3 12th March - St Patricks Day will bring yet more thrilling racing action, with the 2.50pm Ryanair Steeplechase and the 3.30pm Stayers’ Hurdle the undeniable highlights. 

Day 4 13th March - The Cheltenham Festival culminates in Gold Cup Day, and all eyes will be on the Magners Gold Cup Steeplechase at 3.30pm. There’s still plenty of opportunity to spot some future champions in the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle at 2.50pm, and the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle will be the last race of the day at 5.30pm. 

What to wear

The Cheltenham Festival has no official dress code, but it’s better to play it safe by donning your chicest smart casual outfit. Ladies Day is a chance to go all out, especially with a flamboyant hat, while gentelement are encouraged to wear suits, particularly in the club enclosure. 

Since the festival takes place in early March the weather can still be quite cold and damp, so don’t forget a warm jacket and your umbrella. Most of the carparks used during the festival are on grass, so it’s probably not the best occasion to wear dagger stilettos or dress shoes! 

Keep an eye out for 

It goes without saying that betting forms a key part of the Festival, with everyone from novice bettors to those who are practically pros enjoying a flutter or two during the 4-day event. There are various ways to place bets on the day of your chosen race, but there are also plenty of competitive bets available online in the run-up to the Festival, with bookmakers offering some attractive promotional offers including free bets.

For novice bettors especially, the four Championship races will offer the most excitement, but don’t discount the Cross Country Chase on Ladies Day. Double winner Tiger Roll will be looking to make this year’s race a hat trick, and since this race will be his “warm-up” for the Grand National a few weeks later, it’s bound to be a thrilling one to watch. 

Defending Gold Cup Champion Al Boum Photo will return this year to battle it out against the other frontrunners, Delta Work and Santini; while Paisley Park, Minella Indo and Benie Des Dieux are the top 3 to win the Stayers’ Hurdle.

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