The best four days in the U.K racing calendar, the Cheltenham Festival, begins on Tuesday 15th March until Friday 18th March 2022. We will have Cheltenham Tips for every one of the twenty-eight races, with full runner by runner previews as well as the best Cheltenham Free Bets being offered by the bookmakers.

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2022 Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the jumps season and the pinnacle of National Hunt racing. Spread over four days, and a total of 28 races, the Cheltenham Festival is the centre stage for the highest quality of horse either side of the Irish sea, and a healthy rivalry between the Irish and British gave birth to the Prestbury Cup, a trophy to the team with the most winners during the week.

Here you will find everything you need for the Cheltenham Festival. Read all racecards for every race across all four days, read out runner by runner previews for all the big races, and place your bets directly by clicking the odds buttons. You’ll also find the latest news and expert tips for the week, all in one place.

Al Boum Photo wins the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup

© Racing Post / Mark Cranham

Tuesday 15th March

Tuesday is Champion Hurdle day and arguably the best day of the week. The 2022 edition has the look of a classic year with plenty of competitive events for punters to bet on. Nicky Henderson has won the race a record eight times, a record which he will look to extend with Epatante going up against strong competition from Henry De Bromhead’s Honeysuckle.

The meeting opens with the Supreme Novices Hurdle, a contest that tends to be a strong guide to future stars. After Appreciate It finished first last year, all eyes are on Willie Mullins to see if he can make it 7 wins from 10. The Arkle and the Ultima figure over the bigger fences before the Mares Hurdle, made famous by the incomparable Quevega.

Races on Champions Day

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
Arkle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)
Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)
Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
National Hunt Chase (Grade 2)

For detailed insight and analysis, you can catch our Cheltenham day 1 tips.

Wednesday 16th March

The second day features the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the race of the meeting. Shishkin, Sevenbarrows, and Chacun Pour Soir look set to produce a mouthwatering clash. The former hopes to give his trainer, Nicky Henderson, his sixth win at the Champion Chase in eleven years. Tiger Roll is looking to run what is almost certainly his last Cross Country Chase, hoping for a fourth win in five. There will be few more popular or better-backed horses at the meeting.

Wednesday kicks off with two novice events  – The Ballymore Novices Hurdle and the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase. While many horses are yet to declare for the former, the latter is shaping up to be an exciting clash between Bravemansgame and Ahoy Senior.

Races on Ladies Day

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
Coral Cup (Grade 3)
Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)
Glenfarclas Chase (Cross Country)
Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
Champion Bumper (Grade 1)

For detailed insight and analysis, you can catch our Cheltenham day 2 tips.

Thursday 17th March

Thursday at Cheltenham hosts the exciting, and relatively new race, the Dawn Run Novice’s Hurdle. While it was won each of the first 6 times by Willie Mullins, last year Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore worked together to deny Mullins his 7th consecutive win. Whether or not Mullins will return to the dominant form shown in the past will be a big part of this race’s narrative.

The Pertemps Final is one of the most anticipated handicaps of the year. Qualifiers through the season set up a number of fascinating plot lines to make it the best puzzle of the week for punters.

Races on St Patricks Thursday

Turners Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)
Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)
Kim Muir Challenge Cup (Handicap)

For detailed insight and analysis, you can catch our Cheltenham day 3 tips.

Friday 18th March

Friday, Cheltenham Gold Cup day, the busiest day of the week. A Plus Tard aims to end the race first after coming a tight second last year, and would be the first horse to do so since 1983. He heads the market with Galvin coming a close second, and this year’s race could go either way.

The Albert Bartlett and Triumph Hurdle are the two novice contests on the card. Both have a reputation as hard races to win and 2022 looks no exception with smart youngsters flooding the markets. Make sure to check out our Cheltenham day 4 tips for this one since it’s a fiendishly difficult race to predict. Also on the last day is the Foxhunters, one of the biggest betting heats of the entire year, so be sure to check our tips early and often!

Races on Gold Cup Day

Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)
County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade 1)
Foxhunter Challenge Cup (Hunter Chase)
Mares’ Chase (Grade 2)
Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)

For detailed insight and analysis, you can catch our Cheltenham day 4 tips.

Paul Townend after winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup

© Racing Post / Patrick McCann

Cheltenham Festival FAQ

When does Cheltenham Festival Start and End?

The 2022 Cheltenham Festival dates are from Tuesday, 15th March 2022 to Friday, 18th March 2022. It will start at 13:20 with the The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle race on Tuesday with the last race, Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, starting at 16:50.

How to watch the Cheltenham Festival?

After last year when the Festival took place behind closed doors, we’re happy to have the roar return for this year’s Festival. ITV will return with it’s in-depth coverage over the four days. The channel has stated that they will broadcast six races live each day of the Cheltenham Festival between 1pm – 4:30pm. Additionally, you can watch online if you subscribe to RacingTV or call Virgin Media to upgrade their package to watch live horseracing.

How to bet on the Cheltenham Festival?

There are three basic ways you can place a bet at the Cheltenham Festival, whether during the Festival or other meets. Below is a list of how to bet on the Festival:

Tote Betting. Instead of the bookmakers offering you odds and prices for each horse per race, the Tote will offer you a pooled bet. This means that they will pool the money together for any given race and share this amongst customers with the winning tickets.
Online betting with our partners. With myracing you will be able to access a range of betting partners to place an online bet.
Online betting with the bookmakers. Probably the most popular and common formality to bet on the races at the Cheltenham Festival. All you need to do is sign up with a bookmaker, pick your horse by its number, choose what stake you want to put down and what bet you want to place.

What are the main events to watch at the Cheltenahm Festival?

The main races to watch at the Cheltenham Festival are Champion Hurdle (Day One), Queen Mother Champion Chase (Day Two), Stayers’ Hurdle (Day Three), and The Gold Cup (Day Four).

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