How to watch Cheltenham Festival – TV channel, live stream info, race schedule

Four days of enthralling horse racing await racing fans as the Cheltenham Festival returns on Tuesday March 10.

The much anticipated event in Gloucestershire features seven races each day, culminating with Gold Cup Day on Friday (March 13).

Cheltenham Festival is the main event of the National Hunt season and features a headline event at 3.30pm each day.

Tuesday (March 10) features the Champion Hurdle, Wednesday's showpiece is the Queen Mother Champion Chase and Ladies Day on Thursday has the three-mile World Hurdle, before Friday's Gold Cup.

Here's all the information you need to know to watch this year's Cheltenham Festival…

When is Cheltenham Festival 2020?

The festival starts on Tuesday March 10 and concludes on Friday March 13.

There had been concerns that the coronavirus outbreak could lead to the cancellation of the festival, however the British Horseracing Authority last week announced that "racing continues as normal" , easing those fears.

What time does Cheltenham Festival 2020 take place?

Each day the first race starts at 1.30pm and the last race gets underway at 5.30pm.

In total there are seven races each day, with the highlight being the 3.30 feature races which include the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Gold Cup.

What TV channel is Cheltenham Festival 2020 on?

The first five races each day will be broadcast live on ITV1 and Racing TV will be showing the action from the festival.

ITV1's coverage begins at 1pm each day and runs through until 4.30pm, with every day's 3.30pm feature race being broadcast.

ITV4 will have a morning show from 9.30am to 10.30am every day during the festival.

Can you live stream Cheltenham Festival 2020?

Live streaming is available for subscribers to Racing TV through their website.

Alternatively, you can stream each main race using the ITV Hub, free for UK residents.

Streaming is also available via most bookmakers website, should you have an account or have an active bet on the race.

Full race schedule

Day one: Champion Day (Tuesday, March 10)

  • 1.30pm, Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle
  • 2.10pm, Racing Post Arkle Novices' Chase
  • 2.50pm, Ultima Handicap Chase
  • 3.30pm, Unibet Champion Hurdle
  • 4.10pm, Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle
  • 4.50pm, Northern Trust Company Novices' Handicap Chase
  • 5.30pm, National Hunt Chase (Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase)

Day two: Ladies Day (Wednesday, March 11)

  • 1.30pm, Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
  • 2.10pm, RSA Insurance Novices' Chase
  • 2.50pm, Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
  • 3.30pm, Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
  • 4.10pm, Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
  • 4.50pm, Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
  • 5.30pm, Weatherbys Champion Bumper

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