Cheltenham Festival 2017: When and where can I watch it?
It’s less than one month until the world famous Cheltenham Festival takes place at Prestbury Park.
Cheltenham Festival is the home of some of horse racing’s most famous races, including the Stan James Champion Hurdle and the Timico Gold Cup.
Tickets are available to buy now to attend in person, but if like us you prefer to watch the races from the comfort of your own home here’s everything you need to know about the television coverage.
When is Cheltenham Festival?
Cheltenham Festival takes place from Tuesday, March 14 to Friday, March 17 in 2017.
It takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse in Prestbury Park, Gloucestershire.
Each day, the first race will begin at 1.30pm and the last race takes place at 5.30pm.
Which races take place?
Tuesday is called Champion Day and features the most important hurdle race of the season, known as the Stan James Champion Hurdle. Last year, Annie Power won the race in a record-breaking 3 minutes 45.1 seconds.
Wednesday is Ladies Day, when female attendees have the chance to grab £10,000 at the Festival’s annual Best Dressed Lady competition. The Betwar Queen Mother Champion Chase is the biggest race of the day. Sprinter Sacre won the honours in 2016.
Thursday celebrates St Patrick’s Day at the Festival with live Irish music and barrels upon barrels of Guinness. On the racecourse, The Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase are the ones to watch.
Friday is Gold Cup Day. This is the day the Cheltenham Timico Gold Cup, the feature race of the Festival, will be awarded. Last year, Don Cossack won the iconic prize.
Where will it be televised?
Coverage of the week’s action will be televised live on ITV.
Who will present?
Former Sky Sports News presenter Ed Chamberlin is ITV’s main host. Formerly a journalist and bookmaker with a passion for horseracing, Chamberlin is perfectly placed at the forefront of ITV’s coverage.
Joining Chamberlin for the Flat season is Francesca Cumani, who was formerly lead racing analyst for Australia’s Seven Network.
Who will commentate?
Veteran commentator Richard Hoiles is lead commentator, alongside Mark Johnson.
What are the odds?
Stan James Champion Hurdle
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Un De Sceaux is the hot favourite for this one, with best odds from Betfair at 4-1.
Sun Bet’s Stayers Hurdle
Unowhatimeanharry is at 11-8 on Betfair.
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Thistlecrack is the gambler’s favourite, with best odds of 15/8 from Betfair.