Cheltenham Festival 2018 - Cheltenham Festival Dates

Cheltenham Festival: Your Need to Know Essentials for 2018

It’s almost that time of year again! The exciting spring period that sees horse-racing punters nationwide begin to sharpen their focus as the business-end of the jump-racing season swiftly hoves into view. And there certainly aren’t many meetings, more thrilling and prestigious than the annual Cheltenham Festival.

With the illustrious Gold Cup standing as the meeting’s headline draw, Cheltenham is quickly becoming the most hotly-anticipated event in the national racing calendar.

Thousands of race-goers, jockeys and their horses, owners, and trainers will be preparing their imminent descent on Prestbury Park, with the meeting now less than a month away!

As the season’s climax rapidly approaches, we give you a rundown of your need-to-know essentials ahead of the showcase event.

When is the Cheltenham Festival?

The meeting commences on Tuesday 13th March, with the opening race kicking off proceedings at 13:30.

With seven top-drawer races to enjoy on day one, there is certainly more than enough to every racegoer occupied.

The Festival includes a four-day feast of racing, with the event set to run until after 17:30 when the final race of the day ends on Friday 16th.

Racing Schedule


Champion Day – Tuesday 13th March 2018

Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – 13.30

Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase – 14.10

Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase – 14.50

UniBet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy – 15.30

OLBG Mares’ Hurdle – 16.10

National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup – 16.50

Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase – 17.30


Ladies Day – Wednesday 14th March 2018

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – 13.30

RSA Steeple Chase – 14.10

Coral Cup Hurdle – 14.50

Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase – 15.30

Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase – 16.10

Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race – 16.50

Weatherbys Champion Bumper – 17.30


St Patrick’s Day – Thursday 15th March 2018

JLT Novices’ Chase – 13.30

Pertemps Network Final – 14.10

Ryanair Steeple Chase – 14.50

Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle – 15.30

Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate – 16.10

Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle – 16.50

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase – 17.30


Gold Cup Day – Friday 16th March 2018

JCB Triumph Hurdle – 13.30

Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Race – 14.10

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race – 14.50

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase – 15.30

St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup – 16.10

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race – 16.50

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup – 17.30


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