Cheltenham Festival 2015 dates and schedule

Nick Wilby in Latest News 25 November 2014
The dates for the 2015 Cheltenham Festival have been announced and the full schedule is now available.

The dates for the 2015 Cheltenham Festival have been announced and the meeting will last for four explosive days.

The Cheltenham Festival is one of sport’s most enthralling extravaganzas and in 2015 the nation will once again be swept by horse racing fever as gamblers and racing fanatics prepare to embark on an unrivalled path of excitement.





The 2015 Cheltenham Festival will run from 10th to 13th March with the Cheltenham Gold Cup taking place on Friday 13th March. The course can expect to welcome over 200,000 racegoers from all over the world, with it believed that more than £500 million will be gambled throughout the week.

While it is impossible to know what next year’s meeting will bring, one thing is for certain: the action is sure to be explosive, exhilarating and thoroughly intriguing.

Tuesday 10th March - Champion Day

Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2015 Champion Hurdle

1.30 Supreme Novices' Hurdle (2m 1/2f)
2.05 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase (2m)
2.40 Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase (3m 1/2f)
3.20 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (2m 1/2f)
4.00 Mares' Hurdle (for the David Nicholson Trophy) (2m 4f)
4.40 National Hunt Chase (4m)
5.15 Novices' Handicap Chase (2m 4 1/2 f)


Jezki (left) winning the 2014 Champion Hurdle (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Wednesday 11th March - Ladies Day

Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2015 Queen Mother Champion Chase

1.30 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (2m 5f)
2.05 RSA Steeple Chase (3m 1/2f)
2.40 Coral Cup (2m 5f)
3.20 BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (2m)
4.00 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (3m 7f)
4.40 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2m 1/2f)
5.15 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Open NH Flat Race) (2m 1/2f)


Sire De Grugy after winning the 2014 Champion Chase (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Thursday 12th March - St Patrick's Day

Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2015 Ladbrokes World Hurdle

1.30 JLT Novices' Steeple Chase (2m 5f)
2.05 Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) (3m)
2.40 Ryanair Chase (2m 5f)
3.20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle (3m)
4.00 Byrne Group Plate Handicap Steeple Chase (2m 5f)
4.40 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (3m 1 1/2f)
5.15 St. Patrick's Derby (Charity Race) (1m 5f)


More Of That beats Annie Power in the 2014 World Hurdle (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Friday 13th March - Cheltenham Gold Cup Day

Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2015 Gold Cup

1.30 JCB Triumph Hurdle (2m 1f)
2.05 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle (2m 1f)
2.40 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (3m)
3.20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (3m 2 1/2f)
4.00 Foxhunter Steeple Chase (3m 2 1/2f)
4.40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (2m 4 1/2f)
5.15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase (2m 1/2f)


Lord Windermere (right) edges out On His Own in the 2014 Gold Cup (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The week climaxes with the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, while other highlights include Tuesday's Champion Hurdle, Wednesday's Queen Mother Champion Chase and the World Hurdle on Thursday.

The clash between the top English and Irish horses is what makes the Festival for many and the biggest cheers are almost always reserved for the Irish-trained winners, many of whom are well-backed. Certainly, the Festival would not be the same without the Irish punters, who revel in taking on the Cheltenham bookmakers in their great annual pilgrimage to the Gloucestershire countryside.

All spectators will be able to recall their favourite Festival race. Perhaps the older ones were there for the epic Gold Cup contests in the 1960s between the incomparable Arkle and brave Mill House; others will have marvelled at Dawn Run - the only racehorse to have completed the Champion Hurdle - Gold Cup double (in 1984 and 1986 respectively). Many will look back with fondness to the popular grey Desert Orchid’s Gold Cup triumph in 1989 or, more recently, Best Mate’s third Gold Cup in 2004 and Moscow Flyer's second Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2005, whilst Kauto Star's triumphant second Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2009 will also rank highly for many.


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