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The dates for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival have been announced and racing fans can look forward to four days of explosive action.

When is Cheltenham 2019?

This year's Cheltenham Festival takes place between Tuesday March 12th and Friday March 15th. The first race, the Supreme Novices' Hurdle starts at 1:30pm.

When is the 2019 Gold Cup?

The Gold Cup takes place on the final day of Cheltenham, the 15th of March 2019. The race itself will start at 3:30pm. 

Have more questions about the Festival? Read our Cheltenham FAQ for more details. 

2019 Cheltenham Festival Race Times

Sport doesn't get much better than the Cheltenham Festival. The entire nation will embrace jumps racing for four days during the second week of March, as legends are made, records are broken and the best equine athletes etch their names into the annals of sporting history.

Many of the horses who starred in the 2018 edition of the Cheltenham Festival will return to Prestbury Park next year, along with a whole host of newcomers looking to thrust their names into the headlines.
Here are the dates for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival and a little look at which races punters can look forward to on each of the four days.

Tuesday 12th March - Champion Day

13:30Supreme Novices' Hurdle2m 1/2fHurdle
14:10Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase2mChase
14:50Ultima Handicap Chase3m 1/2fChase
15:30Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy2m 1/2fHurdle
16:10Mares' Hurdle (for the David Nicholson Trophy)2m 4fHurdle
16:50National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase4mChase
17:30Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase2m 4 1/2 fChase
The opening day of the Festival is traditionally greeted by the Cheltenham roar, as racegoers cheer the opening race of the day. With the Champion Hurdle taking centre stage, be sure to check out our Cheltenham Tuesday tips for reliable wagering advice on Champion Day. 

Wednesday 13th March - Ladies Day

13:30Ballymore Novices' Hurdle2m 5fHurdle
14:10RSA Steeple Chase3m 1/2fChase
14:50Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle2m 5fHurdle
15:30Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase 2mChase
16:10Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase3m 7fChase
16:50Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle2m 1/2fHurdle
17:30Weatherbys Champion Bumper2m 1/2fBumper
Wednesday is Ladies Day, with crowds decked out in their finery and looking to impress. The day's marquee race is the Champion Chase and our experts have have a whole host of tips for Wednesday at Cheltenham.

Thursday 14th March - St Patrick's Day

13:30JLT Novices' Steeple Chase2m 5fChase
14:10Pertemps Final 3mHurdle
14:50Ryanair Chase2m 5fChase
15:30Stayers' Hurdle3mHurdle
16:10Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase2m 5fChase
16:50Trull House Stud Mares' Novices Hurdle2m 2fHurdle
17:30Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase3m 1 1/2fChase
With all eyes on the Stayers' Hurdle, the Festival embraces Ireland for St Patrick's Day. Make sure you check out our Cheltenham Thursday tips for previews and wagering advice for all seven of the day's races. 

Friday 15th March - Gold Cup Day

13:30JCB Triumph Hurdle2m 1fHurdle
14:10Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle2m 1fHurdle
14:50Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle3mHurdle
15:30Cheltenham Gold Cup3m 2 1/2fChase
16:10Foxhunter Steeple Chase3m 2 1/2fChase
16:50Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle2m 4 1/2Hurdle
17:30Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase2m 1/2fHurdle
The finale of the Festival is, of course, Gold Cup Day. While the attention focuses on the 3:30 race, our tipsters have bets and predictions for every race. See all of our Cheltenham Friday tips

Get ready for the 2019 Festival

The Festival is fast approaching, with tickets already on sale. Make sure you get yours early and ensure you're there to soak up the legendary Cheltenham atmosphere. You can buy Festiaval tickets here.

Looking to have a bet on two? Our tipsters are already sharing their early Cheltenham tips and ante-post bets, complete with previews of the main races. 

You can also find our free bets for Cheltenham here, updated throughout the Festival with all the best bookmaker offers. 

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