Cheltenham Live Streaming
With crowds unable to attend the Cheltenham Festival 2021 due to the Covid pandemic, live coverage will be more important than ever for racing fans. There will be the usual extensive TV coverage plus Cheltenham Festival Live Streaming from your bookmaker. Here is a run-down of how and where to find the best Cheltenham coverage so that you miss none of the action!
Cheltenham 2021 Schedule
Cheltenham Festival Day 1
The Cheltenham Festival 2021 gets under way at 1.30pm on Tuesday 16th March with the Supreme Novices Hurdle over two miles. The famous “Cheltenham Roar” will be muted this year as battle commences between the best horses in Britain and Ireland. However, ITV cameras will be there for the best of the action to ensure that the excitement is undiminished for racing fans.
The Grade 1 Arkle Trophy follows at 2.10, named after the legendary three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner. The Arkle is the top novice chase over two miles and regularly produces future Champion Chase winners. The winner will be trying to follow in the hoofprints of the likes of Flyingbolt (1965), Moscow Flyer (2002), Sprinter Sacre (2012) and Altior (2017).
The highlight of the opening day is the Champion Hurdle at 3.30 over two miles. This race has been dominated by owner JP McManus and trainer Nicky Henderson in recent years. They teamed up successfully with Epatante in 2020 and the mare will be hot favourite to retain her crown.
The competitive Ultima Handicap Chase at 2.50 and The Mare’s Hurdle at 4.10 complete ITV Racing’s coverage. The Novices’ Handicap Chase (4.50) and the National Hunt Chase (5.30) round off the day’s action. On all four days, you can watch the final two races live on Racing TV or through Cheltenham Live Streaming on your bookmaker app or website.
If you’re thinking of having a flutter this year make sure you take advantage of our day one tips for this year’s Cheltenham Festival
Cheltenham Festival Day 2
The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at 1.30pm over two miles and five furlongs is the first of five live Cheltenham races on ITV on day 2. This race was won by Istabraq in 1997 who went on to win three Champion Hurdles. Other horses to score here include Hardy Eustace (2003), Faugheen (2014) and last year’s winner Envoi Allen (2020)
The RSA Chase at 2.10 features the top three-mile novice chasers. This race thrilled spectators and TV viewers in 2020 when Champ stormed up the hill to catch Minella Indo and Allaho in the shadow of the post. The RSA has produced numerous future Gold Cup winners including Arkle (1963), Garrison Savannah (1990), Denman (2007) and Bobs Worth (2012). If you want to get ahead of the game in 2021 take a look at our day two tips
The feature race on day 2 is the Queen Mother Champion Chase over two miles at 3.30. Badsworth Boy remains the only horse to win the race three times while dual winners include Nicky Henderson’s Sprinter Sacre (2013, 2016) and Altior (2018, 2019).Politologue will be bidding to add his name to that illustrious list this season.
The big betting race on day 2 is the Coral Cup at 2.50 while Tiger Roll could be trying to revive his hopes of a third Grand National victory by lining up in the Cross Country Chase at 4.10. Wednesday’s action is completed by the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at 4.50 and the Champion Bumper at 5.30, both available through Cheltenham Festival Live Streaming and to Racing TV subscribers.
Cheltenham Festival Day 3
The Marsh Novices’ Chase over two and a half miles gets the action under way on day 3 at 1.30. All eyes will be on the unbeaten Envoi Allen who is rated by many as the Irish banker bet of the meeting. He will be trying to emulate compatriots Sir Des Champs (2012) and Vautour (2015) who both went on be leading chasers.
The Grade 1 Ryanair Chase at 2.50 often produces a thrilling finish with Min battling on bravely to beat Saint Calvados 12 months’ ago. Min is on schedule to defend his title and equal the two victories of Albertas Run (2010 and 2011).
The Stayers’ Hurdle at 3.30 is the feature race on Thursday, won for four successive seasons by the Paul Nicholls-trained Big Buck’s (2009 – 2012). Paisley Park was expected to follow up his 2019 victory last year but disappointed behind 50-1 outsider Lisnagar Oscar. He is back to his best this season but faces a tough rival in Thyme Hill. Our experts have had their say on Paisley Park’s chances on our day three tips page, make sure to check it out before deciding on who to back!
The Pertemps Final at 2.10 always attracts plenty of betting interest. The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at 4.10 is the final live free-to-air race on ITV. The final two races are the Mares’ Novice Hurdle (4.50) and the Kim Muir Handicap Chase (5.30), both shown live on Racing TV and on Cheltenham Festival Live Streaming.
Cheltenham Festival Day 4
Gold Cup Day begins with the Triumph Hurdle for four-year-olds at 1.30. The race produced drama last year when runaway leader Goshen unseated his rider at the final flight. The remarkable Tiger Roll won this race in 2014 and famously won back-to-back Grand Nationals in 2018 and 2019.
The County Handicap Hurdle at 2.10 is one of the most competitive races of the week and is followed by the top staying novices in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at 2.50. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the climax to Cheltenham festival week and one of the most bet-on races in the world, make sure you take a look at what our experts have tipped on our Day 4 and Gold Cup tips page. Golden Miler won an incredible five successive times from 1932 to 1936. Al Boum Photo will try to emulate Best Mate (2002 to 2004) by winning a third consecutive Gold Cup for Willie Mullins this year.
The Foxhunter Chase (4.10) is the Amateur Riders’ Gold Cup and the final live Cheltenham race on ITV. As on the previous three days, the concluding Grand Annual Chase (4.50) and the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle (5.30) can be seen live by Racing TV subscribers or on your bookmaker’s Cheltenham Live Streaming service.
How To Watch Cheltenham Live
There are several options for watching Cheltenham 2021 live, whether at home on your TV or laptop, or out and about on your mobile device.
Cheltenham Festival on TV
ITV will provide live coverage of the first five races of the Cheltenham Festival each day. The Opening Show will be broadcast each morning to update you on non-runners, market movers and any significant going changes plus Cheltenham Tips from ITV’s panel of experts.
You can also watch any race at the Cheltenham Festival live on your computer or mobile device through most leading bookmaker sites. You only need to stake a small amount on any race to receive live pictures of the action. For more detailed information, check your bookmaker’s website.
What channel is Cheltenham races on today?
All 28 races of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival will be screened live in HD on Racing TV (Sky Channel 426). The first five races each day will be shown free-to-air on ITV. Coverage begins at 1pm each day and continues until 4.30pm. If you are not a Racing TV subscriber, you can watch the final two races by live streaming through your bookmaker site. Alternatively, tune in to BBC Radio 5 Live Extra for commentary on all 28 races at the Cheltenham Festival 2021.
Cheltenham Races Live Stream
If you cannot get to a TV during the racing, you can still watch the action by Cheltenham Festival live streaming through your bookmaker website. Most sites allow you to the view the race by staking a small wager, typically £1, although some sites now only require that you have credit in your account. You will be able to watch Cheltenham races live stream through your computer or mobile device. For full details please check your bookmaker’s website.