CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DATES 2023

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Date Time Race Race Type
Tuesday 15th March 1.30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Novice Hurdle
2.10 Arkle Chase Novice Chase
2.50 Ultima Handicap Chase Handicap Chase
3.30 Champion Hurdle Championship Race
4.10 Mares’ Hurdle Mares’ Only Championship Race
4.50 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Handicap Hurdle
5.30 National Hunt Chase Novice Chase For Amateur Jockeys
Wednesday 16th March 1.30 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Novice Hurdle
2.10  Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase Novice Chase
2.50 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
3.30 Queen Mother Champion Chase Championship Race
4.10 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase Cross Country Chase
4.50 Grand Annual Handicap Chase Handicap Chase
5.30 Champion Bumper Flat Race
Thursday 17th March 1.30 Turners Novices’ Chase Novice Chase
2.10 Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle
2.50 Ryanair Chase Championship Race
3.30 Stayers’ Hurdle Championship Race
4.10 Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase
4.50 Mares Novices’ Hurdle Mares’ Only Novice Hurdle
5.30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase For Amateur Riders
Friday 18th March 1.30 Triumph Hurdle Juvenile Novice Hurdle
2.10 County Hurdle Handicap Hurdle
2.50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Novice Hurdle
3.30 Cheltenham Gold Cup Championship Race
4.10 Foxhunters Chase Hunter Chasers’ Race For Amateur Riders
4.50 Mares’ Chase Mares’ Only Championship Race
5.30 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Handicap Hurdle For Conditional Jockeys

The Cheltenham 2023 dates have been announced and racing fans can look forward to four days of explosive action. This Cheltenham Festival takes place between Tuesday, March 15th and Friday, March 18th. The first race, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle starts at 1:30pm and the Cheltenham Gold Cup takes place on the final day, the 18th of March 2021, at 3.30pm.

And now those Cheltenham festival dates have been released we can look forward to 28 races across four days as the equivalent of the equine Olympics takes place at Prestbury Park. Plenty of key questions looks set to be answered. Will Minella Indo retain his Gold Cup crown? Can Paisley Park add to his legend with another authoritative win in the Stayers’ Hurdle? And which young gun could take Altior’s place at the top of the Champion Chase tree?

All these questions and more will be resolved at the Cheltenham Festival 2023 and if you have any queries about Cheltenham dates? Read our Cheltenham FAQ for more details.

2023 Cheltenham Festival Race Times

Sport doesn’t get much better than the Cheltenham Festival and the Cheltenham 2023 dates and times have been revealed 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 2023 edition of the Cheltenham Festival will return to Prestbury Park on various Cheltenham festival dates along with a whole host of newcomers looking to thrust their names into the headlines.

Here are the dates for the 2023 Cheltenham Festival and a little look at which races punters can look forward to on each of the four days.

The finale of the Festival is, of course, Gold Cup Day. While the attention focuses on the 3:05 race, our tipsters have bets and predictions for every race. See all of our Cheltenham day 4 tips.

Which is the best day of the Cheltenham Festival

The best day of the Cheltenham Festival is completely subjective depending on the races you enjoy most. The atmosphere is usually different day by day as well.

The Tuesday often has a feverish atmosphere before the off. It is Champion Day, with the highlight being the Champion Hurdle. That said, the “Cheltenham Roar” accompanies the opening Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, likely to be even louder this year after the 2021 Cheltenham Festival was closed to fans.

Wednesday is Ladies’ Day, ensuring that Cheltenham is bathed in an extra glamorous glow. Fittingly, the Queen Mother Champion Chase is the highlight, and in 2023 this race looks set to host one of the clashes of the Festival as Shishkin battles the Willie Mullins trained duo of Energumene and Chacun Pour Soi.

For colour and vibrancy, St Patrick’s Thursday is always a tremendous occasion. The Irish descend in their masses throughout the week, but Cheltenham becomes even more of a carnival of celebration on the Thursday. Two championship races take place on this day too, in the Ryanair Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle.

Finally, there is Gold Cup Day. For many racing fans, there will never be a day that matches up to the Friday at Cheltenham. The big race, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, takes place in the middle of the card. Steeped in history, the atmosphere reaches a particular fever pitch in the minutes before the off. There is always a good party after the final race, the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle, concludes too!

Get ready for the 2023 Festival

The Cheltenham 2023 dates have been announced and there are plenty of tickets already on sale. Make sure you get yours early and ensure you’re there to soak up the legendary Cheltenham atmosphere. Now the Cheltenham festival dates and times have been revealed, 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.

A view of a fence at the Cheltenham Festival.

A view of a fence at the Cheltenham Festival.

The dates for the 2023 Cheltenham Festival have been announced and racing fans can look forward to four days of explosive action.

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 last year’s Champion Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle and Gold Cup 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 2023 Cheltenham Festival and a little look at which races punters can look forward to on each of the four days.

2023 Cheltenham Festival Dates

Tuesday 15th March – Champion Day

Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2023 Champion Hurdle

1.30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2m 1/2f)
2.10 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase (2m)
2.50 Ultima Handicap Chase (3m 1/2f)
3.30 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (2m 1/2f)
4.10 Mares’ Hurdle (for the David Nicholson Trophy) (2m 4f)
4.50 Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase (2m 4 1/2 f)
5.30 National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase (4m)

Wednesday 16th March – Ladies Day

Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2020 Champion Chase

1.30 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (2m 5f)
2.10 RSA Steeple Chase (3m 1/2f)
2.50 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (2m 5f)
3.30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (2m)
4.10 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (3m 7f)
4.50 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2m 1/2f)
5.30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Open NH Flat Race) (2m 1/2f)

Thursday 17th March – St Patrick’s Day

Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2020 Stayers’ Hurdle

1.30 Marsh Novices’ Steeple Chase (2m 5f)
2.10 Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) (3m)
2.50 Ryanair Chase (2m 5f)
3.30 Stayers’ Hurdle (3m)
4.10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase (2m 5f)
4.50 Mares’ Novices Hurdle (2m2f)
5.30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (3m 1 1/2f)

Friday 18th March – Cheltenham Gold Cup Day

Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2023 Gold Cup

1.30 JCB Triumph Hurdle (2m 1f)
2.10 Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (2m 1f)
2.50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (3m)
3.30 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (3m 2 1/2f)
4.10 Foxhunter Steeple Chase (3m 2 1/2f)
4.50 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase (2m 1/2f)
5.30 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (2m 4 1/2f)

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