Cheltenham Festival 2020 – When and where to watch

The runners and riders in the Albert Bartlett at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

The runners and riders in the Albert Bartlett at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

We bring you the dates for the 2020 Cheltenham Festival and show you where you can watch all of the races when the Festival starts on Tuesday 10th March.

The biggest event in National Hunt racing is almost upon us. Excitement is really starting to ramp up. In a few weeks’ time, Prestbury Park racecourse will welcome over 250,000 fans through their gates to enjoy the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. For four fantastic days, the sporting world will have their eyes fixed firmly on Cheltenham, as 13 Grade Ones and whole host of other lucrative prizes will be put up for grabs.

Are you a newcomer to the sport of horse racing? Or simply want a little extra details about this years’ Cheltenham Festival? Either way, were here to help!

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham Festival Dates

The opening day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival takes place on Tuesday 10th March. Day two, known as Ladies’ Day, is on Wednesday 11th March. St Patrick’s day in 2020 takes place on Thursday 12th March, before the fourth and final day brings the curtain down on the Cheltenham Festival on Friday 13th March.



The opening Tuesday features four Grade One races, starting with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Novice chasers then take to the track in the Arkle Challenge Trophy on day one, with mares given the chance to land a Grade One in the Mares’ Hurdle. The feature Championship race on day one is the Unibet Champion Hurdle.


The headline act on Ladies’ Day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase, which takes pride of place in the centre of Wednesday’s card. Day two kicks off with two Grade Ones, the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and the RSA Novices’ Chase. Following the Champion Chase, viewers will take in the unique spectacle of the Cross Country Chase, where the great Tiger Roll will bid for his fifth Festival victory.


St Patrick’s Day Thursday starts with the Grade One Marsh Novices’ Chase. The Ryanair Chase is fast becoming the fifth Championship race at the Cheltenham Festival, and that also takes place on day three. Next up is the oldest of the four Championship race, the Stayers’ Hurdle, where Paisley Park will attempt to defend his crown.


Day four at the Cheltenham Festival features three Grade Ones, including the Triumph Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. Friday at Cheltenham is centred around the most prestigious race in all of jumps racing, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Al Boum Photo handed Willie Mullins his first victory in the Gold Cup 12 months ago. He will return to Cheltenham in March to try and become just the second back-to-back Gold Cup winner of the new Millenium.

A brief look at all four racecards can be found here on our website.

Al Boum Photo winning the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Race Times

The first race on all four days of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival starts at 1:30pm. The seventh and final race each day goes off at 5:30pm. The four Championship races – the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle and the Gold Cup – are scheduled to take place at 3:30pm each day. Details of all race times can be found here.

Where can I watch the Cheltenham Festival?


The first five races on all four days of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival will be shown live on the ITV main channel. Each morning, there will also be a preview show, which will be shown live on ITV4.

Sadly, ITV isn’t allowed to show the sixth and seventh races on any of the four days. Racing TV subscribers, however, will be able to watch all 28 races live.

Betting App Screening

Most betting apps will allow you to watch a live stream of the race if you place a bet on any horse running in that race. Take Unibet, for example. If you log into your Unibet account and place a minimum bet of £1 on any horse running that day, you’ll be able to stream the race live through their mobile app.


The results for all 28 races at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival will be published here on our website as soon as the races have been run.

Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips

Keep your eye on the newsfeed on our website and follow our @cheltenham twitter handle for all of our best Cheltenham Festival ante-post tips bets. We’ll also keep you up to date with any Cheltenham Festival breaking news, Cheltenham betting offers and provide through-the-card tips when we get even closer to the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.