No matter if you are an avid fan of horse races or if you would like to make this year’s festival a bit more interesting by placing a wager, the more you know the better. Every piece of information could mean a great difference when predicting the winner of the Cheltenham Festival 2020.
The first thing you need to know about the Cheltenham Festival is that when it comes to race prize money it is one of the best racing events in the United Kingdom, with the Grand National being the only one with a bigger prize. So it goes without saying that it is one of the most important and most popular equestrian festivals in the country. The Cheltenham Festival takes place every year in March, usually on Saint Patrick’s Day and the location of the festival is, of course, Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
The festival itself features Grade I races which are held over the course of four days. These Grade I races are the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Champion Hurdle, and Stayers’ Hurdle.
So, what should you know about the Cheltenham Festival 2020? Firstly, the festival opens on the 10th of March and ends four days after, on the 13th. This means that you have enough time to plan your betting strategy b gathering all the information you can.
Day 1 – Champion Hurdle
On the 10th of March 2020, the races will officially begin with the sound of the “Cheltenham roar”, as the audience will welcome another four days of intense and extraordinary entertainment. The event will start with The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Races at 13:30. 40 minutes later the audience will watch The Racing Post Arkle Challange Trophy Steeple Chase, followed by the Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase.
The greatest even of the day takes place at 15:30 for the prize money of £450,000 – The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy. The last three events for the day, the Mares’ Hurdle Race, the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase, and a Grade 2 race called the National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup, will also be very energetic with high prizes.
Day 2 – Queen Mother Chase
On Wednesday, the 11th of March, the audience will have yet another day filled with fantastic horses and great racers ahead of them. The star of the show, The Betway Queen Mother Chase, is the fourth one on the schedule for the day. The races that come before it are The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race, the RSA Insurance Novices’ Steeple Chase, and the Coral Cup Hurdle. The races that follow the big one are the Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase, a Grade 3 race called the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race, and the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.
Day 3 – Steeple Chase & Stayers Hurdle
Day 3 is characterized by 2 grand races that are marked third and fourth on the schedule – The Ryanair Steeple Chase and The Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle.
Day 4 – Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase
The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase, the star of this day and the event in general, will begin at around 15:30, with the grand prize of £625,000.