In this Cheltenham Festival 2021 Dates And Free Tips guide I aim to give you as much info as possible on how things work at the Festival if you’re lucky enough to go.
Cheltenham begins in under a week now so I thought I would give you all some free Cheltenham Festival 2021 tips for this year’s renewal as well as all the important details such as the dates and race times.
Cheltenham is one of those magical horse racing meetings that always draws a crowd each and every year, to give you an idea of how big Cheltenham is there were an incredible 236,472 pints of Guinness drank at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.
Don’t worry if this year the Cheltenham Festival is abandoned due to Coronavirus fears, Weather, etc tickets will be refunded in most cases.
50% refunds occur when the race meeting is abandoned when halfway through or after the first few races.
Cheltenham Festival 2021 Dates
The 2020 Cheltenham Festival will begin at 13:30 on Tuesday, 10 March, and ends on Friday, 13 March (United Kingdom Time). Gates will open from 10.30 am.
The venue’s location is Prestbury Park in Gloucestershire. The closest train station is Cheltenham but its not actually that close to the racecourse,
Day 1 – Champion Day – Tuesday 16th March 2021
13:30 – Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2m 87y
14:10 – Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase 1m 7f 199y
14:50 – Ultima Handicap Chase 3m 1f
15:30 – Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 2m 87y
16:10 – Close Brothers Mares Hurdle 2m 3f 200y
16:50 – Boodles Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Chase 2m 4f 44y
17:30 – National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase 3m 5f 201y
Day 2 – Ladies Day – Wednesday 17th March 2021
13:30 – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle 2m 5f
14:10 – Festival Novices’ Chase 3m 80y
14:50 – Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle 2m 5f
15:30 – Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase 1m 7f 199y
16:10 – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 3m 6f
16:50 – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase
17:30 – Weatherbys Champion Bumper
Day 3 – St Patrick’s Day – Thursday 18th March 2021
3:30 – Marsh Novices’ Chase 2m 3f 168y
14:10 – Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle 2m 7f 213y
14:50 – Ryanair Chase 2m 4f 127y
15:30 – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle 2m 7f 213y
16:10 – Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase 2m 4f 127y
16:50 – Daylesford Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle 2m 179y
17:30 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase 3m 2f
Day 4 – Gold Cup Day – Friday 19th March 2021
13:30 – JCB Triumph Hurdle 2m 179y
14:10 – County Handicap Hurdle 2m 179y
14:50 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 2m 7f 213y
15:30 – Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase 3m 2f 70y
16:10 – Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase 3m 2f 70y
16:50 – Mrs. Paddy Power Mares Chase 2m 62y
17:30 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f 56y
How Much does a bet cost at the Cheltenham Festival?
Now, this depends on if you are going to place the bet at a bookmaker on track or at an actual bookmaker shop.
The minimum bet on track at Cheltenham is usually between £2 and £5 but you can sometimes locate a satchel bookie offering £1 minimum bets.
Bookmaker stores will allow much lower bets from as little as 5p-25p. Remember you have to be over 18 to be able to place a bet so make sure you have your ID in case you look younger than you are.
Cheltenham Racecourse Ticket Prices For Cheltenham Festival 2021
The ticket prices for entry into the 2020 Cheltenham Festival will cost you from £37.50 and if you want hospitality it starts at £469.
2021 may be a little different with it being highly likely there will be no crowds permitted for the first time ever.
Make sure that you only buy tickets from the official provider (The Jockey Club) failure to do so may result in paying well over the odds for a ticket.
Get your tickets as early as you can to avoid disappointment and you can also get them cheaper in advance.
Cheltenham Festival Dress Code
The course is well known for anything from fancy dress to people dressed to the nines If you want to fit in and don’t want to do fancy dress I recommend smart attire such as smart jeans, shoes, a shirt and a nice smart jacket for men and a nice dress or smart attire for ladies, especially on ladies day.
Taking Children to Cheltenham Racecourse during the Festival?
Children are welcome but the course will be incredibly busy so I would advise against taking very small kids with you, though it’s your choice, take a look at the image above to see how busy it will be.
Cheltenham Festival 2021 Free Tips
Day 1 – 13:30 Cheltenham 16th March 2021 Supreme Novices – Appreciate It
Day 2 – 14:50 Cheltenham 17th March 2021 Coral Cup – Benson
Day 3 – 14:50 Cheltenham 18th March 2021 Ryanair Chase – Min
Day 4 – 15:30 Cheltenham 19th March 2021 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase – Al Boum Photo
Those are my recommended horses for this year’s meeting so if you win you owe me a beer.
I hope this year’s meeting goes to plan and that you all have a very fun and successful trip to the best horse racing fixture of the year.
Don’t forget if you are looking for tips for this year’s festival I have reviewed some of the most successful horse racing tipsters for 2021 and beyond on this website.