Cheltenham Festival 2020 dates, race schedule, TV channel and coronavirus fears

One of Britain's favourite showpiece horse racing events is just around the corner as the Cheltenham Festival is back to provide four days of enthralling jump racing.

Cheltenham Racecourse will welcome the UK and Ireland's most powerful horses to compete for glory, with millions of spectators set to tune in from all around the world.

Millions of pounds will be on the line as punters try to pick the winners over the four-day festival culminating in one of horse racing's most prestigious races – The Cheltenham Gold Cup .

First held in 1819, The Gold Cup is a three-mile jump race penned into every horse racing fan's calendar.

Here's all the information you need ahead of the eagerly anticipated festival.

Where does it take place?

The Cheltenham Festival starts on Tuesday March 10 and runs for four days, ending with The Gold Cup on Friday March 13.

In between those dates is Ladies Day on Wednesday March 11 and St Patrick's Day on Thursday March 12.

Is the Cheltenham Festival on TV?

The festival will be broadcast live on ITV1 for all of the main races and Racing TV will be broadcasting every race.

Live racing coverage on ITV1 will run from 1pm until 4.30pm every day, meaning all of the big races will be shown.

ITV Racing: The Opening Show will also air on ITV4 from 9.30am through to 10.30am each day during the festival.

Will The Cheltenham Festival be cancelled because of the coronavirus?

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in the UK, a lot of racegoers may be wondering how this will effect the festival.

The British Horseracing Authority and Cheltenham Racecourse insist there are no plans to cancel the event and have confirmed that it will go ahead as scheduled.

Full race schedule

Day one: Champion Day (Tuesday, March 10)

  • 1.30pm, Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle
  • 2.10pm, Racing Post Arkle Novices' Chase
  • 2.50pm, Ultima Handicap Chase
  • 3.30pm, Unibet Champion Hurdle
  • 4.10pm, Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle
  • 4.50pm, Northern Trust Company Novices' Handicap Chase
  • 5.30pm, National Hunt Chase (Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase)

Day two: Ladies Day (Wednesday, March 11)

  • 1.30pm, Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
  • 2.10pm, RSA Insurance Novices' Chase
  • 2.50pm, Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
  • 3.30pm, Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
  • 4.10pm, Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
  • 4.50pm, Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
  • 5.30pm, Weatherbys Champion Bumper

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