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The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most prestigious UK horse meets, with some of the biggest betting opportunities for punters.
Watching Cheltenham Festival live streaming is simply a must!
As such a large-scale event, the live streaming opportunities are immense.
Horse racing fans have several online options to watch the Cheltenham Festival on.
Keep reading to learn how to watch the Cheltenham Festival on each of the different options.
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Live stream the Cheltenham Festival with Bet365
Bet365 live streaming is one of the greatest in the market today, with more than 70,000 events streamed to your computer or device.
The Bet365 live streaming service streams all UK and Irish horse race meets shown on At the Races and Racing UK, and all you need is a minimum stake.
The embedded player also allows you to catch up on the action from inside the race card from submitting a qualifying bet.
Watch the Cheltenham Festival on our live horse racing online video streaming service via Bet365.
It is one of the biggest events in UK horse racing and the Cheltenham Festival promises four days of fantastic drama in the picturesque Cotswolds.
How to watch the Cheltenham Festival live streaming with Bet365
- Sign up to Bet365
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Live stream the Cheltenham Festival with 888sport
888sport have come into the fold, showcasing all events from all 85 racecourses in the UK and Ireland.
There’s no sacrifice to the quality, whether accessing it on your phone, tablet or computer.
All you need to do is place a £1 single bet or 50p each way to get into the service.
How to watch the Cheltenham Festival live streaming with 888sport
- Sign up to 888sport
- Minimum 10 pounds/euros deposit
The Importance of the Cheltenham Festival
In terms of single races, if you asked sport fans to name one jump race they would more than likely say the Grand National. However, ask any horse racing fan what is the main horse racing meeting of the season and pretty much every single one would tell you it is the Cheltenham Festival.
This is the meeting that trainers aim their horses at. When they are making race plans, they often start at the Festival, pick the race they want to win and then work backwards form that point, creating a program of races that fit in perfectly with their horse being at Cheltenham in the best possible condition.
Cheltenham is the place where everyone wants a winner, from jockeys and trainers to owners with big dreams and of course punters. The festival is spread across four days, each with seven races on the card, giving punters 28 chances to beat the bookies.
The best of the best come together though, so it is not easy, but there is nothing like the feeling you get from backing a winner at Cheltenham.
The Main Races of the Cheltenham Festival
The entire 28 race schedule for the festival is packed with exciting and hugely important races. However, in terms of Championship races, we have four, one taking place on each day of the meeting.
The Champion Hurdle takes place on Tuesday, the opening day of the festival and this is a two mile race over hurdles. The race tests speed and jumping ability, just one small error could be the end of the race for anyone.
Day two on Wednesday is another speed test but this time it is the Champion Chase, a race over the larger obstacles, but still over two miles. Again, just like the Champion Hurdle, this race is about speed but also about jumping at speed and errors can prove to be costly. Two mile chase races are often some of the most dramatic, which is why so many people love the Champion Chase.
Day three on Thursday has the Stayers Hurdle headlining the bill, a race over three miles and using the smaller obstacles. This is a true test, Cheltenham is a very difficult course to run on and has a big uphill finish so staying power is needed to get home in this one.
Rounding off the festival on day four, which is Friday, is perhaps the biggest race of the entire meeting, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. This race has an incredibly special place in the hearts of many people and finds out who is the true warrior. Ran over 3m2f, with an uphill finish, potentially tough ground and with the large fences to jump, you need to be special to win this prize.
Any Cheltenham winner is seen as a star by those in racing, but the setup of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the prestige surrounding the race is why the winners of this event are deemed extra special.
Cheltenham Festival – Day by Day Guide
The festival takes place across four days, and regardless of the dates each year, the four days are always Tuesday through to Friday.
Tuesday – Champion Day
The first day of the meeting features the Champion Hurdle amongst other races. We begin with the traditional Cheltenham roar, which comes just before the first race of the day. That is the Supreme Novice Hurdle, a race where we often see youngsters come to life and show they can be champions of the future.
Horses from the first day often come back to the same day a year later if taking one of the two conventional paths. Those going chasing could end up in the Arkle Chase, the second race on the card, while those who stay hurdling will be hoping to develop into Champion Hurdle contenders.
The Champion Hurdle grabs the limelight, a great test and the one that all trainers and jockeys want to win on the first day.
Wednesday – Ladies Day
All big horse racing meetings have a designated Ladies Day and for Cheltenham this is Wednesday. The Champion Chase takes centre stage on Wednesday, with two miles ahead of the competitors in what is a unique speed test over this course.
Elsewhere, four of the seven races on Wednesday are for younger horses, so those watching the Cheltenham live stream on this day should certainly be making notes for the future. The Ballymore Novice Hurdle and RSA Novice Chase are both for horses that will be strong stayers, so potentially Stayers Hurdle and Gold Cup horses of the future.
Later on the card, we have the juvenile handicap and the Champion Bumper, both for young horses taking their first real steps into racing.
Thursday – St Patrick’s Day
Many Irish fans head to Cheltenham for the festival and on Thursday they have their day to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. This day is unique because we essentially have two feature races.
The Stayers Hurdle is the traditional feature of the day, a 3m hurdle race that has been run for many years. Alongside that, we have the Ryanair Chase, a race that has only recently been introduced, but has quickly become a huge success. This race is over 2m5f, essentially a Gold Cup for those horses who stay but don’t quite get the Gold Cup distance.
Many complained at the time that the race would take something away from the Gold Cup but that hasn’t been the case, it is a great contest in its own right.
The Marsh Chase is another race on Thursday worth watching for those who are looking towards the future. This race is a 2m4f chase, horses who run well in this will go on to be either horses for the Ryanair Chase or if they show staying power, horses for the Gold Cup.
Friday – Gold Cup Day
The final day of the Cheltenham Festival features the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the biggest prize in jump racing for many people. This race is a hugely exciting event every single year, taking a very special horse to win it.
The horses run over 3m2f, so this is a real test of stamina, with a lot of jumping involved too, so horses need to jump well. Just when that is bad enough, the race has a big uphill finish up the Cheltenham hill, a place where dreams have been shattered and heroes have been made in the past.
Straight after the main event, we have the Foxhunters Chase, a race known as the Gold Cup for amateur riders. This is for horses who have been running in point-to-point races or hunter chases and only amateur riders can ride in the race.
The race uses exactly the same course and distance as the Gold Cup, and brings together the very best from the amateur racing scene in the UK and Ireland.
Previous Cheltenham Gold Cup Winners
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a race that many people will have fond memories of. We have seen some great winners in the past, horses that have gone down in history as some of the best we have ever seen.
Since the year 2000, there are two big names that stick out as being Gold Cup favourites, those are Best Mate and Kauto Star.
The Henrietta Knight trained Best Mate landed three Gold Cups in row between 2002 and 2004. You have to go back to Arkle in the years 1964 to 1966 to find the last time a horse did that, and no one has done it since.
Best Mate was a real favourite with punters, and was sent off a strong favourite to win his second and third cups here. Every time he won the race, he was ridden by Jim Culloty, his regular pilot and a man who had just as much association with the horse as trainer Henrietta Knight did.
She never went on to win another Gold Cup before retiring, but Jim Culloty did, this time as a trainer in 2014 when he trained Lord Windermere to win the race with Davy Russell on board.
Another name that you immediately link with the Cheltenham Gold Cup is Kauto Star. Trained by Paul Nicholls, Kauto went on to win two Gold Cup’s, these were separated by a loss to stable mate Denman. The two wins came in 2007 and 2009, while he was second in 2008 and third in 2011, despite being at the very end of his career.
Kauto Star was one of the many horses to take Paul Nicholls to the top of the training ranks in the early 2000′s, with Denman being another. In the 2008 Gold Cup, Nicholls trained the first three home, Denman, Kauto Star and Neptune Collonges.
Ruby Walsh had a great connection with Kauto Star, at a time when he was stable jockey for Paul Nicholls and had his pick of the big race rides. He always chose to ride Kauto Star over anything else, including Denman when they met.
Go back further and you can mention other big names such as Arkle and Golden Miller, but in terms of recent history, no other horses compare to Best Mate and Kauto Star when it comes to Gold Cup success.
However, we could see that change in 2021, with the Willie Mullins trained Al Boum Photo. This horse has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the past two seasons, we don’t see him run very often, but when he does make it to the track, Mullins ensures he is at the very top of his game.
His win in 2019 was a little unexpected, but the horse certainly made his impression on racing that day. He ran again in 2020 and was sent off as the favourite, plenty more was expected and he did not disappoint.
Paul Townend has rode the horse on both occasions, and assuming he gets to the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup in good form, Townend will surely choose to ride him out of the Mullins contenders once again.
Prior to 2019, the Gold Cup has always eluded Willie Mullins, he’d tried hard in the past, but never managed to win the race. Now he is on the verge of saddling a horse up to try and win his third consecutive Gold Cup, emulating what Best Mate did. A win for Al Boum Photo would certainly put him in the history books as being a Gold Cup great.