Cheltenham Festival 2023 kicked off on Tuesday as the biggest event on the racing calendar gets underway.

Prestbury Park plays host to four action-packed days of racing with around a quarter of a million people expected to attend.

Rachael Blackmore steered Honeysuckle to a fairytale and highly emotional victory in the Mares’ Hurdle on Day 1, on her final career start for Henry de Bromhead, before Energumene and Delta Work were among the big-name winners on Day 2.

Here’s everything you need to know about watching the Cheltenham Festival:

What TV channel is Cheltenham Festival on?

The first race of the day will be on ITV4, before ITV1 broadcast the the next four races of each day’s coverage, which starts from 1pm, while subscription channel Racing TV will show every race, including the final two of the day, with build-up ahead of the races. You can also follow all the action with The Independent’s live blog.

How to stream Cheltenham online

Cheltenham can be watched live in its entirety on Racing TV’s website and app by race fans, provided they are subscribers to the channel. Meanwhile, ITV also live-stream the first five races on the ITVX website and app.

A number of betting websites and apps also show all the races, provided you have a funded account with them.

St Patrick’s Thursday – Thursday, March 16

  • Turners Novices’ Chase – 1.30pm
  • Pertemps Network Final Hurdle – 2.10pm
  • Ryanair Chase – 2.50pm
  • Stayers’ Hurdle – 3.30pm
  • County Plate Chase – 4.10pm
  • Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle – 4.50pm
  • Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup – 5.30pm

Gold Cup Day – Friday, March 17

  • Triumph Hurdle Jump – 1.30pm
  • Country Handicap Hurdle – 2.10pm
  • Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – 2.50pm
  • Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase – 3.30pm
  • Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase – 4.10pm
  • Mares’ Chase – 4.50pm
  • Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle – 5.30pm

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