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Cheltenham 2023 Race Schedule: Today’s Times and TV Broadcast Info

The Cheltenham 2023 race schedule has officially been released. And if you want to know what races are scheduled in terms of the day and time, we’ve got you covered right here.

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A general view of horses in the parade ring prior to The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle during Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse – Photo by Icon sport

Cheltenham 2023 Race Schedule – Overview

The Cheltenham Festival 2023 is set to begin on Tuesday, March 14th. This will be the first of four full days of top-level horse racing, and punters are understandably excited about what’s around the corner. With that said, not all of the races carry the same prestige, and each of the races has a different set of horses and jockeys involved. Therefore, it’s fairly safe to say that every day of the Cheltenham Festival will give us something new to observe.

As for the Cheltenham 2023 race schedule, you will no doubt want to know what’s lined up for each of the four days. So let us give you the scoop in the following sections.

Cheltenham Race Schedule – Tuesday

Tuesday marks the start of the Cheltenham Festival, as stressed earlier. And this is also the day in which the ‘Cheltenham roar’ comes to flourish when the first race of the day begins. As you can see below, the first race is the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – a G1 race to get things started on the right foot. This is followed by three more G1 races throughout the day, which we’ve highlighted in bold to keep things easy.

Anyway, for the complete race schedule for day one of the festival, please see the full breakdown here:

  • Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – 13:30
  • Arkle Challenge Trophy – 14:10
  • Handicap Steeple Chase – 14:50
  • Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy – 15:30
  • Mares’ Hurdle – 16:10
  • Juvenile Handicap Hurdle – 16:50
  • National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup – 17:30

Wednesday – Cheltenham Race Schedule

As we move into day two of the 2023 Cheltenham Festival, things don’t slow down – not by any means. In fact, day two of the festival matches the number of G1 races witnessed on the first day of the entire event. With 4x Grade One races to watch on day two, including the enormous Queen Mother Champion Chase at 15:30, this is certainly a day to tune in for.

For the full breakdown of the race schedule on day two, including G1 races highlighted in bold, please see below:

  • Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – 13:30
  • Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase – 14:10
  • Coral Cup Hurdle – 14:50
  • Queen Mother Champion Chase – 15:30
  • Cross-Country Steeple Chase – 16:10
  • Grand Annual Handicap Chase – 16:50
  • Champion Bumper – 17:30

Cheltenham Race Schedule – Thursday

Day three of the Cheltenham Festival is when the party atmosphere really begins. After all, day three is officially St Patrick’s day, which lends itself to a fair bit of fun and plenty of betting for those who are interested. As for the main events, you’ve definitely got to tune in for the Turners Novices’ Chase at 13:30 – a sensational G1 race. This is followed by back-to-back Grade One races scheduled for 14:50 and 15:30, paving the way for an action-filled racing day on Thursday.

As we’ve done for the other days too, make sure you take note of the full schedule listed below:

  • Turners Novices’ Chase – 13:30
  • Pertemps Network Final Hurdle – 14:10
  • Ryanair Chase – 14:50
  • Stayers’ Hurdle – 15:30
  • County Plate Chase – 16:10
  • Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle – 16:50
  • Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup – 17:30

Friday – Cheltenham Race Schedule

The final day of the Cheltenham Festival is obviously when things will come to a close. However, while this might be the final day of racing, there is still a ton of top-level action to watch. With three G1 events scheduled for day four, including the biggest of them all, day four is arguably the pick of the bunch. As for the biggest race, we are referencing the famous Cheltenham Gold Cup here, which attracts the best jockeys and horses in the land.

Cheltenham Festival Horses
Runners and riders during The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham Racecourse – Photo by Icon sport

The winner of this race instantly becomes a legend of the sport, and the 2023 Gold Cup should be one of the best yet. Should you want to take note of the entire schedule for day four, just check out the listed races here:

  • Triumph Hurdle Jump – 13:30
  • Country Handicap Hurdle – 14:10
  • Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – 14:50
  • Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase – 15:30
  • Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase – 16:10
  • Mares’ Chase – 16:50
  • Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle – 17:30

TV Schedule for Cheltenham Festival 2023

You may have noticed a pattern as we’ve worked our way through the Cheltenham 2023 race schedule. Each of the four days that make up the festival plays host to a grand total of 7x races. Of course, every day is different, yet the race times and the total number of events remain exactly the same throughout the event. This makes it easy to keep track of the races that you ultimately want to watch and/or place a wager on. Yet it also makes things simple concerning the TV schedule for the 2023 Cheltenham Festival.

As you may have seen already, it’s ITV that will be covering the entire festival in the United Kingdom. This is the main TV channel that everyone can tune in to without paying any sort of free, as it’s included in the direct TV services around the nation. But for those who subscribe to Racing TV, or for those who wish to, this is also a channel that will be covering the races – with a load of additional content too.

With that said, coming back to the TV schedule for the main ITV channel, coverage is set to start at 13:00 each day during the festival. This is 30 minutes before the main action begins, which gives enough time for some interviews, pundit chats, and more before the races unfold. ITV will then cover all of the races except the final race on each day, mainly because the final races aren’t graded as high as the others. However, you’ve still got plenty of races to watch through ITV for each day.

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