When is Cheltenham Festival 2022? Race schedule, odds, tickets, free bets and TV channel

By Melissa Jones

The clock is ticking and the 2022 Cheltenham Festival is getting ever closer.

Four days of top class horse racing are watched by thousands at the key social event in the calendar.

Racegoers will be more eager to return than ever after coronavirus restrictions left the grandstands empty 12 months ago.

Equine stars including Honeysuckle and Minella Indo will be bidding to land back-to-back wins in two of the big races.

Their connections, Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore, took the meeting by storm in 2021.

But Willie Mullins kept up his usual high standards by scooping an eighth trainers' title.

Ferny Hollow and Galopin Des Champs are two from his stable heading ante-post lists for the March extravaganza.

Shishkin, trained by Nicky Henderson, is the headline act from the home team as they bid to thwart the Irish challenge.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup (PA)
Cheltenham Festival dates

This year's dates are Tuesday, March 15 to Friday, March 18.

Race schedule

The line-up over the four days featuring 28 races. Ireland won 23 of them in 2021 while five went to horses trained in Britain.

TUESDAY: Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Champion Hurdle, David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle, Arkle Chase, National Hunt Chase, Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, Ultima Handicap Chase

WEDNESDAY: Coral Cup, Grand Annual Handicap Chase, Champion Bumper, Champion Chase, Ballymore Novices' Hurdle, Brown Advisory Novices' Chase, Cross Country Chase

THURSDAY: Paddy Power Plate, Kim Muir Challenge Cup, Mares' Novice Hurdle, Turners Novices' Chase, Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle, Ryanair Chase, Pertemps Network Final

FRIDAY: Triumph Hurdle, Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle, Gold Cup, County Hurdle, Foxhunters' Chase, Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Chase

A racegoer watching the action at Cheltenham (Getty)

Head over to Grovesnor Sport to check out the ante-post betting markets.

Prices for the feature Gold Cup are as follows*: 7-2 A Plus Tard, 9-2 Galvin, 7-1 Minella Indo, 10-1 Al Boum Photo, Protektorat, 12-1 Tornado Flyer, 16-1 Asterion Forlonge, Champ, Chantry House, 25-1 bar

Free bets
Tickets and Covid-19 status

The Jockey Club has a range of packages on sale.

At the moment, venues with more than 10,000 people are legally required to check the Covid status of visitors over the age of 18.

The guidance may change nearer the time, however racegoers should be prepared by obtaining a NHS Covid Pass or negative PCR/ rapid lateral flow test 48 hours before attending.

The Guinness Grandstand is sold out for all four days.

Check out the latest tickets on offer here.

TV channel

ITV1 and subscription channel Racing TV will be broadcasting throughout the week

* Odds correct at time of publication

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