Betting and horse racing have long gone hand-in-hand, but few events even come close to matching the action that accompanies the annual Cheltenham Festival. Several hundred million pounds will exchange hands as bookmakers, betting sites and fans study the horses, set the lines and place wagers on the winners.
Whether you’re new to horse racing or consider yourself an old vet, Cheltenham is the premier event of the year. More than a quarter-million people will attend the races in person this year in addition to many millions more watching on TV from the comfort of home. Whatever your plans may be for the big day, you will suffer no lack of opportunities to bet on the Cheltenham Festival.
Horse racing betting websites are gearing up for the usual surge in race bets as the big event draws near. This 2016 Cheltenham guide will cover everything you need to know to make the most of your betting bankroll this year. Read on for the full schedule of events, where to get the best odds and how to take advantage of the many promotions that are already on offer.
Free bets, deposit bonuses and money-back guarantees will all be on offer this year. If you do your betting online, you’re going to have a lot of offers to sort through – so we’ll make sure to lay it all out so you can find the promotions that best fit your punting style.
Cheltenham Festival Full Schedule of Events
The 2016 Cheltenham Festival kicks off on Tuesday, 15 March and will give us four full days of National Hunt racing through its conclusion on Friday, 18 March. See below for the full schedule of events and odds on every horse.
Tuesday, 15 March: Champion Day
- 13:30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
- 14:10 Arkle Challenge
- 14:50 Ultimate Business Solutions Handicap Steeple Chase
- 15:30 Champion Hurdle
- 16:10 Mares’ Hurdle Race
- 16:50 National Hunt Chase
- 17:30 Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
Wednesday, 16 March: Ladies Day
- 13:30 Neptune Novices’ Hurdle
- 14:10 RSA Steeple Chase
- 14:50 Coral Cup Hurdle
- 15:30 Queen Mother Champion Chase
- 16:10 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
- 16:50 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race
- 17:30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper
Thursday, 17 March: St. Patrick’s Day
- 13:30 JLT Novices’ Chase
- 14:10 Pertemps Network Final
- 14:50 Ryanair Steeple Chase
- 15:30 Ryanair World Hurdle
- 16:10 Brown Advisory Stable Plate
- 16:50 Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle
- 17:30 Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Friday, 18 March: Gold Cup Day
- 13:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle
- 14:10 Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle
- 14:50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
- 15:30 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase
- 16:10 St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge
- 16:50 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
- 17:30 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase Challenge
Wes Burns has more than a decade’s worth of experience as a writer, researcher, and analyst in the legal online betting industry and is co-founder of OnlineBettingSites.com. Wes approaches his work from the viewpoint of players.