Cheltenham Festival
Tuesday 16th - Friday 19th March 2021


An incredible week comes to a close with Galopin Des Champs winning the Martin Pipe Willie Mullins becomes the Top Trainer.

Willie Mullins wins the first ever Mares' Chase with Colreevy.

Porlock Bay wins the Hunters Chase in the closest finish of the week, as he battles Billaway up the hill to win by a whisker.

A Henry de Bromhead 1-2 as Minella Indo sees off stable companion A Plus Tard in the 2021 WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup for Jack Kennedy.

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Vanillier streaks away to win the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle for Gavin Cromwell.

Belfast Banter weaves his way through the field to win the McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle.

Quilixios maintains his unblemished formline with success in the Triumph Hurdle under Rachael Blackmore.

Cheltenham 2021 - Triumph Hurdle Preview & Tips 19/03/21
The Triumph Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt race open to four-year-old juvenile novice hurdlers.

Mount Ida makes it 6 Irish-trained winners on the day with a last-to-first win in the Kim Muir for Denise Foster & Jack Kennedy.

Telmesomethinggirl wins the Mares' Novices' Hurdle and yes, it's that lady Rachael Blackmore AGAIN!

The Shunter wins the Paddy Power Plate and lands a £100k bonus after victory at Kelso.

Flooring Porter floors them in the Stayers’ Hurdle under a cracking front-running ride from Danny Mullins.

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Allaho absolutely bolts up in the Ryanair Chase under Rachael Blackmore for Willie Mullins.

Mrs Milner and Bryan Cooper land the Grade 3 Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle for trainer Paul Nolan.

Chantry House, who was third in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last year, wins the Marsh with hot-favourite Envoi Allen a faller!

Honeysuckle Proves to Be the Number One in Hurdles Division 18/03/21
It has been some rise for the talented mare Honeysuckle over the last few years. Her connections were rewarded for their patience with victory in the 2021 Champion Hurdle, the most prestigious hurdles contest in the sport.

Sir Gerhard wins the Champion Bumper for Willie Mullins.

One for the Brits! Sky Pirate wins the Grand Annual.

Tiger Roll does it again, returning at 9/2 - the winner of the 2021 Cross Country Chase.

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Put The Kettle On won the Sporting Life Arkle 12 months ago, and today she secures the Champion Chase.

Irish trainer Paul Hennessy and jockey Richard Condon are delighted with victory for Heaven Help Us in the Coral Cup.

Monkfish is a workmanlike winner of the Grade 1 Brown Advisory Novices' Chase for Willie Mullins.

A magnificent performance from Bob Olinger who oozes class to win the Ballymore for Rachael Blackmore & Henry de Bromhead.

Three talented horses fight out the finish, but it's Galvin who lands the National Hunt Chase for Ian Ferguson.

It's one of the biggest shocks in the history of The Festival as Sean Flanagan powers Jeff Kidder home to land the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.


Black Tears chins Concertista in a thrilling Grade One Close Brothers' Mares Hurdle to provide Denise Foster with a first Cheltenham success.

It’s a win for Rachael Blackmore & Henry de Bromhead as Honeysuckle triumphs in the Champion Hurdle.

Eleven-year-old Vintage Clouds wins the Ultima Handicap at the fifth time of asking!

Shishkin ran out a brilliant winner of the Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy under Nico De Boinville for Nicky Henderson

Appreciate It ran out a spectacular winner of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend.

Cheltenham Free Bets 12/03/21
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest and most popular race meetings in the UK and the leading bookmakers generally pull out all the stops to bring the punter some great price boosts, free bets and enhanced places on the action at Prestbury Park.

Al Boum Photo Going for Gold Cup Hat-Trick 19/02/21
The Willie Mullins-trained Al Boum Photo is the clear favourite to win this year's Cheltenham Gold Cup, the blue riband event at the Wellchild Cheltenham Festival in March.

JRL Group Sponsors the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup 19/02/21
Leading Construction firm the JRL Group is to be the first ever sponsor of the amateur riders race at The Festival™ Supporting WellChild on Thursday 18th March. 

Why the Cheltenham Festival Remains One of the Standout Events in the Racing Calendar 11/02/21
Although there are great horse race racing events across the globe, there are still a select few festivals that stand out from the rest. In the UK, the meeting at Cheltenham is always one of the first that most fans look out for.

Cheltenham Festival 2021: the Sweet Pangs of Suspense 23/01/21
As one of the most beloved horseracing events of the season, the Festival attracts at least 250,000 spectators every year.

Metier Can Prove His Class In The Supreme 18/01/21
Harry Fry’s unbeaten hurdler Metier has excelled on the track so far in the 2020/21 National Hunt campaign but there could be a lot more to come from the five-year-old.

Envoi Allen the 2021 Cheltenham Festival Banker 23/12/20
Looking ahead to the festival and one of the most popular ante-post bets has been on Envoi Allen and he has to go in as the banker of the meeting at a general even money favourite for the Marsh Novices chase.

Shishkin and Epatante Set for Opening Day Double 16/12/20
The opening day of the 2021 Festival looks like it could result in another double for Henderson, with both Shishkin and Epatante heading in as the overwhelming favourites.

Four Hot Ante Post Favourites for Champion Hurdle Day at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival 20/11/20
Champion Hurdle day always kicks the Cheltenham Festival off with a bang. The card contains four Grade 1 races and one of the most historic events, the National Hunt Chase, in the history of British equine competition.

Can Altior Get Back to his Brilliant Best? 14/05/20
It remains to be seen what kind of Altior we will see next when horse racing resumes after its coronavirus-enforced suspension.

Honeysuckle Continues Unbeaten Career Record with Impressive Festival Victory 17/04/20
Honeysuckle extended her unbeaten career record to nine in the Mares Hurdle and is now without a doubt one of the most exciting horses in training.

Five 2020 Cheltenham Festival Winners to Follow 24/03/20
With another Cheltenham Festival done and dusted, it’s still well worth your while looking back over the four-day extravaganza for some of the most eye-catching performances and impressive displays.

Al Boum Photo defends his Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup title for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend.

Maxine O'Sullivan rode 66-1 outsider It Came To Pass to victory in the St. James's Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase.

Monkfish stuck to his task in tremendous style to win a thrilling race for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

Saint Roi landed a gamble to continue a superb Festival for connections with a convincing victory in the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle.

Goshen was around 10 lengths clear but unseated Jamie Moore when jumping the last and Burning Victory takes advantage to win the Triumph Hurdle.

Milan Native wins the Kim Muir Challenge Cup for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown.

Concertista continues Willie Mullins' perfect record in the Grade 2 Daylesford Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Hot favourite Simply The Betts obliges for Gavin Sheehan in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate.

A shock in the Stayers' Hurdle as 50-1 Lisnagar Oscar takes the win.

Min was finally a winner in his fourth Cheltenham Festival when grinding out victory in the Ryanair Chase.

Gordon Elliott's Sire Du Berlais wins the Pertemps Final for the second year running under Barry Geraghty.

Samcro beats Melon by the narrowest of margins to land the G1 Marsh Novices' Chase in a pulsating drive to the line!

Ferny Hollow wins under Paul Townend to give Willie Mullins his 10th Champion Bumper.

Aramax does the business in the Boodles, with his trainer Gordon Elliott saddling three of the first four home.

French trained Easysland brings up a fantastic seven-timer and remains unbeaten at the track with a commanding success over Tiger Roll in the Glenfarclas Cross Country.

Politologue was the surprise winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, leading home a 1-2 for his trainer Paul Nicholls.

Barry Geraghty produced one of the special Cheltenham Festival rides as Champ came from the clouds in the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase.

Envoi Allen storms to a great win in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle ahead of Easywork and The Big Getaway.

Epatante justified strong market support to provide trainer Nicky Henderson with a record eighth victory in the Unibet Champion Hurdle.

Gordon Elliott gets a win today with James Codd riding Ravenhill patiently to secure the National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase.

The well-backed Imperial Aura delivers for punters with a commanding success in the Northern Trust Company Novices' Handicap Chase.

Honeysuckle provides Henry De Bromhead with his second winner of the festival in the Mares Hurdle!

The first handicap of the 2020 festival goes to Britain as The Conditional wins the Grade 3 Ultima Handicap Chase for trainer David Bridgwater.

An amazing performance from Put The Kettle On as she out-guns all comers to win the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy for Aidan Coleman and Henry de Bromhead!

Shishkin collars Abacadabras in a pulsating start to proceedings in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Coneygree and Cue Card Meet Again at Cheltenham Festival 04/03/20
A dozen former racehorses, including nine individual G1 winners, will be parading on Tuesday, day one of The Festival™ presented by Magners at Cheltenham.

Katie Walsh: A Jockey's Journey at Cheltenham Festival 02/03/20
Cheltenham Festival is the biggest week in jump racing, with over a quarter of a million tickets sold and another three million people expected to watch on TV.

Tiger Roll and Delta Work Training to Bag Gold Cup and Cross-Country Wins 21/02/20
Tiger Roll boasts an official rating of 171, a mark which theoretically would put him right in the mix for the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Al Boum Photo Chasing a Slice of History in Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup 19/02/20
Willie Mullins believes Al Boum Photo's light campaign is a positive as he gears up to defend his G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup crown, bidding to become the first horse since the great Best Mate to win back-to-back editions of Jumps racing's Blue Riband. 

Delta Work and Envoi Allen head Elliott stars heading for The Festival 18/02/20
Gordon Elliott believes Delta Work has all the tools required for the feature Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup on the fourth and a final day of The Festival.

Mullins Slight Favourite over Elliott for Top Trainer at 2020 Cheltenham Festival 18/02/20
Away from the more mainstream betting markets for the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, we find the Top Trainer award.

Supreme Novice Hurdle Contender Chantry House Hoping to Maintain Unbeaten Record in 2020 18/02/20
It may still be early days for Chantry House, however, the six-year-old remains unbeaten in his first three starts under rules.

Nicky Henderson Looks Forward to The Festival  17/02/20
Altior, Epatante and Santini headline his contenders for the championship races at The Festival™ presented by Magners.

Faugheen Maintains His Unbeaten Record Over Fences 17/02/20
It was one of the most popular results of recent times, as Faugheen defied the statistics to win another Grade One at the age of 12.

cheltenhamCheltenham Racecourse

For four extraordinary days in the middle of March the National Hunt racing community from all around the world converges on the elegant spa town of Cheltenham. The twenty-eight races are the most hotly contested of the entire racing calendar with around £4.5 million in prize money and £20 million in bets riding on these Championships.

best mateCheltenham Gold Cup History
In the Gold Cup's history only eight horses have won more than once, and the most recent of them is Alboum Photo in 2019 and 2020. The others were Kauto Star (2007/09) Best Mate (2002/03/04), L'Escargot (1970/71) Easter Hero (1929/30), Golden Miller (1932/33/34/35/36), Cottage Rake (1948/49/50) and Arkle (1964/65/66). All the successes were in consecutive years except for Kauto Star, the only horse to regain the title. The Cheltenham Festival is one of the highlights of the English sporting year.