The 2022 Cheltenham Festival is back with big crowds set to bring the famous atmosphere for the first time in two years.
The ground is officially described as good to soft on Tuesday, for those plotting who to back with clerk of the course Jon Pullin initially reporting a little more ease in conditions earlier on Monday afternoon, but then issued a teatime update after a dry and sunny day.
Pullin, in charge of his first Festival since taking over the reins from Simon Claisse, is anticipating rain on Wednesday and will wait to see what happens before outlining any watering plans.
“Following a drying day on Monday, I have removed the soft in places from the going description on the Old course and switched round the going description on the New course to become good to soft, soft in places,” he said.
“We will monitor conditions and see what the weather brings before making any further decisions on watering.”
The Old course is in use on Tuesday and Wednesday with the New course taking over on Thursday and Friday. The Cross Country course, in use for Wednesday’s Glenfarclas Chase, is good to soft, soft in places.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.
When is the 2022 Cheltenham Festival?
The 2022 Cheltenham Festival starts on Tuesday, 15 March 2022 and ends on Friday, 18 March 2022.
The festival will showcase seven races each day. The first race starts daily at 1:30pm with the last race ending each day’s racing at 5:30pm.
Cheltenham Festival race schedule, guide and results
Look out for 28 races across the four days at the 2022 festival.
Day One: Champion Day – Tuesday, March 15
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – 1.30pm
Arkle Novices’ Chase – 2.10pm
Ultima Handicap Chase – 2.50pm
Champion Hurdle – 3.30pm
Mares’ Hurdle – 4.10pm
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle – 4.50pm
National Hunt Novices’ Chase – 5.30pm
Day Two: Ladies Day – Wednesday, March 16
Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – 1.30pm
Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase – 2.10pm
Coral Cup – 2.50pm
Champion Chase – 3.30pm
Cross Country Chase – 4.10pm
Grand Annual Handicap Chase – 4.50pm
Champion Bumper – 5.30pm
Day Three: St Patrick’s Thursday – Thursday, March 17
Turners Novices’ Chase – 1.30pm
Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle – 2.10pm
Ryanair Chase – 2.50pm
Stayers’ Hurdle – 3.30pm
Paddy Power Plate – 4.10pm
Mares’ Novice Hurdle – 4.50pm
Kim Muir Challenge Cup – 5.30pm
Day Four: Gold Cup Day – Friday, March 18
Triumph Hurdle – 1.30pm
County Hurdle – 2.10pm
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – 2.50pm
Gold Cup – 3.30pm
Festival Hunters’ Chase – 4.10pm
Mares’ Chase – 4.50pm
Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle – 5.30pm
How to watch and follow festival plus ticket information
You can be there in person for the Greatest Show on Turf, with ticket prices starting from £40, with various other price tiers that open up the experience to fans with different enclosures and areas of the racecourse.
However, non-hospitality tickets for Thursday and Friday are now sold out. For full ticket information visit the Cheltenham Festival website here.
If you can’t be there in person, you can watch the coverage unfold on ITV1 with live coverage of the first five races of each day - coverage starts at 12:40pm, though be sure to tune into the hour-long Opening Show on ITV4 at 9am daily, with a preview of all the action ahead.
The only place to watch the entirety of each day though is Racing TV, which offers subscriptions starting from £10 for a day pass, as well as monthly and annual deals. You can follow coverage there from 10am each day.
There is a live stream of the action across ITV Hub and the Racing TV website or app.
You can listen to the races live with the first four races of each day live on talkSPORT, including the headline race at 3.30pm.
While Indy Sport will have you covered with a daily live blog, including all the best tips, results and reaction to the action.
Cheltenham Festival - Day 1 odds
13:30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
Constitution Hill 29/4
Dysart Dynamo 5/2
Mighty Potter 7/1
Bring On The Night 18/1
Silent Revolution 50/1
JPR One 100/1
14:10 Arkle Novices’ Chase
Riviere D’etel 7/1
Blue Lord 4/1
Haut En Couleurs 7/1
Saint Sam 9/1
Magic Daze 14/1
Coeur Sublime 16/1
Brave Seasca 33/1
War Lord 40/1
Red Rookie 100/1
14:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
Does He Know 8/1
Death Duty, Noble Yeats 9/1
Corach Rambler, Fantastikas, Frodon, Full Back, Gericault Roque, Our Power, Tea Clipper 11/1
Lostintranslation, Oscar Elite 16/1
Ben Dundee 18/1
Discordantly, Kiltealy Briggs, Vintage Clouds 22/1
Foxy Jacks 29/1
Doctor Duffy, Grump Charley, Rapper 33/1
Run To Milan 40/1
One More Fleurie 80/1
15:30 Champion Hurdle
Appreciate It 4/1
Tommys Oscar 33/1
Sant Roi 50/1
Glory And Fortune, Not So Sleepy 100/1
16:10 Mares’ Hurdle
Queens Brook 4/1
Stormy Island 11/2
Burning Victory 8/1
Echoes In Rain 9/1
Mrs Milner 11/1
Maries Rock 12/1
Heaven Help Us 14/1
Martello Sky 18/1
Western Victory 50/1
Nada To Prada 150/1
16:50 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Gaelic Warrior 9/4
The Tide Turns 13/2
Champion Green 11/1
HMS Seahorse 12/1
Doctobr Brown Bear, Saint Segal, Too Friendly 16/1
Britzka, Prairie Dancer 20/1
Petit Tonnerre 22/1
Dr T J Eckleburg 25/1
Forever William 28/1
Bell Ex One, Feigh, Iberique Du Seuil, White Pepper 33/1
Sea Sessions 35/1
Milldam, Swinging London 40/1
Doctor Churchill, Skycutter 50/1
17:30 Nations Hunt Novices’ Chase
Run Wild Fred 2/1
Pats Fancy 7/1
Cheltenham Gold Cup odds
A Plus Tard 10/3
Minella Indo 9/2
Al Boum Photo 10/1
Tornado Flyer 12/1
Chantry House 16/1
Royale Pagaille 16/1
*Odds provided by Betfair, NRNB market, correct as of Sunday, March 13.