The biggest event on the horse racing calendar is just around the corner! From Tuesday March 15 to Friday March 18, the Cheltenham Festival will pit the best horses against each other over four days of prestigious racing.
There will be a total of 28 races with top jockeys and trainers from England and Ireland for this 2022 edition. Day 1 kicks off with four Level 1 races, headlined by the Champion Hurdle.
Day 2 of the festival will feature the Champion Chase. Stayers’ Hurdle and Ryanair Chase races will be on the agenda on Day 3 before the Cheltenham Gold Cup headlines the final day, Day 4.
When and Where Does the Cheltenham Festival Take Place?
The Cheltenham Festival, 2022 edition will take place as every year at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire in England. This year the Cheltenham Festival will take place with seven races on the final day and more than 250,000 people are already expected to attend.
The event is of such importance and is considered the Olympics of obstacle racing, as it brings together the most talented horses in the world to fight for the biggest prizes of the year and unprecedented awards from several million pounds. The festival often pits Ireland’s most capable horses against the best British talent.
The festival is therefore the pinnacle of the horse racing calendar and is often the goal that many trainers train for months or even years in advance. The Cheltenham Festival is also highly anticipated by all bookmakers as it often attracts huge betting turnover as punters flock to find winners from the Tier 1 races and competitive handicaps on offer.
Who Will be Competing at this Year’s Cheltenham Festival?
Willie Mullins is the big winner of the 2021 edition. We can imagine that he will again be an important player for this 2022 edition, this time alongside Henry de Bromhead and Gordon Elliott. Rachael Blackmore, meanwhile, won top jockey honours in 2021 and will be back this year against Paul Townend, Nico de Boinville and Jack Kennedy.
How to Watch the Races on Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival?
All races on the final day of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival will be shown live on English television channel ITV. You can also watch the races and follow the results live from your phone or computer by logging into a reliable and secure bookmaker account.
Day Four, The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, March 18
The Cheltenham Gold Cup scheduled for 3.30pm is the culmination of the festival’s big run. It can be an exhausting ordeal for the horse and for its jockey. Some of the best show jumping horses in the world have won this award, including five-time champion Golden Miller and three-time champions Arkle and Best Mate.
Also, Minella Indo won the race last year but hasn’t won a race since. However, he will be back this year to defend his title on Friday 18 March. Galvin is the new kid on the block after beating A Plus Tard in the Savills Chase. So, the bets are off, who will win the 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup: Galvin, Minella Indo, Protektorat, A Plus Tard, Conflated, Chantry House or Tornado Flyer?
If you want to take advantage of the event to bet, you should know that free bets will be awarded on dedicated sites. So it’s up to you!
Cheltenham Festival’s Best Coaches
Willie Mullins has become a famous name at the Cheltenham Festival. He has a total of 78 winners on his list and we imagine that he will again set the bar even higher this year. With the best horses at his disposal, it would be a total surprise to any horse racing fans if someone else became the first to train 100 winners at the Cheltenham Festival.
The trainer waited many years to saddle his first Gold Cup winner but once he got going, he always won with 2019 and 2020 winner Al Boum Photo. He has also won four Champion Hurdles, two Stayers’ Hurdles and four Ryanair Chases. Just that! Another great trainer who became famous thanks to the Cheltenham festival is Nicky Henderson.
He began training in 1978 and has produced a fantastic 70 Festival winners. Winners include Long Run in 2011 and Bobs Worth 2013 who won the Gold Cup. We also find See You Then which won the Champion Hurdle in 1985, 1986 and 1987. A 2022 Edition which promises to be colourful!
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