Cheltenham Festival Tips 2020

The 2020 Cheltenham Festival is finally here!

Four fantastic days of racing from Prestbury Park get underway on Tuesday, March 10th 2020, with the Festival starting as always with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

The Grade 1 contest is a thrilling start to the Cheltenham Festival, with the Supreme Novices featuring the best young hurdlers as the Old Course is the stage for racing on Day One.

The first day of the Cheltenham Festival 2020, billed as Champion Day, also features the Arkle Chase, which crowns the champion two-mile novice chaser, while the feature race on Day One is the Champion Hurdle, which over the years has been won by the likes of Dawn Run and Brave Inca.

Day 1 Cheltenham Tips

13:30 Tuesday – 10th March  Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: Asterion Forlonge
14:10 Tuesday – 10th March  Arkle Challenge Trophy:: Fakir D’Oudaires
14:50 Tuesday – 10th March  Festival Handicap Chase: The Conditional
15:30 Tuesday – 10th March  Champion Hurdle: Supasundae E/W
16:10 Tuesday – 10th March  Mares’ Hurdle: Benie Des Dieux
16:50 Tuesday – 10th March  Novices’ Handicap Chase: Hold The Note
17:30 Tuesday – 10th March  National Hunt Chase: Champagne Classic

Day Two at the Cheltenham Festival is Ladies Day, with the Queen Mother Champion Chase the feature race on Wednesday.

Day 2 Cheltenham Tips

13:30 Wednesday – 11th March  Novices’ Hurdle: Envoi Allen
14:10 Wednesday – 11th March  RSA Chase: Minella Indo
14:50 Wednesday – 11th March  Coral Cup: Eglantine Du Seuil
15:30 Wednesday – 11th March  Queen Mother Champion Chase: Altior 3/1 special
16:10 Wednesday – 11th March  Cross Country Chase: Tiger Roll 40/1 special
16:50 Wednesday – 11th March  Fred Winter Hurdle: Botox Has
17:30 Wednesday – 11th March  Champion Bumper: Appreciate It

After Wednesday’s racing on the Old Course and Cross Country, we head to the New Course on Thursday for St Patrick’s Day (Day Three), which features two superb Grade One contests – the Stayers’ Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase.

Day 3 Cheltenham Tips

13:30 Thursday – 12th March  Marsh Novices’ Chase: Mister Fisher E/W
14:10 Thursday – 12th March  Pertemps Final: Sire Du Berlais
14:50 Thursday – 12th March  Ryanair Chase: Real Steel E/W
15:30 Thursday – 12th March  The Stayers’ Hurdle: Paisley Park
16:10 Thursday – 12th March  Festival Plate: Clondaw Castle
16:50 Thursday – 12th March  Mares Novices Hurdle: Daylight Katie
17:30 Thursday – 12th March  Kim Muir Challenge Cup: Le Breuill

Then on Friday, March 13th, it’s the day that needs little introduction: Gold Cup Day.

Arguably the most prestigious title in horse racing is decided on Gold Cup day, with the highlight of the four-day Festival due off at 3.30pm, following the JCB Triumph Hurdle and Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

Day 4 Cheltenham Tips

13:30 Friday – 13th March  Triumph Hurdle: Allmankind
14:10 Friday – 13th March  County Hurdle: Band of Outlaws
14:50 Friday – 13th March  Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle: Longhouse Poet E/W
15:30 Friday – 13th March  Cheltenham Gold Cup: Lostintranslation
16:10 Friday – 13th March  Foxhunter Chase: Bob and Co
16:50 Friday – 13th March  Grand Annual Chase: Lisp
17:30 Friday – 13th March  Conditional Jockeys’ H’cap Hurdle: Front View

And here is Jonathan’s analysis of the 2020 Gold Cup.

(Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)