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When is the Cheltenham Festival 2024? Dates and Everything You Need to Know

Prepare yourself for the greatest racing extravaganza that is The Cheltenham Festival. As the Gold Cup celebrates 100 years, it is the pinnacle of jump racing! Prepare yourself for thrilling competitions and a tense environment that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Various ticket choices are available, including luxury hospitality packages, restaurant specials, and private boxes.

Cheltenham Festival 2024 Key Races & Dates

It’s time to get hyped about the exhilarating races that will take place. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this epic showcase of speed, skill, and pure equestrian excellence.

Champion Hurdle – Champions Day, Tuesday, 12th of March 2024:

The adrenaline rush begins right from the start with the Champion Hurdle. Watch in awe as some of the finest hurdlers showcase their agility, speed, and stamina. This race sets the tone for the entire festival, and you can expect to witness some heart-stopping moments. History was made in 2023, as jump racing hero Constitution Hill put on a breathtaking display, bringing Nicky Henderson his 9th Champion winner spanning 1985 – 2023.

Queen Mother Champion Chase – Festival Wednesday, 13th of March 2024:

On Festival Wednesday, witness a true spectacle of speed and precision in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. The fastest chasers in the land will be pushing their limits, soaring over fences with remarkable grace and power. Irish raider Energumene has won the last two rounds of the Queen Mother Champion Chase and has rightly earned his place in the history books. Will he make it three in a row?

Stayers’ Hurdle – St Patrick’s Day, Thursday, 14th of March 2024:

St Patrick’s Day brings us the Stayers’ Hurdle, a gruelling test of endurance and determination known to provide the most thrilling battles. Get ready for a nail-biting finish, as only the strongest will prevail in this 3-mile ultimate test of staying power. Will the Irish once again dominate the feature races on St Patricks Thursday? 

Cheltenham Gold Cup – Friday, 15th of March 2024:

And finally, we come to the grand finale—the Cheltenham Gold Cup. This is the race that every jockey dreams of winning, and the competition is fiercer than ever. The best-staying chasers will battle it out for the ultimate prize, as they tackle a challenging course and a series of formidable fences. Don’t miss out on this day because there will be history made, records broken, and aspirations fulfilled that you could be a part of.

Remember, there are more than just thrilling races at the Cheltenham Festival. We’re discussing an incredible array of entertainment and hospitality options. They have mouthwatering food and drink vendors, live music that echoes across the venue, and for those who really want to go all out, luxurious hospitality packages.

100 Years of The Gold Cup

The Gold Cup will commemorate its 100th anniversary in 2024, marking a truly momentous moment.

Since its debut in 1924, the Gold Cup has grown to be one of the sport’s most cherished awards. There are 22 fences in the event, which is run over a distance of 3 miles and 212 furlongs. Some of the best racehorses ever to compete have won the Gold Cup, including Golden Miller, Arkle, and Best Mate.

The Cheltenham Festival is planning a number of unique events to commemorate the 100th anniversary. They’re going all out to make this one for the books, so get ready to be blown away. First up, we have the parade of winners, and I’m not just talking about the four-legged champions here. Nope, we’re talking about the human heroes as well! This parade is going to be a spectacle, with past winners strutting their stuff alongside the legendary horses that brought them victory. It’s a sight you don’t want to miss! 

But here’s the deal: the winners’ parade is going to be a hot ticket, and space in the paddock is going to be as scarce as a four-leaf clover. So, if you want a prime spot to witness this iconic spectacle up close and personal, you better act fast and reserve your spot pronto as the Gold Cup’s 100th anniversary promises to be an exceptionally memorable event. 

Do not miss out on this unforgettable event. Get your Gold Cup Day 2024 tickets and experience lavish VIP treatment with our luxury hospitality packages.

Noteworthy Participants

The Cheltenham Festival 2024 is expected to attract some of the best horses, trainers, and jockeys from around the world. Here are some noteworthy participants to keep an eye on:


  • Constitution Hill: Constitution Hill was the star of 2022/23 and is expected to make a strong showing at the Cheltenham Festival in 2024.
  • Envoi Allen: Envoi Allen is one of the most exciting horses in training and has already won at the Cheltenham Festival twice. 


  • Willie Mullins: With over 70 victories under his belt, Willie Mullins is among the most successful jockeys in Cheltenham Festival history. 
  • Paul Nicholls: Another extremely successful trainer, Paul Nicholls, has produced more than 40 winners and is predicted to have a number of top contenders in 2024.


  • Rachael Blackmore: Rachael Blackmore created history by being the first female jockey to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2021, and is now hungry for more success in 2024.
  • Jack Kennedy: Jack Kennedy is recognised as one of the sport’s up-and-coming stars and has ridden several winners.

Past Winners

There have been plenty of famous winners and stunning upsets at the Gold Cup. First up is the one and only Best Mate, who from 2002 to 2004 completely dominated the race three times in a row. What a rockstar of a horse! A true legend in the history of the Gold Cup.

There are other influential people who have made their mark. Golden Miller, who won the event an astounding five times between 1932 and 1936, dominated the races. And let’s not forget about Arkle, the 1960s racing dynamo who won this historic race three times.

Let’s switch gears now and talk about the amazing surprises that rocked the event to its core. Imagine this: Norton’s Coin, a 100-1 longshot who had no chance in the world of winning the Gold Cup in 1990, astonished the fans and defeated the hot favourite Desert Orchid. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What days are the Cheltenham Festival Races in 2024?

The Cheltenham Festival Races in 2024 will be held over four days, from Tuesday 12th of March to Friday 15th. The Champion Day, Festival Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Thursday, and Gold Cup Day are the four days of the festival.

Where can I buy tickets for the Cheltenham Festival 2024?

Tickets for the Cheltenham Festival 2024 can be purchased on our website. We offer a range of packages, including general admission, hospitality, and private boxes. It is recommended to buy tickets in advance, as they tend to sell out quickly.

What is the schedule for the Cheltenham Festival in 2024?

The schedule for the Cheltenham Festival in 2024 is as follows:

  • Champion Day – Tuesday 12th March
  • Festival Wednesday – Wednesday 13th March
  • St Patrick’s Thursday – Thursday 14th March
  • Gold Cup Day – Friday 15th March

Each day features seven races with the first race starting at 1:30 pm and the last race starting at 5:30 pm.

What are the race cards for the Cheltenham Festival 2024?

The race cards for the Cheltenham Festival 2024 have not been released yet. They are usually released a few weeks before the festival. The race cards will be available on the official website and other racing websites.

What is the dress code for the Cheltenham Festival?

The dress code for the Cheltenham Festival has been smart casual for many years. However, in 2023, the Festival decided to make the dress code more inclusive and created a simple guide for everyone to follow, come “dressed to feel your best”.

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