The Cheltenham 2019 Festival is the pinnacle of National Hunt racing and once again be available to watch from anywhere live on ITV or on catchup with free streaming on ITV Hub.
Cheltenham 2019 Festival takes place between 12-15 March with the meeting run over four days with seven races, starting each day with the first race off at 1.30pm; and the final race at 5.30pm. The racing will be shown live on Racing TV and ITV, who will broadcast the majority of races.
Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani host exclusive free to air coverage of the the first major National Hunt festival of the year live from the home of jump racing, Cheltenham.
ITV’s coverage of The Festival presented by Magners showcases the very best of the action on the turf and all the colour the festival has to offer from the Cotswolds racecourse, where horses and their jockeys will battle it out for prize money of more than £4.5 million.
The channel’s coverage which airs from 12 to 15 March features live footage of five races on each of the four days of the festival, going behind the scenes at the course, featuring interviews with key jockeys, trainers and racing legends, sampling the atmosphere in the grandstands, all leading up to the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday afternoon.
Joining Ed and Francesca for expert insight and analysis are Sir AP McCoy, Luke Harvey and Mick Fitzgerald, with reporting from Oli Bell, Alice Plunkett and Sally Ann Grassick. Matt Chapman will have the latest betting news, and Brian Gleeson will provide an Irish angle on the action.
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The Cheltenham 2019 Festival will be streamed live on the ITV website as well as the various ITV Hub apps on iPhone, iPad, Android, Smart TV, Now TV, FireTV etc.
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Cheltenham 2019 – Daily highlights will include:
Tuesday 12 March – Champion Day
Feature Race – the Unibet Champion Hurdle – Champion Hurdle favourite Buveur d’Air goes for a historic hattrick in the race hoping to join the five other greats who have achieved this – including See you Then (1985-87), also trained by Nicky Henderson, and the legendary JP McManus-owned, Istabraq who dominated the race from 1988 to 2000. Hoping to upset the English apple cart will be the two mares from Ireland – Apple’s Jade and Laurina. This day also sees Lalor, trained by Kayley Woollacott (whose husband tragically died last year) see if he can bring home the Racing Post Arkle for a small stable and an emotional victory.
Wednesday 13 March – Ladies’ Day
Feature Race – the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase – This day will undoubtedly be all about Altior, the Nicky Henderson-trained superstar who goes for a second win in the Queen Mother and has not been beaten in 17 starts over jumps. This is also Ladies’ Day so ITV Fashion experts Charlotte Hawkins and Mark Heyes will be out and about on course soaking up the fashion and festivities.
Thursday 14 March – St Patrick’s Thursday
Feature Races – the Ryanair Chase/the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle – Paisley Park, trained by Emma Lavelle will be the favourite for the Stayers’ and all talk will be whether he can win it for his blind owner, Andrew Gemmell. The Ryanair could also be one of the races of the Festival. The Irish have had a stranglehold on the race in the last three years and are likely to take home the prize again.
Love Island’s Chris Hughes also joins the team on the Opening Show on Thursday morning and will then be with Matt Chapman in the social stable all afternoon. Having grown up in Gloucestershire, at the very heart of a racing community, Chris is a hugely enthusiastic and knowledgeable supporter of the sport.
Friday 15 March – Gold Cup Day
Feature Race – the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup – With a new sponsor and an old trophy (the 1924 Cheltenham Gold Cup comes back to life having resurfaced after being ‘lost’ for years) Friday is all about the Gold Cup, one of racing’s most coveted prizes. Having been so impressive in the RSA Chase last year, Presenting Percy returns as Ireland’s ‘People’s Champion’, 25 years on from the great Danoli, who had similar legendary status from across the water.