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Cheltenham Festival 2022 – Schedule, Courses, and Underdogs

super-administrator March 3, 2022

Cheltenham Festival 2022 Schedule

Winning any trophy is a big deal, but when you win a tournament held for 100+ years, the same trophy gets a somewhat metaphysical virtue. Such is the case with Cheltenham Festival, one of the greatest horse racing meetings in the world. Cheltenham Festival 2022 is held, well, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, from March 15 to March 18 and it promises four days of absolutely amazing events. You can follow it live on bet365, with an exclusive offer for our readers.

The Greatest Show on Turf

It’s been two years since the Festival was held in front of a live crowd. It’s been two years since we last heard the famous Cheltenham Roar, from thousands of racing fans generating noise at the start of each race. In 2022 we’re going to experience that once again.


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This Roar carries 160 years of history, as the Festival originated in the early 1860s when the National Hunt Race was first held at Market Harborough. The hurdles racing event as we know it was first held in 1907, which makes the Cheltenham Festival one of the most historic sporting events in the world. It is the Greatest Show on Turf and anyone who has attended it can confirm that claim. So wear green (don’t forget, March 17 is Saint Patrick’s Day) and enjoy.

Cheltenham Festival 2022 Schedule

As with the past few years, there are 28 races in Cheltenham in 2022.

Champion Day – March 15

  • Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – 13:30
  • Arkle Novices’ Chase – 14:10
  • Ultima Handicap Chase – 14:50
  • Champion Hurdle – 15:30
  • Mares’ Hurdle – 16:10
  • Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle – 16:50
  • National Hunt Novices’ Chase – 17:30

Ladies Day – March 16

  • Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – 13:30
  • Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase – 14:10
  • Coral Cup – 14:50
  • Champion Chase – 15:30
  • Cross County Chase – 16:10
  • Grand Annual Handicap Chase – 16:50
  • Champion Bumper – 17:30

St Patrick’s Thursday – March 17

  • Turners Novices’ Chase – 13:30
  • Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle – 14:10
  • Ryanair Chase – 14:50
  • Stayers’ Hurdle – 15:30
  • Paddy Power Plate – 16:10
  • Mares’ Novice Hurdle – 16:50
  • Kim Muir Challenge Cup – 17:30

Gold Cup Day – March 18

  • Triumph Hurdle – 13:30
  • Country Hurdle – 14:10
  • Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – 14:50
  • Gold Cup – 15:30
  • Festival Hunters’ Chase – 16:10
  • Mares’ Chase – 16:50
  • Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle – 17:30

Cheltenham Festival 2022 Underdogs

Cheltenham 2022 Underdogs

Hundreds of millions of pounds are bet over the course of each year’s Festival. Most of the money is wagered on the favourites, but there are some great underdog examples. Before going through our list of bold predictions, check our Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide.

Kilcruit (Supreme Novices Hurdle)

Kilcruit is found fifth on the odds list, at 15/2. But there is one important aspect here: Not only was he second in the 2021 Champion Bumper, beaten by half a length, but he also is in supreme form (won at Punchestown by 21 lengths) and is trained by one Willie Mullins, 8-time Cheltenham leading trainer. The odds are more than appealing and we could start the Festival with a bang.


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Nube Negra (Champion Chase)

The Champion Chase is day two’s feature event, and there is one outsider that could cause a major upset. Nube Negra impressed everyone by finishing the race second in 2021 and winning Shloer Chase in November, in front of Put The Kettle On and Politologue.

Janidil (Ryanair Chase)

Once again we back a Willie Mullins’ horse. Janidil has been trained for almost two years specifically for this event and nearly won against Allaho at Punchestown last December. There is a chance for an upset here.

Doctor Parnassus (Triumph Hurdle)

Trainer Dan Skelton has been outspoken about Doctor Parnassus. He believes his horse can win this Grade 1 race and the odds are pretty tempting.

Where to watch Cheltenham 2022

The most important races of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival will be shown live, for UK viewers, on ITV’s main channel, featuring commentary from the world’s sexiest jockey, Leonna Mayor. The whole event will be broadcast on Racing TV, for those with a subscription. You can also watch the races on your device, by logging on to your account on one of the best horse racing betting sites.

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