The 2021 Cheltenham Pageant begins this week and race followers are prepared for one in all largest dates on the calendar.
Final yr’s Cheltenham was among the many closing main sporting occasions to go forward as regular earlier than the UK was despatched into its first nationwide lockdown as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Al Boum Photograph and Paul Townend accomplished a shocking second consecutive victory within the showpiece occasion – The Gold Cup.
The UK was plunged into a 3rd lockdown in early January however Cheltenham continues to be set to go forward this yr albeit with some large modifications.
Followers will be unable to attend however organisers have been desirous to placed on the 4 days of world class soar racing.
Right here’s all you must find out about this yr’s Cheltenham Pageant…
Cheltenham Pageant: When is it?
The 2021 Cheltenham meet will get below manner on Tuesday, March 16 with the Champion Hurdle being the headline race on Day One.
The Queen Mom Champion Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle will observe on the following two days earlier than the pageant culminates with The Gold Cup on Friday, March 19.
Racing will start at 1:20pm every day with seven races held.
Cheltenham Pageant: talkSPORT protection
There will probably be 4 races a day reside on the Hawksbee and Jacobs present on talkSPORT with Rupert Bell and Lizzie Kelly on commentary obligation from the racecourse.
We’ll deliver you all of the showpiece races together with the Champion Hurdle and The Gold Cup.
To tune in, click on right here for the reside commentary stream or on the radio participant beneath.
Cheltenham Pageant: Will there be followers?
Cheltenham organisers have confirmed that this yr’s meet will probably be held behind closed doorways and spectators is not going to be allowed in.
The racecourse bosses have needed to take the choice as a result of present authorities pointers.
A Cheltenham Racecourse assertion learn: “Primarily based on present Authorities restrictions, skilled sport is ready to proceed below stringent well being and security protocols, with out spectators current.
“In horseracing’s case that is very important to help the livelihoods of the various 1000’s of people that depend on the trade and for the welfare of the 1000’s of thoroughbred racehorses who reside and practice in Britain.
“Which means that below present restrictions, The Pageant will happen as a televised occasion, however sadly with out spectators on the course. We proceed to observe Authorities steerage and will this transformation prematurely of The Pageant we are going to act accordingly.”
Cheltenham Pageant: Race schedule
Day One (Tuesday, March 16)
- 1.20pm – The Sky Guess Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 1.55pm – The Sporting Life Arkle Problem Trophy Steeple Chase – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 2.30pm – The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
- 3.05pm – The Unibet Champion Hurdle Problem Trophy – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 3.40pm – The Shut Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 4.15pm – The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race
- 4.50pm – The Nationwide Hunt Steeple Chase Problem Cup
Day Two (Wednesday, March 17)
- 1.20pm – The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 1.55pm – The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 2.30pm – The Coral Cup Hurdle
- 3.05pm – The Betway Queen Mom Champion Steeple Chase – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 3.40pm – The Glenfarclas Cross Nation Steeple Chase – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 4.15pm – The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Problem Cup
- 4.50pm – The Weatherbys Champion Bumper
Day Three (Thursday, March 18)
- 1.20pm – The Marsh Novices’ Chase – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 1.55pm – The Pertemps Community Ultimate
- 2.30pm – The Ryanair Steeple Chase – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 3.05pm – The Paddy Energy Stayers’ Hurdle – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 3.40pm – The Paddy Energy Plate – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 4.15pm – The Parnell Properties Mares Novices’ Hurdle
- 4.50pm – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Problem Cup
Day 4 (Friday, March 19)
- 1.20pm – The JCB Triumph Hurdle – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 1.55pm – The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle Race – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 2.30pm – The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 3.05pm – The WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase – LIVE on talkSPORT
- 3.40pm – The St. James’s Place Pageant Problem Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase
- 4.15pm – The Mrs Paddy Energy Mares’ Steeple Chase
- 4.50pm – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle