The Cheltenham Festival is certain to be one of the most popular events of the year for broadcast audiences when it returns in 2023.
The 2022 edition of the famous festival produced a record audience share for ITV’s coverage of the spectacle, with around 1.6 million people watching Rachael Blackmore win the Gold Cup on A Plus Tard.
An average of a million viewers watched the Friday action on TV, representing 17% of the total audience across all channels.
Planning to tune in this time? The Sporting News has you covered. Here’s how to watch Cheltenham Festival 2023.
When is Cheltenham Festival 2023?
The 2023 Cheltenham Festival takes place over four days between Tuesday, March 14 through to and including Friday, March 17.
What channel is Cheltenham Festival on? How to watch on TV
Racing TV will show all seven races on each day of the festival. The channel is available through Sky and Virgin Media and coverage will start at 12.30 p.m. GMT on each day of racing.
ITV1 will show the first five races each day, with a preview show between 8.30 a.m. and 10 a.m. and coverage starting at 1 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday.
Cheltenham Festival 2023 live stream: How to watch racing online
Racing TV subscribers can follow the action online via the channel’s website and app.
ITV viewers can follow suit by using the ITVX website and app.
The app can be accessed via smartphone, consoles and tablets.
How much does Racing TV cost? Price of Cheltenham Festival
In the UK, Racing TV costs £24.98 a month or £298 a year.
International viewers can sign up for £29.99 per month with no contract. A seven-day catch up service is also available anywhere in the world.
ITV is free-to-air and the ITVX app is free to download but UK viewers need to buy a TV licence to watch or record live action.
Cheltenham 2023 start time and full race day schedule
There will be 28 races run at the 2023 event with the first race each day taking place at 13:30 GMT. The last races take place at 17:30.
All times listed below are GMT.
Cheltenham Day 1 schedule: Champion Day — Tuesday, March 14
13:30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
14:10 Arkle Challenge Trophy
14:50 Handicap Steeple Chase
15:30 Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
16:10 Mares’ Hurdle
16:50 Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
17:30 National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
Cheltenham Day 2 schedule: Ladies Day — Wednesday, March 15
13:30 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
14:10 Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase
14:50 Coral Cup Hurdle
15:30 Queen Mother Champion Chase
16:10 Cross-Country Steeple Chase
16:50 Grand Annual Handicap Chase
17:30 Champion Bumper
Cheltenham Day 3 schedule: St Patrick’s Thursday —Thursday, March 16
13:30 Turners Novices’ Chase
14:10 Pertemps Network Final Hurdle
14:50 Ryanair Chase
15:30 Stayers’ Hurdle
16:10 County Plate Chase
16:50 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Cheltenham Day 4 schedule: Gold Cup Day — Friday, March 17
13:30 Triumph Hurdle Jump
14:10 Country Handicap Hurdle
14:50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
15:30 Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase
16:10 Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase
16:50 Mares’ Chase
17:30 Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle