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When is the Cheltenham Festival 2021?

Chelteham Festival TipsThe Cheltenham Festival for 2021 starts on Tuesday March 16th with Champion Day and culminates with the world renowned, Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day – Friday 19th March.

The Festival is the zenith of the National Hunt season that provides an unrivaled buzz as 250,000 people descend onto the beautiful Cotswold Hills over four days of scintillating action in March, and millions more watch on TV.  That is the usual picture.  2020 saw Cheltenham Festival as one of the last normally held events before Coronavirus restrictions were placed on most events throughout 2020.  2021 is looking like this will continue and The Cheltenham Festival is unlikely to be as we fondly remember it, with fewer guests, if any at all being able to watch live at the Cheltenham Racecourse.

Lots of plans are underway though, so that we can all enjoy the Festival spirit albeit from the comfort of our own homes.  There's a few exciting changes to the line up, but rest assured, the thrill of the finest racing that the sport has to offer will be on display for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

This is our THIRTEENTH Cheltenham Festival…

We’re no strangers to the “greatest show on turf”, having founded Free Racing Tips in the summer of 2008, we first rocked up to the 2009 Festival, and witnessed the legendary Kauto Star become the first horse in history to regain his Gold Cup crown, beating his stablemate (and 2008 gold cup winner) Denman by thirteen lengths. It would also turn out to be the first of many gold cup winners that we’d tip to our members.

But of course, it’s not just about the big race – there’s 28 races over the four days, starting with the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on Day One, and ending with the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle on Day Four.

And we’ve got tips for them all…

Who is FRT’s Cheltenham Tipster?

Keith Bond is our resident pro tipster here at FRT Towers. Keith lives and breathes horse racing, having begun his love of horse racing over 40 years ago with a part time job at Catterick Racecourse, as one of three fourteen year-olds looking after two jumps and a hurdle.

Over the years, Keith has been a regular at the northern tracks attending countless race meetings and building up a network of contacts, and a portfolio of systems and strategies. 

He was one of the co-founders of Free Racing Tips all the way back in 2008, and his free tips are now backed by more than seventy thousand FRT members every single day.

“Thanks Keith – It’s great to be part of an amazing group of people all after the same thing, passing on tips to beat the bookies”

Colin Parkinson, Harrow.

The FRT community love Keith’s attention to detail, knowledge of past races, and ability to pick horses...

“You offer some great tips, some fantastic outsiders tipped up as well. Most tipsters just put up favourites. Well done and keep up the good work”

John Woolley, Stockport

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Our famous FREE 32-page Cheltenham Tips 2021 magazine

We’re now in the seventh year of producing our much-loved 32-page Cheltenham Festival Tips guide. Initially sent to a few hundred FRT VIP club members, we’ve sent it to more and more people every year – with 7,943 people grabbing a copy last year!

In your FREE Cheltenham Tips 2021 magazine, you’ll get:

  • Keith’s antepost thoughts and tips
  • In-depth insights on the likely runners and riders
  • At-a-glance stats, showing you the lessons learnt from previous years
  • Keith’s “notebook horses” – those that have caught his eye over the previous months.
  • Bonus tips and “festival special” bets.
Cheltenham Tips 2020

“I would just like to congratulate you and all who were involved in creating the most impressive report I have seen for any large racing festival in this country in the last 10 years!! Excellent, well done and thank you.” 

Hugh (Shug) Baillie


Cheltenham Tips 2020

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Cheltenham in numbers

Trips to the Fridge

People watching on ITV Racing

Festival winners tipped by FRT

Bundles of Birch used on the fences – 5000

Shortest Distance Raced at the Festival – 2 miles

Number of fences in the Gold Cup – 22

Prize Money – £4,590,000

Pints of Guinness sold – 236,472

Drinks Spilt in Celebration – 111630+

View our Cheltenham Festival 2021 Tips:

You can see Keith’s latest antepost thoughts on every single race for the 2021 festival here:

However, these previews are often written well in advance of race day – and we know a LOT more information on the morning of the races – what the going is; all the runners and riders have been declared, and we know who’s in form – and who’s not!

In order to get Keith’s updated thoughts, you must be a registered Free Racing Tips member (Don’t worry – it’s FREE to join!) – you’ll then get Keith’s very latest up-to-the minute thoughts on the likely contenders, and his final tips.

Keith’s Inner Circle members will get priority access to the tips the night before racing

VIP club & Cheltenham members will receive Keith’s tips on the morning of the races – usually by 9am.

Get FREE access to our Cheltenham 2021 Preview Evening

On Monday March 9th, Keith will be hosting a FREE Cheltenham 2021 preview evening for all members, where he’ll walk you through the likely runners and riders for all the major races – showcasing the main contenders, and sharing his tips with you for the big races.

You’ll also get Keith’s thoughts on some festival-wide bets, including top jockey, and top trainer.

This WON’T be one of those Cheltenham Preview Evenings where you pay £20 to hear one of the stablehands at a trainer’s yard say cliched, non-committal tripe like “oh, he’s got every chance if he runs the race we know he’s capable of” or “he can win this if the conditions are right”. 

You’ll hear real thoughts and opinions from a professional horse racing tipster.

How did we do last year?

We're always open and honest about our results, win or lose, and 2020 was definitely a strange Cheltenham for us… (although, you can bet this year will be a lot stranger!)

We enjoyed at least one winner each day, and at the end of the 28 races were just 2.64 points down to 1pt win or 0.5pt each way as advised – one elusive winner from showing a profit.

Now, a big part of Keith's job as a professional horse racing tipster at the Cheltenham Festival is about spotting value. It’s not always about picking who’s going to win.

Of course, sometimes there are bankers who shouldn't be avoided, like last year's ENVOI ALLEN who we tipped at 8/11.

And then there's those much more valuable winners like SIRE DU BERLAIS, who we tipped at 10/1 in the Pertemps Final…

Often when Keith starts plotting his tactics for the festival, there're some very tempting ante-post prices available on the outsiders. But the trouble with ante-post tips is that many of them end up as non-runners.

So while we'll still have our ante-post tips for every race of the festival right up until the final declarations have been made)…

Just know that these are made weeks in advance of the race, and Keith does update his tips and sends them to all his VIP and Inner Circle members on the morning of the festival.

You can join the VIP Club and get them for yourself too – click here to do that.

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Cheltenham Festival Race Cards

Cheltenham Festival Tuesday

Race Schedule

13:30The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race2m abt ½fHurdle
14:10The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chaseabt 2mChase
14:50The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase3m abt 1fChase
15:30The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
(feature race)
2m abt ½fHurdle
16:10The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race2m abt 4fHurdle
16:50The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race (Grade 3)2m abt 4½fChase
17:30The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) (Grade 2)3m abt 6fChase


Cheltenham Festival Wednesday

Race Schedule

13:30The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Race2m abt 5fHurdle
14:10The Festival Novices’ Chase (RSA Chase) (Grade 1)3m abt ½ fChase
14:50The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Grade 3)2m abt 5fHurdle
15:30The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)
(feature race)
Abt 2mChase
16:10The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase3m 6fChase
16:50The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3)2m abt ½fChase
17.30The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)2m abt ½fBumper

Cheltenham Festival Thursday

Race Schedule

13:30The Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)2m abt 4fChase
14:10The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed)Abt 3mHurdle
14:50The Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)
(feature race)
2m abt 5fChase
15:30The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)abt 3mHurdle
16:10The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)2m abt 5fChase
16:50The Daylesford Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)2m 1fHurdle
17:30The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)3m abt 2fChase

Cheltenham Festival Friday

Race Schedule

13:30The JCB Triumph Hurdle2m abt 1fHurdle
14:10The County Handicap Hurdle Race2m abt 1fHurdle
14:50The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle Raceabt 3mHurdle
15:30The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (Grade 1)3m abt 2½ fChase
16:10The St. James’s Foxhunter Chase3m abt 2½ fChase
16:50The Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Steeple Chase2m abt ½fChase
17:30Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle2m abt 4½ fHurdle

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