Cheltenham Festival 2021: Race schedule and BBC radio coverage times

Paul Townend celebrates on Al Boum Photo
Al Boum Photo became the first horse since Best Mate in 2004 to win back-to-back Cheltenham Gold Cups last year
Cheltenham Festival 2021
Dates: 16-19 March Venue: Cheltenham Racecourse Races: 13:20-16:50 GMT Main race: 15:05
Coverage: Commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, feature races Radio 5 live. Racecards, live text, results & reports on the BBC Sport website and app.

Al Boum Photo will bid to make it three Gold Cup wins in a row at this year's Cheltenham Festival - and you can follow it live on the BBC.

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will bring you commentary of all 28 races at the four-day festival from 16-19 March, with coverage of Gold Cup day on Radio 5 Live including Friday's big race at at 15:05 GMT.

Leading former jockeys Katie Walsh and Andrew Thornton will be part of the team, with Mark Chapman presenting on the final day.

There will also be live text commentaries, racecards and results every day on the BBC Sport website and app, and additional coverage on BBC Sport's social media accounts.

The Festival will take place without spectators because of coronavirus restrictions.

Full race schedule and BBC coverage

(All times GMT and subject to change. Distances in miles, furlongs and yards)

Friday, 19 March

13:20 - JCB Triumph Hurdle 2m 179y

13:55 - Randox Health County Hurdle 2m 179y

14:30 - Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle - 2m 7f 213y

15:05 - WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase 3m 2f 70y

15:40 - St. James's Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Steeple Chase 3m 2f 70y

16:15 - Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Chase 2m 4f 127y

16:50 - Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f 56y

BBC coverage

13:15-17:00 - BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

14:00-16:00 - BBC Radio 5 Live


You can listen to all our radio sports programming on the BBC Sounds app and via the BBC Sport website.

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