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Cheltenham Festival 2024: Everything You Need to Know!

Get Ready for the Biggest Four Days of Racing!

The Cheltenham Festival is just around the corner, promising thrills, spills, and sensational horse racing. With seven races each day filled with top equine talent, it's an event like no other.

Key Dates and Schedule

Cheltenham Festival 2024 will run from March 12 to March 15, with the first race starting at 1:30 pm and the championship race at 3:30 pm daily. The Cheltenham Gold Cup will take place on March 15 at 3:30 pm UK time.

How to Watch and Get Tickets

You can catch all the action live on ITV and Racing TV or follow SunSport's Cheltenham Festival live blog. Tickets for the event are available now, with various enclosure options to choose from.

Cheltenham 2024 Race Schedule

Each day of the festival offers a plethora of races, including the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Stayers' Hurdle, and the highlight, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Check out the full schedule for each day's races.

Dress Code and Rachael Blackmore

While there's no official dress code at Cheltenham, guests are encouraged to dress smartly. Fancy dress outfits are allowed, but avoid anything inappropriate or offensive. And yes, Rachael Blackmore will be riding at Cheltenham 2024, aiming to continue her winning streak!

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of diet is best for a racing horse?

A racehorse diet must be of the highest quality and balanced precisely to meet their energetic requirements for training and racing. It is a combination of hay of the highest quality, grains, such as barley or oats, and commercially-prepared feed for racehorses. In addition, essential vitamins should be added to the diet in order to maintain peak performance and overall health.

Is there a need for a specific shoe on a racing horse?

Racehorses wear special shoes called racing plates, which are lighter and thinner than regular horseshoes. These plates are designed to provide the required traction while also minimizing the weight. A professional farrier with experience in working on racehorses carefully selects and fits these shoes according to the hoof structure of each horse and the type of racing surface that they will run on.

Can you train a racing horse on any type of track?

Although initial training can be done on any track, race-specific training is often required in facilities that mimic the conditions the horse may face during competition. It is important to use tracks that are the same size as the actual track the horse will be racing on. It is important to use the right track in order to condition the horse correctly and familiarize them with the particular racing environment.

How do you prepare a race horse?

Racehorse conditioning is a gradual, multi-faceted process. It involves both longer, slower distance work, which builds stamina, as well shorter, quicker workouts, which develop speed. The cardiovascular system, muscle structure, and bone structure of the horse must be developed over time with a specially designed exercise regime that mimics race conditions without injury or stress.

What health precautions do you need to take when training a horse for racing?

In order to prevent injury and illness, it is essential that racehorses receive the care they need. Regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, dental care, and proper hoof management are essential. Monitoring the horse’s signs of fatigue, discomfort or strain is equally important. It is important to implement a carefully planned training regime that allows a gradual progression in intensity. This will minimize the risk for musculoskeletal problems.

How often is it recommended that racehorses are trained?

Racehorses’ training frequency is determined by the horse, his level of fitness and racing schedule. In general, racehorses will have a daily exercise routine that includes walking, trotting, or cantering. This is followed by more demanding work, like galloping or breezing at least three times a weekly, to improve stamina. Rest days are also important for the horse’s recovery and to prevent overtraining.


  • Around 80% of thoroughbred racehorses begin their racing careers by the age of two, according to industry estimates.
  • Studies suggest that proper early training can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries in racehorses by up to 50%.
  • Approximately 70% of a racehorse’s diet consists of forage, with the remainder made up of grains and supplements to meet their high-calorie needs.
  • The Injury Database from The Jockey Club reports that synthetic racing surfaces have a lower horse fatality rate than dirt tracks, with a statistically significant difference of 1.2 fatalities per thousand starts on synthetics compared to 2.0 on dirt tracks.
  • An extensive survey indicated that over 90% of racehorse trainers utilize swimming as a low-impact exercise in their conditioning routines.
  • The average cost to train a thoroughbred racehorse for one year can exceed $50,000, accounting for expenses related to training, boarding, and veterinary care.

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How To

How to select race-specific tack for your horse

Opt for lightweight, durable tack when outfitting a racehorse to enhance performance without burdening the animal. Racing saddles were designed with minimal weight to maximize speed. You should use racing bridles with a slim profile and a strong construction to give you control while avoiding unnecessary bulk. Select racing plates rather than traditional horseshoes for better traction on the track. Always ensure tack fits properly to prevent injuries and maintain comfort during racing and training.