Cheltenham

Cheltenham Festival 2019 TV coverage

ITV racing will be on ITV daily from Tuesday 12 to Friday 15 March 1pm-4.30pm.

The Opening Show is on daily on ITV4 from 9.30-10.30am.

ITV Racing will broadcast five races a day on ITV in a three-and-a-half hour live show as well as the Opening Show daily on ITV4.

Presented by Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani, the team includes Sir Anthony McCoy, Oli Bell, Mick Fitzgerald, Alice Plunkett, Brough Scott, Matt Chapman, Luke Harvey, Kevin Blake, Brian Gleeson and Sally Ann Grassick with commentator, Richard Hoiles.

Good Morning Britain’s Charlotte Hawkins and Lorraine’s Mark Heyes join the team on Ladies Day, Wednesday 13 March, and 2017 Love Island star and racing enthusiast Chris Hughes, joins the team on Thursday 14 March.

Across the week, the Bafta-winning production and technical team will use state-of-the-art equipment and will show 18 hours of coverage of the Festival.

The team will have unrivalled access to the racecourse and all the key players, and show many behind-the-scenes features and ‘jargon busters’.

Matt Chapman will be at the helm of the ‘social stable’ providing a platform for viewers to interact with the action.

The Opening Show, hosted by Oli Bell, with Sally Ann Grassick out and about on the track as the horses exercise, Kevin Blake bringing an insight into the Irish angle, a variety of guests and Richard Hoiles’ ‘Festival Quiz time’.

The racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse is the home of National Hunt racing, attracting over 700,000 visitors every year.  It’s located at Prestbury Park, near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire and is famous for the annual Cheltenham Festival, held in March every year.

The racecourse has two separate courses which run alongside each other, the Old Course and the New Course. The New Course has a fairly tricky downhill fence and a longer run in for chases than the Old Course.

The in-field also accommodates the Cross-Country Course

The racecourse is famous for it’s scenic location, it’s placed in a natural amphitheatre of the Cotswolds.

The Cheltenham Festival attracts over 200,000 people across the 4 days. The capacity of the racecourse is 67,500 and this is often met during the festival, with race goers filling the Premier enclosure, the Grandstand and the Best Mate enclosure.