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How to watch Cheltenham Festival 2021: Horse racing TV channel, schedule, radio and live streams revealed

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 5 days ago Malik Ouzia

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival has almost arrived but with fans unable to attend because of coronavirus restrcitions, more people than ever may be tuning in on TV.

The Festival usually attracts well over 200,000 fans across the four days of the meeting but this season’s Jumps showpiece will take place in front of empty grandstands.

Luckily, there is no shortage of coverage available on TV, online live streams and radio, meaning thosse of us stuck at home will still be able to catch all of the action.

Here’s everything you need to know...

TV channel

ITV boasts its biggest ever offering in terms of Festival coverage, with the first six races on each day to be shown live on ITV1, up from five in previous years.

Coverage starts at 1pm each day and runs until 4:30pm, with the first race at 1:20pm and the feature race at 3:05pm.

In addition, the channel will also have The Opening Show each morning to preview the day’s racing.

However, the only TV channel where you can watch all seven races on the card live is Racing TV.

The subscription channel has comprehensive build-up, analysis and reaction on all four days and offers deals for day passes as well as monthly and annual subscriptions.

Live stream

Both ITV’s main coverage and The Opening Show will be streamed live on the ITV Hub website and app, meaning TV licence holders can watch the action on desktop, tablet and mobile.

Similarly, Racing TV offers a streaming service online for its subscribers at no additional cost.

Radio stations

BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 live sports extra are expected to offer comprehensive coverage of all four days of the meeting.

talkSPORT, meanwhile, will have commentary of three races per day on its main channel, including the feature race, as well as covergae of the first five races on talkSPORT 2.

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