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Cheltenham Festival 2019

Who will reach the finishing line first?

Tue 12 MarFri 15 Mar 2019

Cheltenham festival hosts some of the most hotly contested events in the racing calendar. The four-day event runs between the 12-15 March 2019 at Cheltenham Racecourse and is attended by thousands of spectators each day.

There are 28 races that make up the Cheltenham Festival.

Back to the events calendar.

  • Sunny day 8 °C

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  • Sunny day 9 °C

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Tuesday (Tuesday 11 December 2018)
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Warnings
Sunny intervals Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
5 ° 7 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 °
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3 ° 4 ° 5 ° 6 ° 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SE 6 12 SE 8 11 SSE 8 12 SE 9 15 SE 10 17 SE 10 20 SE 10 21 SE 11 21 SE 11 22 SE 11 21 SE 10 21 SE 11 21 SE 10 20 SE 10 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
M G G G G G G G G G G G G M
Humidity
92% 86% 81% 81% 81% 81% 82% 84% 82% 82% 84% 86% 86% 86%
UV index
1 1 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:05 Sunset: 15:57 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 2
Wednesday (Wednesday 12 December 2018)
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Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night Clear night Clear night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 4 ° 4 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 °
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4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 2 ° 1 ° 0 ° 0 ° -1 ° -1 ° -1 ° -2 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SE 10 20 SE 10 20 SE 10 20 SE 10 20 SE 10 20 SE 10 21 SE 9 20 SE 10 20 SE 10 22 SE 10 21 SE 10 21 SE 11 21 SE 11 22 SE 12 23 SE 12 23 SE 12 23 SE 12 24 SE 13 25 SE 13 26 SE 13 27 SE 13 27 ESE 14 29 ESE 14 30 ESE 15 31
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
87% 87% 86% 85% 86% 87% 87% 87% 87% 86% 84% 81% 78% 77% 75% 74% 72% 69% 69% 68% 68% 68% 69% 71%
UV index
1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:06 Sunset: 15:57 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 2
Thursday (Thursday 13 December 2018)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night
<5% <5% 10% 10% 10% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 2 ° 4 ° 4 ° 2 ° 1 °
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-2 ° -2 ° -2 ° -3 ° -1 ° -1 ° -2 ° -3 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
ESE 15 32 ESE 15 31 ESE 15 31 ESE 15 31 ESE 15 29 ESE 13 25 E 10 21 E 9 18
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
71% 79% 80% 76% 71% 69% 77% 82%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:07 Sunset: 15:57 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 2
Friday (Friday 14 December 2018)
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Warnings
Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
0 ° 0 ° 0 ° 0 ° 3 ° 3 ° 1 ° 2 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
-3 ° -3 ° -4 ° -3 ° -1 ° -1 ° -3 ° -3 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
E 6 13 E 8 14 ESE 8 14 SE 7 14 SE 8 17 SE 8 16 SE 9 18 SE 11 21
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
84% 83% 84% 83% 74% 74% 81% 80%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:08 Sunset: 15:57 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 2
Saturday (Saturday 15 December 2018)
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Warnings
Cloudy Overcast Light rain Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Heavy rain Heavy rain
10% 10% 50% 20% 20% 60% 90% 90%
Temperature (°C)
2 ° 2 ° 3 ° 4 ° 5 ° 6 ° 7 ° 9 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
-3 ° -2 ° -2 ° -1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 3 ° 5 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SE 12 23 SE 13 25 SE 13 27 SE 16 32 SSE 17 34 SSE 19 37 SSE 20 39 S 18 35
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG G G G M M M
Humidity
79% 81% 85% 86% 86% 88% 92% 93%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:09 Sunset: 15:57 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 2
Sunday (Sunday 16 December 2018)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Heavy rain Cloudy Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Cloudy Cloudy
80% 10% 10% <5% <5% <5% 10% 20%
Temperature (°C)
9 ° 8 ° 6 ° 6 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 °
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6 ° 5 ° 3 ° 3 ° 6 ° 6 ° 4 ° 4 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSW 16 32 SW 14 26 SW 12 22 SW 11 20 SW 12 23 SSW 10 19 S 11 20 S 11 21
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G VG G VG VG G G
Humidity
89% 90% 90% 91% 85% 86% 91% 92%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:10 Sunset: 15:57 Moon phase: First quarter
Monday (Monday 17 December 2018)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
20% 20% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 6 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
4 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 5 ° 5 ° 4 ° 3 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSW 11 21 SSW 11 21 SW 11 21 SW 11 20 SW 11 21 SW 11 20 SW 11 20 SSW 11 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G VG VG VG G
Humidity
92% 92% 92% 91% 87% 87% 91% 92%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:11 Sunset: 15:57 Moon phase: First quarter
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12-15 March 2019 - Will this year's Cheltenham festival be awash with sunshine? Check the Cheltenham weather forecast.

The course and the weather

The weather can have a significant impact on the racing so jockeys, owners and spectators will be keeping an eye on the Cheltenham Racecourse weather in the lead up to the festival. 

We had a quick chat with Sarah-Jane from Cheltenham Festival, to find out how the weather can affect the event:

How can the weather affect race preparations?

The weather can affect whether the grass will grow - in 2016 it was so mild that we had to cut it six times over the winter, the winter before we didn't cut it at all.

How does the weather affect race results? 

The weather can affect the 'give' of the course. In dry weather the ground is firmer, and in wet weather it is softer. Different horses like different ground, so the weather can affect race outcomes.

What are the ideal conditions for Cheltenham Festival? 

Ideally it would be dry and warm - between 10-14°C, sunny and the ground would be good to soft.

Race highlights

The festival highlights are spread over all four days with the ones to watch listed below.

Date Day Big races
12 March   Champion Day      2019 Champion Hurdle
13 March   Ladies Day 2019 Queen Mother Champion Chase    
14 March   St Patrick's Day 2019 Ladbrokes World Hurdle
15 March Gold Cup Day 2019 Gold Cup

You can check the weather forecast for other events through the Events Calendar.

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