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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.

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Tuesday (Tuesday 19 February 2019)
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Sunrise: 07:16 Sunset: 17:29 Moon phase: Full Air pollution: 2
Wednesday (Wednesday 20 February 2019)
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SSW 13 25 SSW 13 26 SSW 14 26 SSW 14 26 SSW 16 29 SSW 13 23 SSW 12 23 SSW 12 23
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
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76% 77% 80% 79% 73% 75% 83% 88%
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1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:14 Sunset: 17:31 Moon phase: Full Air pollution: 2
Thursday (Thursday 21 February 2019)
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Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
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SSW 11 21 SSW 10 20 SSW 10 20 SSW 9 19 SSW 11 22 SSW 10 21 S 8 16 S 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
90% 91% 92% 89% 80% 74% 84% 87%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:12 Sunset: 17:33 Moon phase: Waning gibbous Air pollution: 2
Friday (Friday 22 February 2019)
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Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Clear night Clear night
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S 9 20 S 9 18 S 10 19 S 10 20 S 10 21 S 9 19 SSE 9 17 SSE 9 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG G G VG VG VG VG
Humidity
89% 91% 91% 83% 71% 67% 82% 88%
UV index
1 2 1
Sunrise: 07:10 Sunset: 17:35 Moon phase: Waning gibbous Air pollution: 3
Saturday (Saturday 23 February 2019)
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Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Sunny day Sunny day Clear night Clear night
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Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSE 9 17 SSE 9 18 SSE 10 19 SSE 10 20 SSE 10 23 SSE 11 21 SSE 8 15 S 8 15
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG G G VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
87% 92% 91% 86% 71% 66% 84% 92%
UV index
1 2 1
Sunrise: 07:08 Sunset: 17:37 Moon phase: Waning gibbous
Sunday (Sunday 24 February 2019)
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Warnings
Clear night Clear night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
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Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
S 7 12 SSW 7 11 SSW 4 8 WSW 5 11 WNW 6 14 W 5 11 SW 4 7 SSE 4 6
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
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Humidity
94% 95% 96% 94% 85% 81% 87% 93%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:06 Sunset: 17:38 Moon phase: Waning gibbous
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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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