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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.

  • Light rain 15 °C

    8 °C

  • Light shower day 15 °C

    8 °C

  • Cloudy 14 °C

    7 °C

  • Heavy rain 11 °C

    6 °C

  • Cloudy 13 °C

    9 °C

  • Cloudy 13 °C

    7 °C

  • Cloudy 13 °C

    7 °C

Wednesday (Wednesday 24 April 2019)
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Warnings
Sunny intervals Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Light rain Cloudy Light rain Heavy shower day Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night
<5% 80% 80% 90% 90% 60% 20% 60% 60% 10% 10% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
11 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
11 ° 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 9 ° 8 ° 9 ° 8 ° 9 ° 8 ° 7 ° 6 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SE 4 8 SE 8 17 SE 10 19 SE 11 20 SE 9 16 SSW 12 22 SSW 13 22 SSW 13 23 SSW 12 22 S 11 22 SSE 8 16 SSE 10 21 SE 12 25 SE 13 27
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
M M M M M VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
80% 83% 81% 83% 87% 86% 86% 86% 81% 77% 79% 81% 84% 83%
UV index
2 2 2 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 05:53 Sunset: 20:20 Moon phase: Waning gibbous Air pollution: 3 Pollen: M
Thursday (Thursday 25 April 2019)
00:00 01:00 02:00 03:00 04:00 05:00 06:00 07:00 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00
Warnings
Clear night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Heavy rain Light rain Heavy rain Light rain Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Light shower day Heavy shower day Light shower day Light shower day Light shower day Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny day Sunny intervals Light shower day Light shower night Clear night Partly cloudy night
<5% <5% 10% 80% 50% 80% 50% 10% 10% 10% 10% 40% 60% 30% 30% 30% 10% 10% 10% 10% 40% 40% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SE 12 25 SE 13 27 ESE 12 25 ESE 13 27 ESE 12 25 ESE 13 25 SE 12 25 SE 11 23 SSE 11 22 SSE 11 22 SSE 13 24 S 13 24 S 13 24 S 14 27 SSW 15 28 SSW 15 28 SSW 14 27 SSW 13 25 SSW 13 25 SSW 10 19 S 10 21 SSE 9 20 SSE 10 20 S 9 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG E E E E E E E VG VG
Humidity
85% 84% 85% 85% 88% 89% 89% 88% 85% 82% 76% 68% 69% 60% 62% 55% 54% 57% 57% 61% 64% 73% 76% 80%
UV index
1 1 1 1 2 3 3 4 3 3 2 2 1 1 1
Sunrise: 05:51 Sunset: 20:22 Moon phase: Third quarter Air pollution: 4 Pollen: M
Friday (Friday 26 April 2019)
00:00 01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Clear night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light shower day Overcast Cloudy
<5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 40% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 12 ° 14 ° 14 ° 11 ° 9 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 10 ° 12 ° 11 ° 9 ° 7 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSE 8 18 SSE 8 17 SSE 8 17 SSE 9 18 S 10 21 S 11 23 SSW 13 29 SW 13 27 SSW 12 25
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
83% 87% 89% 89% 74% 59% 65% 76% 75%
UV index
1 2 4 2 1
Sunrise: 05:49 Sunset: 20:24 Moon phase: Third quarter Air pollution: 4 Pollen: M
Saturday (Saturday 27 April 2019)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Heavy rain Light rain Light rain Light rain Heavy rain Heavy shower day Light shower day Cloudy
90% 60% 50% 50% 70% 70% 40% 10%
Temperature (°C)
9 ° 7 ° 8 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 8 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
5 ° 4 ° 4 ° 5 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 5 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSW 14 31 SSW 15 34 SW 14 28 WNW 17 37 WNW 17 38 WNW 18 39 WNW 16 35 WNW 13 28
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
M VG G G VG G VG VG
Humidity
88% 82% 85% 78% 70% 70% 67% 71%
UV index
1 2 3 2 1
Sunrise: 05:47 Sunset: 20:25 Moon phase: Third quarter Air pollution: 4 Pollen: M
Sunday (Sunday 28 April 2019)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light rain
20% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 50%
Temperature (°C)
7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 10 ° 12 ° 13 ° 11 ° 10 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 7 ° 10 ° 11 ° 10 ° 8 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WNW 11 23 W 9 19 W 8 18 WNW 10 22 W 9 22 W 9 21 WSW 9 19 SW 9 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG G G
Humidity
73% 79% 82% 68% 62% 66% 79% 89%
UV index
1 2 3 1 1
Sunrise: 05:45 Sunset: 20:27 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 3 Pollen: M
Monday (Monday 29 April 2019)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Light rain Light rain Light shower day Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light rain
50% 50% 40% 20% 20% 20% 20% 50%
Temperature (°C)
10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 9 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
8 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 7 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSW 8 17 SSW 10 18 SSW 11 20 SW 13 25 SW 15 29 SW 15 28 SW 12 23 SW 10 19
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G M G G G G G G
Humidity
93% 94% 93% 84% 76% 74% 77% 86%
UV index
1 2 3 2 1
Sunrise: 05:43 Sunset: 20:29 Moon phase: Waning crescent
Tuesday (Tuesday 30 April 2019)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
20% 10% 10% 20% 20% 20% 20% 10%
Temperature (°C)
8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 10 ° 12 ° 13 ° 12 ° 10 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 8 ° 10 ° 11 ° 10 ° 8 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SW 9 17 WSW 9 17 WSW 9 17 W 11 22 WSW 11 24 W 11 23 W 10 18 WSW 8 15
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G G VG G
Humidity
90% 91% 90% 78% 68% 67% 71% 83%
UV index
1 3 3 2 1
Sunrise: 05:41 Sunset: 20:30 Moon phase: Waning crescent
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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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