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Cheltenham Festival 2017 – Live TV Coverage on ITV

The 2017 Cheltenham Festival will take place this week (14-18th March) with live TV coverage on ITV.

The coverage marks the first time ITV has screened live racing from the Cheltenham Festival and features 20 hours of live footage, taking in five races per day.

ITV’s coverage will also go behind the scenes at the course, featuring interviews with key jockeys, trainers and racing legends, sampling the atmosphere in the grandstands, all leading up to the showpiece Gold Cup on Friday afternoon.

‘The Opening Show’ will also be extended to 90 minutes – starting at 9.30am every day of the festival.

ITV Racing presenter Ed Chamberlin will be joined by Sir AP McCoy, Luke Harvey and Mick Fitzgerald, with on-course reporting from Oli Bell and in the paddock with Alice Plunkett.

Matt Chapman will have the latest betting news and Brian Gleeson will provide an Irish angle on the action.

Weather presenter Lucy Verasamy will provide essential weather forecasts, Victoria Pendleton will report from behind the scenes, and expert Eva O’Donoghue will give her views from a veterinary perspective. Richard Hoiles will be in the commentary box.

ITV’s coverage will also be streamed live on the ITV Hub.

Tuesday 14th March

09:30 – 11:00 – The Opening Show

Live coverage starts at 1pm

13:30 The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race

14:10 The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase

14:50 The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase

15:30 The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy

16:10 The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race

Wednesday 15th March

09:30 – 11:00 – The Opening Show

Live coverage starts at 1pm

13:30 The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race

14:10 The RSA Steeple Chase

14:50 The Coral Cup Hurdle

15:30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase

16:10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase

Thursday 16th March

09:30 – 11:00 – The Opening Show

Live coverage starts at 1pm

13:30 The JLT Novices’ Chase

14:10 The Pertemps Network Final

14:50 The Ryanair Steeple Chase

15:30 The Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle Race

16:10 The Brown Advisory Merriebelle Stable

Friday 18th March

09:30 – 11:00 – The Opening Show

Live coverage starts at 1pm

13:30 The JCB Triumph Hurdle

14:10 The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Race

14:50 The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race

15:30 The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase

16:10 The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup