It is the biggest National Hunt festival of the year and while an estimated 20,000 Irish fans will travel over to Prestbury Park over the next four days there will be plenty of live coverage to keep people up to date at home as well.
TV3 will have all five races live from Cheltenham every day, taking the ITV feed from the track which will be fronted by Ed Chamberlin with expert analysis from AP McCoy, Mick Fitzgerald and Brian Gleeson. Richard Hoiles will be on commentary duty to call the winners home.
There will be a nightly highlights show on 3e at 8 pm on Tuesday 13th March and 7 pm on Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th and Friday 16th March.
In addition, TV3’s hit breakfast show Ireland AM will be live from Cheltenham each morning with a look ahead to the day’s action.
TV3’s coverage will also be streamed live across 3player each day.
RTÉ Radio will also have extensive coverage of the Festival with Tony O’Hehir at the microphone for all of the races from the Cotswolds while RTÉ.ie/sport will offer online news and coverage of the festival.
Radio coverage begins at 1.00pm today Tuesday 13 March on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra when Pauric Lodge will be joined in studio by Jane Mangan and Michael Fortune.
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra on the RTE website or by downloading the RTÉ Radio player app to your smartphone or tablet.
All the feature races will be live on the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1.
Game On on RTÉ 2FM from 7 pm each evening will have comprehensive coverage throughout the Festival and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will also keep listeners updated on all of the action.
Yesterday we looked at what Paddy power was estimating in terms of turnover on the racing during the week and the international significance of the festival is highlighted by coverage on CNN which includes the reference that “With 50 thoroughbred horses per 10,000 people — 10 times more than Britain — Ireland is a horse-mad country that punches well above its weight when it comes to winning the sport’s biggest prizes.”
Tuesday’s Top Tips from Sport for Business:
*Please note the value of your investments can, and in all likelihood will go down as well as up, but if you fancy a flutter…
Our Daily Hotpot: Footpad in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy at 2-10
Our Daily Outsider: Menghli Khan E/W at 16/1 in Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle at 1-30
Image Credit: Cheltenham Racecourse