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Andy Dill | 11:43 UK time, Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Cheltenham race course


One of sport’s great occasions – The Cheltenham Festival – gets underway today and both 5 live and sports extra will have extensive coverage throughout the four days of racing.

John Inverdale and our expert team will guide you through with commentary on the first four races each day, culminating in the Gold Cup, the most prestigious of them all, on Friday afternoon.

As one of key meetings in the jump racing season, it’s an event littered with highs throughout its 109 year history, with legendary champions like Kauto Star, Denman and Desert Orchid all being crowned.

An amazing 220,000 people will flock to the scenic Gloucestershire course in expectation, keen to be part of the dramatic stories which this week always manages to conjure up.

As well as the Gold Cup, highlights include the Champions Hurdle on Tuesday, the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday and the World Hurdle which is Thursday’s main attraction.

Our coverage begins at 1pm on sports extra before switching to 5 live from 2pm, while on Friday, 5 live will start the build-up to the Gold Cup from 1pm. If you miss any of the day’s racing, Clare Balding and Mick Fitzgerald will round everything up in a podcast which you can download here on the 5 live website.

There’ll also be behind-the-scenes photos here on the website giving you a full flavour of the atmosphere. 5 live sport from 7pm every night will also have the full rundown of all the action.

As well as the regular commentary team featuring Cornelius Lysaght and John Hunt, there will be plenty of racing expertise on hand during the day with former jockeys Peter Scudamore and Luke Harvey also giving their insight, along with comedian Kevin Day.

Andy Dill is a producer for 5 live sport.


  • Comment number 1.

    I so love this traditional week and the coverage on 5Live. Always captures the atmosphere, the buzz and the fun.

  • Comment number 2.

    I do enjoy listening to John Inverdale and Clare Balding who are both quality broadcasters, always interesting and knowledgeable. I'm not particularly interested in horse racing but I still enjoy the coverage. It makes a welcome change from the trivial rubbish like the Moan-in and Help which should have been ditched by now if the BBC Trust service review of BBC Radio 5 live was implemented.

    Can we have John Inverdale at Wimbledon this year rather than Richard Bacon?

  • Comment number 3.

    The Cheltenham Festival coverage is always one of the sporting highlights of the year on Five Live, love the coverage and the contributions from the whole team. Its always great to hear John Inverdale back presenting on Five Live.

    Looks like its the end of the road for horse racing on BBC television but the Five Live coverage is always impressive.

  • Comment number 4.

    Completely agree with David,5lives coverage of the Cheltenham Festival is fantastic,i love lisitening to the whole team,also its a shame that BBC Television is going to lose the rights to all Horse Racing, however at least the BBC have got a Monopoly all the major sports in the form of 5live.

    5live the skysports of Radio!!

  • Comment number 5.

    You agree with me then Fed, just can't admit it.

    I lost some money on the races yesterday, I have never known the BBC tips to actually work!

  • Comment number 6.

    Sorry Carrie, i dont follow, agree with you in what respect?

  • Comment number 7.

    Comment 1: "I so love this traditional week and the coverage on 5Live. Always captures the atmosphere, the buzz and the fun."

  • Comment number 8.

    Another good thing this week is hearing Rob Nothman, he's not on-air enough. Only seems to be Cheltenham, the Grand National, the Open and the odd football match. It was great to hear him present the start of the coverage this afternoon.


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