5 live at the Cheltenham Festival
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.
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.