Cheltenham Festival 2015: BBC coverage and schedule

Cheltenham Gold Cup
Eventual winner Lord Windermere (right) in the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup

All 28 races at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival will be live on BBC Radio.

There will be 12 hours of coverage on 5 live, and another six on 5 live sports extra, of the big jump race meeting from 10 to 13 March.

Pundits include ex-champions Peter Scudamore and John Francome, and riders Andrew Thornton and Lizzie Kelly.

The 19-time champion jockey AP McCoy will be a contributor before racing, and will feature in a special show on his 10 favourite horses on 5 March.

Coverage of the Festival will be on 5 live from 13:00-16:00 GMT, and sports extra from 16:00-17:30 GMT, each day with trainer Caroline Bailey also contributing.

Full race schedule below (all times GMT, distances in miles and furlongs):

Tuesday, 10 March

13:30Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle (2m ½f)

14:05Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase (2m)

14:40Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase (3m 1f)


16:00OLBG Mares Hurdle (2m 4f)

16:40Toby Balding National Hunt Steeple Chase (2m 4½f)

17:15Chaps Restaurant Barbados Novice Chase (4m)

Wednesday, 11 March

13:30 Neptune Investment Novices' Hurdle (2m 5f)

14:05 RSA Chase (3m ½f)

14:40 Coral Cup (2m 5f)


16:00 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase (3m 7f)

16:40 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2m ½f)

17:15 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2m ½f)

Thursday, 12 March

13:30JLT Novices Chase (2m 4f)

14:05Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle (3m)

14:40Ryanair Chase (2m 5f)


16:00Brown Advisory &; Merriebelle Stable Plate (2m 5f)

16:40The Fulke Walwyn Kim Challenge Cup Chase (3m 5f)

17:15The St Patrick's Derby (1m 5f charity race)

Friday, 13 March

13:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle (2m 1f)

14:05 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle (2m 1f)

14:40 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle (3m)


16:00 St James's Place Foxhunter Chase (3m 2½f)

16:40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Hurdle (2m 4½f)

17:15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (2m ½f)

The BBC team

John Inverdale presents all four days from Cheltenham alongside BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght. John Hunt leads the commentary on all the races alongside former jump jockey Luke Harvey.

Derek Thompson returns as trackside reporter along with Helen Skelton as roving reporter.

"We'll once again take audiences into the heart of the Cheltenham Festival, not just the races but all the excitement, atmosphere and interviews throughout the week with more coverage than ever before," said BBC head of radio sport Richard Burgess.

McCoy is riding at Cheltenham for the last time and will count down his top horses in a special show at 20:00 on Thursday, 5 March. He will join 5 live on each day of the Festival with updates on his rides and all the insight from the track.

The BBC Sport website will bring all the build-up plus news, interviews and the buzz of the course, including photos into Sportsday Live. There will be reports on the main races, plus results, reaction and analysis.

Corneliusexternal-link and Frank Keoghexternal-link will be posting updates on Twitter from Cheltenham throughout the week.