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Watch Cheltenham live: stream all the 2020 festival's biggest races online anywhere

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After three days of glorious racing action, the stage is now set for the 2020 Cheltenham Festival's grand finale - Gold Cup Day. One of the biggest events on the sport's annual calendar, more than 250,000 punters will have bound through the gates at Prestbury Park this year when all's said and done, but all eyes are now firmly trained on 3.30pm GMT and the Gold Cup Steeple Chase. Here's how to watch Cheltenham live today from all over the world and see who takes home Gold Cup glory.

The week-long festival features a total of 28 race, culminating with the iconic Gold Cup - taking place later today at 3.30pm UK time as mentioned. Tuesday's opening day highlight was the 2 miles and ½ furlong Unibet Champion Hurdle, which saw favourite Epatante - owned by J.P. McManus and ridden by Barry Geraghty - take home glory in the 16-horse field.

Cheltenham Festival 2020 cheat sheet

This year's Cheltenham Festival started on Tuesday, March 10 and is a four-day event, with everything leading up to the  Cheltenham Gold Cup race today (Friday, March 13). Coverage starts daily at 1pm GMT on ITV1. The main event - the Gold Cup Steeple Chase - takes place at 3.30pm UK time.

Wednesday brought Ladies Day to Cheltenham and £10,000 to the best dressed spectator. The headline race was the Queen Mother Champion Chase, which was won by in superb style by Politologue.

Thursday saw huge Irish interest in Cheltenham (and horse racing) highlighted in what is widely known as St. Patrick's Thursday. It was arguably the most eventful day of the festival so far, with the Stayers’ Hurdle witnessing a huge surprise as 50-1 outsider Lisnager shocked overwhelming favourite Paisley Park to win the day's biggest race.

Generally, the first five races of each day are or were aired on ITV live and free in the UK. But if you're abroad or away from home you can still catch all the action, including the Gold Cup. Here's how to watch Cheltenham live regardless of where you are.

When is the Cheltenham Gold Cup today? Time, favourites, and predictions

As ever, the main event at this year's Cheltenham Festival is today's Gold Cup Steeple Chase, which has a prize pot of over £625,000. Taking place on Friday, March 13 at 3.30pm GMT, it pits the best jump horses in the world against each other. 

Last year's winner Al Boum Photo returns once again and is highly fancied to retain its title. However, Delta Work is the current in-form horse, while the combination of Presenting Percy and experienced jockey Davy Russell has many backing the pair to win the blue ribbon race today. Many insiders also like the look of Lostintranslation and Kemboy as they weight up the best Gold Cup bets to make today.

How to watch the Cheltenham live for free in the UK

This year's action is all on ITV meaning you can get it via an aerial, cable or Sky but also via the internet. This can be done using the ITV Hub app, or via the ITV website. Alternatively you can use TVPlayer.com, which offers a host of channels with a high quality stream.

Coverage of today's main Gold Cup Steeple Chase race will be available well in time for the expected 3.30pm GMT start, with the first race set to get underway at 1.30pm and ITV coverage starting just before at 1pm.

Racing TV subscribers meanwhile will have access to the Festival in its entirety, with live streams available to customers via its app or online, as well as through Sky TV and Freeview. The network is currently has a half-price deal during the Cheltenham Festival, offering viewers the service for £12.49 a month for a year. 

Not in the UK this weekend? You'll quickly find that the ITV coverage is geo-blocked on your laptop or mobile app. But don't get bogged down, as it's easy to get around that by downloading and installing a VPN. The software lets you change your IP address to a server back in the UK, making the device you're wanting to stream on think it's back at home. Pretty clever, eh? And it's really simple to sort out...

Watch Cheltenham live from outside your country the easy way

For UK horse racing fans wanting to watch Cheltenham live from abroad, the first thing to do is download and install a VPN . 

We've tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It's compatible with loads of devices including iOS, Android, Amazon Fire Stick, PlayStation, Apple TV and such, and we found it secure, speedy and simple-to-use. 

Those are just some of the reasons we rate ExpressVPN as the best all-round Virtual Private Network. for streaming events like Cheltenham live from abroad. Plus, it comes with 30-day money back guarantee - and you can get 3 months FREE with an annual plan

After that, your simply open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location - it's super easy to do. Choose UK to stream the Cheltenham Festival 2020 live for free via TVPlayer.com, which will allow you to access ITV and other UK terrestrial channels online.