The Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the world's most prestigious horse racing events, and today's the day. The grand finale of the Cheltenham Festival is here. So whether you're a punter with money on the line, or just an interested spectator, you're in the right place to discover how to watch Cheltenham live from your corner of the Earth.
As ever, the main event at this year's Cheltenham Festival is the Gold Cup Steeple Chase which is a £625,000 prize chase race which sees the best jump horses in the world performing at their limits. Presenting Percy, Clan Des Obeaux and last year's winner Native River are leading the odds for the big one, with the likes of Kemboy, Thistlecrack and Elegant Escape looking like, if you'll forgive the pun, dark horses.
Cheltenham Festival 2019 - where and when
This year the Cheltenham Festival runs from Tuesday, March 12 for four days until the Cheltenham Gold Cup race on the afternoon of Friday, March 15.
Coverage starts daily at 1pm GMT. The main event - the Gold Cup Steeple Chase - is on Friday at 3.30pm GMT.
This year's festival event breaks down into Champion Day on Tuesday, with the Champion Hurdle as the main event; Ladies Day on Wednesday with £10,000 up for grabs for best dressed and the Queen Mother Champion Chase race; the World Hurdle and Chases races on Thursday; before the Gold Cup Steeple Chase finale on Friday.
This year the first five races of each day will be 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 nd this guide will explain how you can watch Cheltenham live regardless of where you are.
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How to watch the Cheltenham Festival 2019 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 the main Gold Cup Steeple Chase race will be available for the 3.30pm GMT event on Friday, but the first race shown is at 1.30pm GMT everyday with ITV coverage starting from 1pm GMT.
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 in three easy jumps
We've tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It's compatible with looooads of devices including iOS, Android, Amazon Fire Stick, PlayStation, Apple TV and such, and we found it secure, speedy and simple-to-use. So for a one-stop shop, you can't go wrong with Express - but there are more fantastic VPN options out there as well. Our top 3 best VPN choices are as follows:
- ExpressVPN: the best all-round VPN for streaming, comes with 30-day money back guarantee and 3 months FREE with an annual plan
- NordVPN: SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great, affordable choice for streaming
- IPVanish supports up to 10 devices, so great for watching on the go and at home
2. Connect to the appropriate server location
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 2019 live for free (using the link below).