Royal Ascot scheduled for June but set to take place behind closed doors and with Queen absent for first time in her 68-year reign

14 May

Racing is set for a high-profile return when it resumes with Royal Ascot scheduled for June – but the meeting will take place behind closed doors and with even the Queen absent. The UK Government announced earlier this week that sport in England may resume on June 1 as long as no spectators are present, […]

Potters Corner wins Virtual Grand National, computer simulation replaces real race cancelled due to coronavirus crisis

4 Apr

Potters Corner raced to glory at Aintree to win the 2020 Virtual Grand National. With the real race cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the computer simulation certainly captured the imagination, with bookmakers donating all profits to NHS charities. It proved an epic renewal, with the Christian Williams-trained Potters Corner (18-1) clinging on under teenage […]

Harry Redknapp’s funny story of being conned by a ‘little fella’ pretending to be jockey Lee Topliss – ‘He had me going for five years!’

20 Mar

We can always count on one of Harry Redknapp’s tales to brighten up the day and help fight the self-isolation blues. With the government telling us to work from home, stay inside and practise ‘social distancing’ – and with all sport on hiatus – due to the coronavirus, is ploughing through the archives to […]

When will the Grand National take place? Aintree showpiece CANCELLED due to coronavirus outbreak in ‘devastating blow’ to the horse racing industry

16 Mar

The 2020 Grand National at Aintree has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The National, which is renowned as the world’s greatest steeplechase and the biggest betting event on the race calendar, was due to take place on April 4. But the entire three-day Merseyside meeting has been scrapped after government advised greater social […]

Coronavirus in sport: All the events cancelled or postponed including Premier League, Euro 2020, Olympics, The Open, Wimbledon and Anthony Joshua fight

13 Mar

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the worldwide sporting calendar. The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have all called a halt to the action. Meanwhile, England’s cricket team cut short their tour of Sri Lanka, while the year’s first golf major, […]

Cheltenham Gold Cup: Runner-by-runner guide for the flagship race of the Festival as Al Boum Photo goes for glory again

13 Mar

As ever, the Magners Gold Cup is the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival. A big field going hammer and tongs for three and a quarter miles, with racing’s ultimate prize up for grabs – does it get any better? This year’s contest looks typically competitive, with the Irish contingent holding all the aces as 2019 […]

Alan Brazil’s best excuses as Sports Breakfast host pulls latest Cheltenham Festival sickie, despite vowing: ‘I’ll be there for all five days!’

13 Mar

Well, we didn’t see this coming… Alan Brazil pulled his latest talkSPORT sickie as the host missed Gold Cup day and the final Sports Breakfast show of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival on Friday. But fear not, listeners – he hasn’t got coronavirus. Nope. His excuse this year? He’s got a bad back. Just a week […]

Cheltenham course chief explains why the Festival won’t be cancelled for coronavirus and says Gold Cup WILL go ahead

13 Mar

Cheltenham Festival bosses have revealed the Gold Cup WILL go ahead on Friday, despite fears over coronavirus. Racecourse manager Ian Renton and has told talkSPORT the Festival has worked closely with the UK government in its decision to remain open. Festival organisers have come under fire for not cancelling this week’s event, despite some of […]

Cheltenham Champion Chase on talkSPORT: Start time, race card and full commentary of Queen Mother special with Altior ruled out

11 Mar

Ladies Day is a fan favourite at the Cheltenham Festival with the Queen Mother Champion Chase one of the main highlights. It’s the day when the crowd gets to don all their finery and show off, dressing up to impress while enjoying some of the best racing the country has to offer. However, Altior will […]

Nicky Henderson overtakes Willie Mullins with Champion Hurdle triumph as coronavirus fails to stop Cheltenham – What happened on day one at The Festival?

10 Mar

A crowd of more than 60,000 attended day one of the Cheltenham Festival, after officials at the track backed measures in place on course to combat the coronavirus outbreak. And they were treated to a stellar day of racing as Nicky Henderson overtook Willie Mullins as the most successful trainer in The Festival’s history – […]

Cheltenham FREE BETS: The best day one offers and sign up bonuses that can help you get off to a flyer at the Festival

10 Mar

One of the most eagerly-awaited sporting events of the year is upon us once more – the Cheltenham Festival. Kicking off with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on Tuesday at 1.30pm we’re set for a thrilling four days of action, with talkSPORT bringing you live and exclusive coverage all week from Prestbury Park. There are plenty […]

Cheltenham Festival tips: Five bankers to back at the Festival this year, including Gold Cup winner

10 Mar

It wouldn’t be the Cheltenham Festival without a couple of surefire, iron-clad bankers. Every year there are a handful of horses punters just love to pile into – and every year, at least two or three have the bookies sprinting for cover. We’ve picked out five who could make or break racegoers’ hearts, as the […]

Cheltenham 2020 tips: Five outsiders to back at the Festival this year, including 25/1 Gold Cup shot

10 Mar

The Cheltenham Festival might be best known for the crowd roaring home a shorty, but there are plenty of big prices available throughout the week. Last year saw multiple winners over 25-1, so here are five outsiders who could surprise the bookies with a big run. Silver Streak – 20-1 (Champion Hurdle – Tuesday, 3.30pm) […]

Cheltenham 2020 tips: Willie Mullins to be top trainer? Monalee to spring Gold Cup surprise? Rachael Blackmore to take jockeys’ title?

10 Mar

It’s now Day Two at Cheltenham – and talkSPORT can barely contain its excitement! As ever, talkSPORT will be at Prestbury Park from the early hours on Tuesday through to Gold Cup day on Friday to bring you live and exclusive radio coverage of the biggest horse racing event of the year. Cheltenham Festival 2020: […]

Cheltenham Festival: How the showpiece horse racing event was founded, the Irish influence and more

10 Mar

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most celebrated events in the National Hunt calendar. Some of the world’s best horses, trainers and jockeys flock to Prestbury Park every March in their bid to win some of jump racing’s most respected races. gives you a brief history of the event, which has roots dating […]

Three-time Festival winner Katie Walsh takes fans behind the scenes of Cheltenham ahead of the biggest week in jump racing

9 Mar

There are very few more iconic sights in horse racing than a victorious jockey pumping their fist in the air as they charge through the finishing line at Cheltenham. Tuesday marks the start of the biggest week in jump racing as thousands of racegoers will don their tweed suits and head to the famous track. […]

Every weird betting term explained ahead of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival – a world where Canadians, monkeys and naps aren’t what you think

9 Mar

Cheltenham and its mini-universe of betting jargon can be a confusing place for first-time visitors. It’s a place where a pony has nothing to do with the animal, while neither Canadian nor Dutch actually refer to someone’s nationality. And at some point, you’ll no doubt find yourself asking why everyone keeps talking about trixies and […]

Rachael Blackmore: The female jockey with a serious shot at being crowned top rider at Cheltenham Festival 2020

9 Mar

After a breakthrough 2019 for female jockeys, Rachael Blackmore could well be the story of this Cheltenham Festival. Last year saw history made at Prestbury Park as Bryony Frost became the first woman to ride a Grade One winner over jumps at the Festival, triumphing on Frodon in the Ryanair Chase, before Blackmore followed suit […]

From a 100-1 Gold Cup winner to the horse that everybody underestimated: Five biggest shocks in the history of the Cheltenham Festival

9 Mar

Betting on a horse because you like the name isn’t always the worst course of action. Who knows, one day you might stumble upon Norton’s Coin, the 100-1 shot that won the Gold Cup in 1990. Cheltenham Festival was made for the underdog – and there have been plenty down the years. At The Heart […]

From Alan Brazil to Zara Tindall… A definitive A to Z guide with everything you need to know about the Cheltenham Festival

9 Mar

Ah, the Cheltenham Festival. One of the greatest weeks in the sporting calendar. Since 1861, horse racing’s finest have flocked to the small town in Gloucestershire to fight for some of the most historic prizes in sport. And punters follow them to the hallowed turf of Prestbury Park for an emotional rush which cannot be […]

Cheltenham 2020: Kauto Star a king again, Sprinter Sacre’s heroic return and classic moments in Festival history

9 Mar

There have been some epic moments in Cheltenham Festival history – moments that give you the kind of goosebumps only exhilarating sport can. Trawling through the archives reminds you of just how wonderful some of the races have been, and we’ve picked out five of the greatest. Sprinter Sacre regains his crown Even if you’re […]

Cheltenham Festival LIVE: Race times, day-by-day schedule and full talkSPORT coverage for racing event of the year

6 Feb

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest meetings in the National Hunt calendar and the 2020 week is finally upon us. The famous festival consists of four days of top-class racing with several Grade 1 races including the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Stayers’ Hurdle and the feature event, the Gold Cup. We’ll have […]

Cheltenham Festival race results: All the winners from Prestbury Park in 2020 as Al Boum Photo takes Gold Cup

4 Feb

Al Boum Photo romped to a second straight Gold Cup victory as the thrills and spills of the Cheltenham Festival enjoyed its 2020 edition. From Ladies Day to St Patrick’s Thursday and, of course, the Gold Cup itself, Cheltenham produced another memorable week.   Cheltenham Festival 2020: Race results Day One: Champion Day – 10th March […]