Cheltenham Festival Races Weather

Racegoers in the rain during day two of the November Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham

The weather can play a major role in the Cheltenham Festival. The weather can affect both the racetrack and horses and the outcome of a race can be influenced by it. Unfortunately, with horse racing, the weather is not a factor that can be controlled. Cheltenham Festival races weather can change greatly over the four-day race meeting. One day it can be cool and dry and the next drizzly.

Punters will need to know just how the Cheltenham Festival races weather can affect the horses running in the races. Throughout the Cheltenham Festival, our expert horse racing writing staff will follow everything you need to know. Whether it is information about the weather or odds on the races, our staff will explain the best bets during the festival.

We also keep an eye out for the best Cheltenham Festival free bets, bookmaker offers, and promotions. Horse racing punters can visit each day of the festival to stay up-to-date on the latest news and weather.

The Cheltenham Festival begins Tuesday, 10 March and continues to Friday, March 13 at Prestbury Park. The iconic horserace meeting features 28 fantastic races. The number of top trainers, jockeys, and horses on offer is incredible and will have the latest information and odds available for punters before and during each day of the races.

Racegoers are always excited for the festival season and there is no better race meeting than the Cheltenham Festival. The weather in the Cotswolds in March can be unpredictable and racegoers will want to be sure they are dressed for cool, drizzly afternoons.

The Cheltenham Festival race weather may be unpredictable but fans can get an idea of what it will be like from the January pre-festival race trials. Gloucestershire, home of Prestbury Park and the Cheltenham Festival, was battered by wind and rain in early January. The good news for this year’s festival is the weather has improved from those early January rainy and windy days.

During the Cheltenham Festival race trials, the weather was mostly dry with the occasional spell of drizzle. Racegoers at the trials had to wrap up warm as highs reached 10 degrees Celsius while the lows hit 4 degrees Celsius. The sun didn’t shine down on the trials as clouds were mostly overhead.

In 2019, there were fears that day two of the Cheltenham Festival races would be cancelled due to a storm. The weather can often cause fears to emerge within the festival’s organisers. Extremely bad weather can see a day at the races ended prematurely.

How does the Cheltenham Festival Races Weather affect the horses?

The Cheltenham Festival races weather has a major impact on the horses and the races at the meeting. Therefore, the weather can have a major impact on betting and that is why our expert writing staff looks at these intangibles that can make or break a wager.

The races at the Cheltenham Festival are run on turf. Rainfall affects the turf and the conditions can change due to the amount of rain that collects on the racecourse.

A small amount or no rain and the turf becomes hard. This means there is less “give” under a horse’s hoof. A hard racetrack is considered “Good” or “Good to Firm”. A “Good to Firm” racetrack can give faster horses an advantage. However, it is unlikely the 2020 edition of the festival will see “Good to Firm” turf as summertime racing is the best for a firmer racetrack.

It is more likely that the Cheltenham Festival races will see softer turf. If rain has fallen constantly onto the turf, it becomes soft and will be describe as “Good to Soft” or “Heavy”. You are more likely to find “Good to Soft” or “Heavy” turf during the winter and early spring.

Heavy rain and frost can see the Cheltenham Festival races postponed or a day cancelled. Fans and punters should always look at the Cheltenham Festival races weather forecast in advanced to see what the turf conditions are going to be for the event.

Use the Cheltenham Festival races weather to your advantage

If you want to make a bet on the races at the Cheltenham Festival, and why wouldn’t you, it is vital to check the going before you wager. You need to do your homework on the horses and discover how the horses performed in previous races on similar surfaces and in similar weather. You should make your selection on a horse that has recently performed well on the same going. If a horse did poorly on “Heavy” going, it isn’t wise to back that horse.

Some horses struggle with the soft ground and perform poorly or vice-versa. Meanwhile, speedsters can prefer the going as “Firm”. So, it may be wise to bet on those quick horses if it is a dry day at the racetrack. Use the weather and the racecourse’s turf to your advantage.

With the Cheltenham Festival upcoming, it is time to get ready for the various weather patterns that the Cotswolds can experience. Our staff of writers will have the latest odds and bet bonuses for you to use when wagering on the Cheltenham Festival. Don’t miss a minute of the action with and be sure to follow the weather at the races.


What is the weather forecast for Cheltenham?

The weather forecast for this year’s Cheltenham festival updates regularly. For the latest Cheltenham weather forecast, check back here closer to the event.

Are horse racing meetings ever cancelled because of the weather?

Yes, races can be cancelled if a racecourse is experiencing particularly tough weather. Unfortunately, the weather is not something that can be controlled, but with storm Dennis and Nigel having been and gone, we can only hope for an upturn in fortunes. 

How does the weather affect horse racing?

Weather can have a massive effect on a horse race. On the day of every meeting, the racecourse clerk asses the ‘going’ of the track. The going is a description of the conditions underfoot and is measured by a goingstick, which determines how much moisture is in the ground. Some horses may perform better on firmer ground, or vice-versa.

What are the different types of going in Horse Racing?

There are six main types of going in British Horse Racing. Firm, good to firm, good, good to soft, soft and heavy. Other terms describe the going of a race track in Britain and Ireland include fast, standard and slow.

What is an all-weather horse racing track?

An all-weather horse racing track is not made of traditional track. instead, it is made from a synthetic surface known as polytrack. This allows racing to carry on throughout the year as it is not affected by adverse weather conditions.


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