Cheltenham Gold Cup 2022: How can I watch FREE live on UK TV today?

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he 2022 Cheltenham Festival ends with an exceptional final day of racing, including the prestigious Gold Cup.

The featured race of the week this afternoon is expected to be a very competitive affair, with Minella Indo looking to defend her crown from 2021.

However, the much-loved Galvin, last year’s finalist A Plus Tard and Al Boum Photo should pose a tough test, as should Protektorat and Royale Pagaille.

On Thursday, Flooring Porter triumphed again in feature Stayers’ Hurdle, while Bob Olinger claimed success in Turners Novices’ Chase after rival Galopin Des Champs fell at the final close.

Spectators are back on track after the 2021 Festival took place behind closed doors during the Covid-19 pandemic and record crowds are expected throughout the week, but many, many more fans will tune in to television across the country.

Here’s how you can follow all the action…

Cheltenham Festival 2022 start dates and times

The 2022 Cheltenham Festival kicked off on Tuesday March 15 and will run until Friday March 18.

There are seven races each day, with the first starting at 1:30 p.m. GMT and the last at 5:30 p.m. The featured race – which is the Gold Cup on Friday – takes place at 3:30 p.m.

How to watch the 2022 Cheltenham Festival

TV channel: The only place to watch the Festival in its entirety is on Race TV, which offers subscriptions from £10 for a day pass, as well as monthly and annual deals. Coverage starts from 10 a.m. each day on the channel.

On terrestrial television, ITV1 will broadcast live coverage of the first five races each day. Coverage begins at 12.40pm, with the hour-long opening show on ITV4 at 9am each meeting day to preview the action.

Direct: Racing TV subscribers can stream the action live via the website or app, while ITV viewers can do the same via the ITVHub website and app.

You can also follow all the action live every day with Standard Sport’s dedicated live blog.

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