How to watch Cheltenham live: stream the 2019 horse racing festival online from anywhere

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It's that time of year when thousands of horse racing fans and wannabe punters head to Prestbury Park to watch the Cheltenham Festival where the best of Irish and English horses battle it out. All that leads to the grand finale of the Gold Cup which takes place on the last day of the festival event. Want to watch Cheltenham live to see if your nags come in? Then you're in the right place to discover how.

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.

This year the Foxhunter's Chase, which follows the main Steeple Chase, is also expected to be very exciting as Victoria Pendleton – yup, the Olympic track cyclist – will ride Pachu Du Polder.

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

Watch Cheltenham live from outside your country in three easy jumps

1. Download and install a VPN  

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