ITV will broadcast almost five hours of coverage of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 each day with a daily morning Opening Show and then the main afternoon show, starting at the earlier time of 12.40.
Presented by Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani, viewers will be taken to the heart of the action to see all their favourite equine stars at jump racing’s most famous Festival.
Alongside Ed and Francesca on the podium will be 20-time champion jump jockey, Sir Anthony McCoy, and Gold-cup winning pundit, Mick Fitzgerald. The Festivals’ winning-most rider Ruby Walsh will join the team there as well as offer the most state-of-the-art race analysis from his specially created ‘hub’.
Out and about on track will be Luke Harvey at the first fence and race starts, Rishi Persad and Alice Plunkett in the parade ring and at the finish, and Matt Chapman and Brian Gleeson in the thick of the action in the betting ring.
Oli Bell will be outside the weighing room and Chris Hughes will be ‘roving’ amongst the race goers, both back for the first time in two years. Richard Hoiles will be commentating, and Kevin Blake will join the team from Ireland to offer his unique views on stories as they unfold.
Across the week, the Bafta and Broadcast award-winning production and technical team will use state-of-the-art equipment including a ‘Falcon-cam’, that swings high above the parade ring, trackers following the horses, a wire cam along the home straight and a drone. The Opening Show, hosted by Oli Bell, will be on daily following all the action around the course as the Irish horses go out for their morning exercise.
Oli will be joined by members of the team across the four days including Ruby Walsh, Sir Anthony McCoy, Mick Fitzgerald, Luke Harvey, Rishi Persad, Matt Chapman, Alice Plunkett and Chris Hughes with Sally Ann Grassick out with the horses. The show will bring viewers all the latest news and tipping from the experts as well as additional daily guests to shine a light on the day’s key races. Every day there will also be a free-to-enter ITV7 competition, which has total jackpot prizes of over £500,000 across the week.
ITV Racing at the Cheltenham Festival 2022 Tuesday 15th – Friday 20th March.