RadioandMusic
| 23 Apr 2021
BBC Radio 5 live at the Cheltenham Festival

MUMBAI: Anticipation is once again building for one of racing's most celebrated meetings, the Cheltenham Festival, and BBC Radio 5 live will be there throughout the four days (10-13 March) to bring listeners all the high-octane action from this prestigious event.

BBC Radio Sport head Richard Burgess, says, "With live commentary from 28 races across the four days on 5 live and 5 live sports extra, we’ll once again take audiences into the heart of the Cheltenham Festival. Not just the races but all the excitement, atmosphere and interviews throughout the week with more coverage than ever before. Add to that the legend that is AP McCoy, some new faces with Lizzie Kelly, Caroline Bailey and the great John Francome all making appearances, and you’ve got an exciting Festival ahead on 5 live."

With all eyes on AP McCoy since he recently announced his retirement, Radio 5 live are delighted to mark the festival build up with a special programme on Thursday 5 March. AP McCoy: My Top 10 Horses sees the legendary jockey counting down the top 10 horses he has ever ridden. He will also be joining 5 live each day of the Festival with updates on his rides and all the insight from the track.

John Inverdale presents all four days from Cheltenham alongside BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght. John Hunt leads the commentary on all the races alongside former jump jockey Luke Harvey. Gold Cup-winning jockey Andrew Thornton leads the team of pundits, along with eight-time champion jockey Peter Scudamore, and also this year seven-time champion jockey John Francome, rising young jockey Lizzie Kelly and the first woman jockey to win at Cheltenham turned trainer, Caroline Bailey. Derek Thompson returns as trackside reporter along with Helen Skelton as roving reporter.

There will be live race coverage in Sportsday, race reports on the main races, and all the results, reaction and analysis. Throughout 2015, Radio 5 live will once again bring extensive coverage of both National Hunt and flat racing. Still to come are live broadcasts from around the country as the team head to the Grand National in April, the Derby at Epsom and Royal Ascot in June and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (July) and King George VI Chase, Kempton (December). Cornelius Lysaght will have news, interviews and insight into horse racing throughout 2015 on BBC Radio 5 live and online.