When is the Cheltenham Gold Cup? Runners and riders, TV times, betting odds and Newsboy's tips

The Greatest Show on Turf gets underway on March 14 when this year’s Cheltenham Festival begins at Prestbury Park.

All eyes will be on the jewel in the crown of the festival: Friday’s Gold Cup day.

But neither of the past two winners will be competing this time round, sadly.

The 2016 champion, the-then 9-4 favourite, Don Cossack was retired in January after suffering torn tendon. 2015 winner Coneygree is also ruled out.

Last year’s runner-up Djakadam will be looking to go one better this time round. But third-placed Don Poli has been ruled out of the elite Grade One field due to an injury.

Here we run through everything you need to know for this year’s Gold Cup.

Bryan Cooper on Don Cossack clears the last from Djakadam ridden by Ruby Walsh on the way to winning last year’s Gold Cup
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When is it?

Friday, March 17.

What time does the race start?

The scheduled time for this year’s Gold Cup race is 3.20pm.

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What TV channel is it on?

ITV have the exclusive rights after taking over from Channel 4. ITV’s coverage will start at 1pm and is hosted by former Sky Sports football presenter Ed Chamberlain.

You can follow live text commentary, latest pictures and results at Mirror Sport too.

Who is favourite to win?

With Thistlecrack ruled out, Cue Card is the early favourite with the bookmakers despite falling with three fences to go last year.

Djakadam, who finished second last year , is highly-fancied along with Native River.

Don Poli, Sizing John and Champagne West could be well-backed this year too.

Cue Card is the favourite heading into this year’s Gold Cup
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Runners and riders and their odds to win

Cue Card – 3/1
Native River – 4/1
Djakadam – 4/1
Outlander – 10/1
Sizing John – 10/1
Empire of Dirt – 12/1
More Of That – 16/1
Champagne West – 16/1
Zabana – 20/1
Minella Rocco – 20/1
Bristol De Mai – 20/1
Vroum Vroum Mag – 25/1
Smad Place – 40/1
Blaklion – 40/1
Saphir Du Rheu – 4-/1
Roi Des Francs – 50/1
Tea For Two – 50/1
Irish Cavalier – 66/1
Lord Windermere – 66/1
Sausalito Sunrise – 66/1
Sub Lieutenant – 66/1
Vezelay – 66/1
Fine Rightly – 100/1
Perfect Candidate 100/1
Theatre Guide – 100/1
Arctic Skipper – 200/1

* All odds taken from Paddy Power

Newsboy’s 1-2-3

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