ITV’s coverage marks the first time the channel has screened live racing from the Cheltenham Festival, during which horses and their riders will battle it out for prize money in excess of £4.1 million.
Alongside ITV’s coverage, extended 90-minute editions of The Opening Show, presented by Oli Bell, will air from 9.30am on ITV4 every morning throughout the festival to preview each day’s action.
You could say Oli was born for the job. He looks quite at home with a glass of champagne in hand during our interview and he has an enviable racing pedigree. His uncle is Michael Bell, a prolific racehorse trainer with over 1000 winners. Whilst his father Rupert is a sports broadcaster who is most at home in the realms of equestrian sport and racing. He is perhaps most famous for being “the voice of Radio Badminton” and is a familiar voice on talkSPORT.
Oli’s paternal grandfather was involved in owning racehorses and he claimed that first sparked his interest.