It’s here! The Cheltenham Festival is the meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar in the United Kingdom, with race prize money second only to the prestigious Grand National event. It is a week-long racecard where many of the best British- and Irish-trained horses race to an extent which is relatively rare during the rest of the season. Cheltenham is often noted for its atmosphere, most notably the “Cheltenham roar,” which refers to the enormous amount of noise that the crowd generates as the starter raises the tape for the first race of the Cheltenham festival.
The Festival takes place March 12 – March 15th:
Day One Champion Day –
CHELTENHAM DAY 1 – TUESDAY MARCH 12
Officially billed as Champion Day, the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival is packed with top quality and starts with a bang as the best young hurdlers go to the post in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
The Racing Post Arkle will end up crowing the champion two-mile novice chaser. The headline race on day one is the Unibet Champion Hurdle, won for the past two years by the Nicky Henderson-trained Buveur D’Air, who returns to defend his crown this year.
Day Two is Ladies Day –
CHELTENHAM DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY MARCH 13
Ladies Day consists of a perfect blend of speed and stamina, with the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase one of the most interesting races as the fastest two-milers compete around Prestbury Park’s demanding chase course.
The RSA Chase is a severe examination for burgeoning staying talent and the Cross Country Chase gets better by the year, with last year’s winner – Tiger Roll – famously going on to claim Grand National glory at Aintree.
Day Three St. Patrick’s Thursday –
CHELTENHAM DAY 3 – THURSDAY MARCH 14
The St Patrick’s Thursday crowd has every reason to celebrate with a couple of cracking Grade One contests in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase.
The JLT Novices’ Chase also carries top-class status while the Pertemps Network Final provides a fantastic puzzle for punters to solve as a huge field scrap for hurdling honors over three miles.
Day Four Gold Cup Day –
CHELTENHAM DAY 4 – FRIDAY MARCH 15
Gold Cup Day is decided on the final day of the Festival and always promises to provide the greatest spectacle. It is one of the most sought-after titles in racing
The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup is a race associated with the elite of the sport and nothing can rival the Cheltenham roar as the horses charge up the famous hill. The 2018 battle between Native River and Might Bite will live long in the memory and connections of the 2019 contenders will be dreaming of something similar.
The JCB Triumph Hurdle and Albert Bartlett also crown top-class talents, while the 28th and final race see quality two-mile handicappers vie for glory in the Grand Annual Handicap Chase.
Horses to watch:
Apple’s Jade – Champion Hurdle
Supasundae – Champion Hurdle
Altior – Queen Mother Champion Chase
Samcro – Stayer’s Hurdle
Waiting Patiently – Ryanair Chase
Clan Des Obeaux – Cheltenham Gold Cup
Al Boum Photo – Cheltenham Gold Cup
Cheltenham Racecourse presents Four Days of Extraordinary. Make plans to join the pinnacle Jump racing event of the year, an event with an atmosphere that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.