5 May 2014

Cheltenham Festival Guide

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL GUIDE

The Cheltenham Festival is the best week of National Hunt action in the racing calendar.

28 races. 14 Grade One’s. Four memorable days.

Dating back to 1911, the Festival has been a year-on-year fixture for over 100 years.

Taking place in the middle of March, Tuesday 16th until Friday 19th in 2021 to be exact, it is an event like no other.

The big questions from the Jumps season are answered at Prestbury Park in front of 250,000 racegoers.

Britain’s best take on the Irish elite as the eyes of the sporting world turn to Gloucestershire.

Read more for a breakdown of each day…

 

MAR

16

DAY ONE

Join us for the infamous Cheltenham Roar.

You simply cannot beat the opening day of the Festival.

Taking place on the Tuesday, the annual curtain raiser arrived in the form of the Grade One Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

The best two-mile novice hurdlers duel up the Cheltenham hill and bid to get their respective connections off to the best possible start.

The day’s championship race is the Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy.

From Istabraq to Sea Pigeon, and from Faugheen to Buveur D’Air, some of the finest horses in Jumps history have landed the esteemed prize.

Normally a frenziedly run affair, the feature contest of the Tuesday determines who rules the roost in the two-mile open hurdle division.

SCHEDULE

13:30

13:30

13:30

13:30

13:30

13:30

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) – 2m 5f

Festival Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) – 3m 80y

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) – 2m 5f

Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) – 1m 7f 199y

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase – 3m 6f 37y

Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1) – 2m 87y

MAR

17

DAY TWO

Join us for the infamous Cheltenham Roar.

You simply cannot beat the opening day of the Festival.

Taking place on the Tuesday, the annual curtain raiser arrived in the form of the Grade One Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

The best two-mile novice hurdlers duel up the Cheltenham hill and bid to get their respective connections off to the best possible start.

The day’s championship race is the Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy.

From Istabraq to Sea Pigeon, and from Faugheen to Buveur D’Air, some of the finest horses in Jumps history have landed the esteemed prize.

Normally a frenziedly run affair, the feature contest of the Tuesday determines who rules the roost in the two-mile open hurdle division.

SCHEDULE

13:30

13:30

13:30

13:30

13:30

13:30

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) – 2m 5f

Festival Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) – 3m 80y

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) – 2m 5f

Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) – 1m 7f 199y

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase – 3m 6f 37y

Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1) – 2m 87y

MAR

18

DAY THREE

Join us for the infamous Cheltenham Roar.

You simply cannot beat the opening day of the Festival.

Taking place on the Tuesday, the annual curtain raiser arrived in the form of the Grade One Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

The best two-mile novice hurdlers duel up the Cheltenham hill and bid to get their respective connections off to the best possible start.

The day’s championship race is the Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy.

From Istabraq to Sea Pigeon, and from Faugheen to Buveur D’Air, some of the finest horses in Jumps history have landed the esteemed prize.

Normally a frenziedly run affair, the feature contest of the Tuesday determines who rules the roost in the two-mile open hurdle division.

SCHEDULE

13:30

13:30

13:30

13:30

13:30

13:30

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) – 2m 5f

Festival Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) – 3m 80y

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) – 2m 5f

Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) – 1m 7f 199y

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase – 3m 6f 37y

Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1) – 2m 87y