The Cheltenham Festival is the pinnacle of the National Hunt season and takes place at Prestbury Park racecourse in Cheltenham during mid-March each year. In 2005 the festival was extended to four days of Horse Racing Betting which added a further six races to the programme.
The Festival has become so popular tickets are sold out well in advance, both in the UK and in Ireland. There is plenty of interest from the Irish, who travel over the Irish Sea in their thousands year on year for what has become an annual pilgrimage.
There are four Championship races during the Festival, including the meeting's higlight - the Gold Cup, which was won by Bob's Worth in 2013 as he held off Sir Des Champs and Long Run.
Another Championship race is the Champion Hurdle, which takes place on the opening day, and the 2013 renewal saw Hurricane Fly, winner two years ago, regain his title from Rock On Ruby.
Day two's Championship race is the Queen Mother Champion Chase, won by 1/4 odds on favourite Sprinter Sacre as Nicky Henderson's stable star made it eight wins from eight over fences in fine style.
Day three features the World Hurdle, a three mile contest for some of the finest staying hurdlers around. Big Buck's has dominated this race by winning four successive times from 2009 to 2012 but he was absent in 2013 and 17/2 chance Solwhit took advantage to win.
The race cards for 2014 will appear here as soon as they are available but in the meantime you can check out how the 2013 Festival panned out....
|Tuesday, 12th March 2013|
|14.05||Supreme Novices' Hurdle Odds||Result||Winner:||Champagne Fever (5/1)|
|14.40||Arkle Challenge Trophy Odds||Result||Winner:||Simonsig (8/15F)|
|15.20||JLT Speciality Handicap Chase Odds||Result||Winner:||Golden Chieftan (28/1)|
|16.00||Champion Hurdle Odds||Result||Winner:||Hurricane Fly (13/8F)|
|16.40||David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle Odds||Result||Winner:||Quevega (8/11F)|
|17.15||Pulteney Novices' Chase Odds||Result||Winner:||Rajdhani Express (16/1)|
|Wednesday, 13th March 2013|
|13.30||143rd National Hunt Chase Odds||Result||Winner:||Back In Focus (9/4F)|
|14.05||Neptune Novices' Hurdle Odds||Result||Winner:||The New One (7/2)|
|14.40||RSA Chase Odds||Result||Winner:||Lord Windermere (8/1)|
|15.20||Champion Chase Odds||Result||Winner:||Sprinter Sacre (1/4F)|
|16.00||Coral Cup Odds||Result||Winner:||Medinas (33/1)|
|16.40||Fred Winter Hurdle Odds||Result||Winner:||Flaxen Flare (25/1)|
|17.15||Champion Bumper Odds||Result||Winner:||Briar Hill (25/1)|
|Thursday, 14th March 2013|
|13.30||Jewson Novice Chase Odds||Result||Winner:||Benefficient (20/1)|
|14.05||Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Odds||Result||Winner:||Holywell (25/1)|
|14.40||Ryanair Chase Odds||Result||Winner:||Cue Card (7/2)|
|15.20||Ladbrokes World Hurdle Odds||Result||Winner:||Solwhit (17/2)|
|16.00||Byrne Plate Handicap Chase Odds||Result||Winner:||Carrickboy (50/1)|
|16.40||Kim Muir Challenge Cup Odds||Result||Winner:||Same Difference (16/1)|
|17.15||Cross Country Chase Odds||Result||Winner:||Big Shu (14/1)|
|Friday, 15th March 2013|
|13.30||Triumph Hurdle Odds||Result||Winner:||Our Conor (4/1F)|
|14.05||County Hurdle Odds||Result||Winner:||Ted Veale (10/1)|
|14.40||Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Odds||Result||Winner:||At Fisher's Cross (11/8F)|
|15.20||Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds||Result||Winner:||Bob's Worth (11/4F)|
|16.00||Foxhunter Challenge Cup Odds||Result||Winner:||Salsify (2/1F)|
|16.40||Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle Odds||Result||Winner:||Salubrious (16/1)|
|17.15||Grand Annual Chase Odds||Result||Winner:||Alderwood (3/1F)|
Please also check out Cheltenham Festival Betting for further betting information on Cheltenham Festival form, Cheltenham results and of course the best Cheltenham Festival tips.
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