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 and the first is the Champion Hurdle on the opening day, with Jezki emerging a 9/1 winner after all of the pre-race talk had been about the clash between Hurricane Fly and The New One in 2014.
Day two's Championship race is the Queen Mother Champion Chase, won in impressive style by the ante-post favourite Sire De Grugy for the Moore family in 2014.
Day three features the World Hurdle, a three mile contest for some of the finest staying hurdlers around. Jonjo O'Neill's unbeaten More Of That beat the strongly fancied bookies' favourite Annie Power in a thriller in 2014.
The final day hosts the meeting's higlight - the Gold Cup, which was won in dramatic fashion by surprise 20/1 shot Lord Windermere in 2014. All of the pre-race talk had been about Bob's Worth and Silviniaco Conti but Lord Windermere took it from On His Own in a photo finish.
The race cards for 2015 will appear here nearer the start of the Festival but in the meantime you can check how the 2014 meeting panned out...
|Tuesday, 11th March 2014|
|13.30||Supreme Novices' Hurdle||1st: Vautour||7/2JF||Result|
|14.05||Arkle Challenge Trophy||1st: Western Warhorse||33/1||Result|
|14.40||Festival Handicap Chase||1st: Holywell||10/1||Result|
|15.20||Champion Hurdle||1st: Jezki||9/1||Result|
|16.00||David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle||1st: Quevega||8/11F||Result|
|16.40||National Hunt Challenge Cup||1st: Midnight Prayer||8/1||Result|
|17.15||Rewards4Racing Novices' Chase||1st: Present View||8/1||Result|
|Wednesday, 12th March 2014|
|13.30||Neptune Novices' Hurdle||1st: Faugheen||6/4F||Result|
|14.05||RSA Chase||1st: O'Faolains Boy||12/1||Result|
|14.40||Coral Cup||1st: Whisper||14/1||Result|
|15.20||Champion Chase||1st: Sire De Grugy||11/4F||Result|
|16.00||Cross Country Chase||1st: Balthazar King||4/1||Result|
|16.40||Fred Winter Hurdle||1st: Hawk High||33/1||Result|
|17.15||Champion Bumper||1st: Silver Concorde||16/1||Result|
|Thursday, 13th March 2014|
|13.30||JLT Novice Chase||1st: Taquin Du Seuil||7/1||Result|
|14.05||Pertemps Handicap Hurdle||1st: Fingal Bay||9/2F||Result|
|14.40||Ryanair Chase||1st: Dynaste||3/1F||Result|
|15.20||Ladbrokes World Hurdle||1st: More Of That||15/2||Result|
|16.00||Byrne Plate Handicap Chase||1st: Ballynagour||12/1||Result|
|16.40||Kim Muir Challenge Cup||1st: Spring Heeled||12/1||Result|
|Friday, 14th March 2014|
|13.30||Triumph Hurdle||1st: Tiger Roll||10/1||Result|
|14.05||County Hurdle||1st: Lac Fontana||11/1||Result|
|14.40||Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle||1st: Very Wood||33/1||Result|
|15.20||Cheltenham Gold Cup||1st: Lord Windermere||20/1||Result|
|16.00||Foxhunter Challenge Cup||1st: Tammys Hill||15/2||Result|
|16.40||Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle||1st: Don Poli||12/1||Result|
|17.15||Grand Annual Chase||1st: Savello||16/1||Result|
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