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.
|Tuesday, 11th March 2014|
|13.30||Supreme Novices' Hurdle||Betting Preview||Odds|
|14.05||Arkle Challenge Trophy||Betting Preview||Odds|
|14.40||Festival Handicap Chase||Betting Preview||Odds|
|15.20||Champion Hurdle||Betting Preview||Odds|
|16.00||David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle||Betting Preview||Odds|
|16.40||National Hunt Challenge Cup||Betting Preview||Odds|
|17.15||Rewards4Racing Novices' Chase||Betting Preview||Odds|
|Wednesday, 12th March 2014|
|13.30||Neptune Novices' Hurdle||Odds|
|16.00||Cross Country Chase||Odds|
|16.40||Fred Winter Hurdle||Odds|
|Thursday, 13th March 2014|
|13.30||JLT Novice Chase||Odds|
|14.05||Pertemps Handicap Hurdle||Odds|
|15.20||Ladbrokes World Hurdle||Odds|
|16.00||Byrne Plate Handicap Chase||Odds|
|16.40||Kim Muir Challenge Cup||Odds|
|Friday, 14th March 2014|
|14.40||Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle||Odds|
|15.20||Cheltenham Gold Cup||Odds|
|16.00||Foxhunter Challenge Cup||Odds|
|16.40||Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle||Odds|
|17.15||Grand Annual Chase||Odds|
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.
The Gold Cup is the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival but there are countless other races for punters to get their teeth into over the week. We have the full betting news for all of them at our comprehensive Cheltenham Festival Micro Site.
Each day of the Festival brings another Grade 1 race with the likes of the Champion Hurdle, the World Hurdle and the Champion Chase on the menu for excitable race fans.
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