The Cheltenham International meeting is the third of five top class meeting which is held at Prestbury Park Racecourse every December. It is a two day festival which hosts seven races each day. As usual there will be a comprehensive range of Cheltenham Free Bets.
The feature race of the two days is the Grade 2 International Hurdle over 2m1f, which is the penultimate race of the meeting, but more importantly is a very important trial for the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March. The race was won in 2010 by Menorah, who also won the Greatwood Hurdle and was also the 2010 Supreme Novice Champion. Also on the second day is the Atlantic 4 Gold Cup over 2m5f, he Grade Two Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle over three miles for novice staying hurdlers and to finish off proceedings the Grade 2 Relkeel Hurdle..
The first day of the meeting is usually a great horse racing betting day which features the second Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase of the year which takes place on the cross country course and covers a distance of 3m7f. There is also the Grade 3 Majormo Hospitality Chase over 3m1f, plus a couple of very good handicap hurdle races, which should attract plenty of those heading for the Festival in March.
Below is the list of two day Cheltenham International race cards which take place from Friday 14th December to Saturday 15th December 2012.
Friday 14th December 2012
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|12.15||Schloer Novices' Chase||Super Duty 9/4|
|12.45||Caspian Caviar H'Cap Hurdle||Plein Pouvoir 12/1|
|13.20||CF Roberts Electrical H'cap Hurdle||Dark Lover 9/2F|
|13.55||Majordomo Handicap Chase||Master Overseer 11/1|
|14.30||Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase||Outlaw Pete 7/2|
|15.05||Citipost Handicap Hurdle||At Fishers Cross 11/4F|
|15.40||EBF NH Hunt Novices Hurdle||Melodic Redevous 4/1|
Saturday 15th December 2012
|12.10||JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial||Far West 2/9F|
|12.45||Ryman Stationary Novices Chase||Highland Lodge 2/1|
|13.20||Jenny Mould Memorial Handicap Chase||Shooters Wood 11/4J|
|13.55||Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle||Coneygree 11/10F|
|14.30||December Gold Cup Chase||Unioniste 15/2|
|15.05||International Hurdle||Zarkandar 6/5F|
|15.40||Relkeel Hurdle||Oscar Whisky 1/5F|
The biggest and most important festival that takes place at The number of runners for of the year, whose aim is to produce the champion National Hunt horses of the year in all categories of racing. It takes place over 4 days usually in the middle of March
The 'Blue Riband'race of course is the Cheltenham Gold Cup which takes place on the fourth and final day, while the race to decide the Champion Hurdler is always scheduled for the first day.
The Festival usually attracts a crowd of somewhere between 35,000 and 50,000 per day, many of which are over an their annual pilgramage from Ireland. The presence of so many from aqcross the water has made the Cheltenham Festival one of the most atmospheric of all sporting events in the country.
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