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Cheltenham Day 4 Tips & Results (Friday)

17 Mar 13:30Triumph HurdleWinner: Defi du Seuil 5/2 Fall odds >
17 Mar 14:10County HurdleWinner: Arctic Fire 20/1all odds >
17 Mar 14:50AB Novices HurdleWinner: Penhill 16/1all odds >
17 Mar 15:30Gold CupWinner: Sizing John 7/1all odds >
17 Mar 16:10Foxhunter ChaseWinner: Pacha Du Polder 16/1all odds >
17 Mar 16:50Conditionals HurdleWinner: Champagne Classic 12/1all odds >
17 Mar 17:30Grand Annual ChaseWinner: Rock The World 10/1all odds >
Very few sporting events each year produce the excitement and anticipation quite like the Cheltenham Festival. Four days of the best jump racing action each March sees leading contenders from Britain and Ireland do battle at the picturesque Prestbury Park.

A total of 14 Grade One races are contested across the four days including four premier championship races named the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Stayers' Hurdle and Gold Cup. It is quite simply the biggest jump racing festival of year and routinely brings tens-of-thousands of passionate racegoers to Gloucestershire for what is regarded by many as the sport’s greatest four days of action.

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2018 Cheltenham Festival tips

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
13 Mar 2018 13:30Supreme Novices’ HurdleCheltenham Racecourse
13 Mar 2018 14:10Arkle Challenge TrophyCheltenham Racecourse
13 Mar 2018 15:30Champion HurdleCheltenham Racecourse
14 Mar 2018 14:10RSA ChaseCheltenham Racecourse
14 Mar 2018 15:30Queen Mother Champion ChaseCheltenham Racecourse
15 Mar 2018 14:50Ryanair ChaseCheltenham Racecourse
15 Mar 2018 15:30Stayers HurdleCheltenham Racecourse
16 Mar 2018 15:30Cheltenham Gold Cup Cheltenham Racecourse

cheltenham gold cup

The gruelling, stamina-sapping test that the Gold Cup represents is a unique assignment for the steeplechaser. A fine balance of good jumping, pace and stamina is a necessity for winning Cheltenham’s premier contest. It is a feat very few have replicated on numerous occasions. Golden Miller won the Gold Cup five times between 1932 and 1936 but only three chasers have strung together such a sequence since in Cottage Rake, Arkle and Best Mate.

The Gold Cup is a race that produces memorable stories of success year on year. In 2015, Coneygree became the first novice chaser in over 40 years to win the contest when leading from starting post to finishing line under jockey Nico De Boinville to win for the smaller training establishment and handler Mark Bradstock.

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Cheltenham's famous winners

The Cheltenham Festival was founded in 1860 when titled the Grand National Hunt meeting and was held at a number of different locations including Cheltenham. Since 1911, the Festival has been hosted at Prestbury Park and the course’s two courses, the Old Course and New Course. 

The Stayers Hurdle, formerly known as the World Hurdle, is Cheltenham’s oldest championship contest after being first run in 1912. The Gold Cup originated in 1924 and was regularly used by trainers as a prep-race for the Grand National. The Champion Hurdle was introduced in 1927 and the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 1959.

Up until 2005, the Cheltenham Festival was contested over three days before being extended to a fourth to allow a championship race to headline each day of action.

cheltenham festival schedule

The opening day of the famous four-day meeting sees four Grade One races contested, starting with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle over two-miles for novice hurdlers. The Supreme is renowned for being the loudest curtain-raiser to any racing festival in Europe. The ‘Cheltenham Roar’ as the runners set off for the week’s first contest is one of deafening noise. It is a great symbol of the passion that dominates the jump racing game and sets the bar for what is renowned for being four days of pulse-raising action.

Headlining Tuesday of the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Hurdle over two-miles for hurdlers aged four and older. In recent years, legendary hurdlers such as See You Then, Dawn Run, Istabraq and Hurricane Fly have all graced the Cheltenham turf on route to securing the Champion Hurdle, making it one of the festival’s most prestigious races. 

Day two showcases the leading two-mile chase division as the Grade One Champion Chase takes to centre-stage. The race has been home to some of the most memorable moments in jump racing history, most notably in 2016 when Sprinter Sacre produced a spine-tingling performance to regain his Champions chase crown. Wednesday at Cheltenham also sees the Grade One Champion Bumper raced for the young horses of the future. Recent victors have featured Cue Card and Champagne Fever who progressed on to enjoy great success over larger obstacles.

The third day of the Cheltenham Festival is allocated to the staying hurdlers and the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle. A Grade One over three-miles for horses aged four and older as the division’s leading contenders from across Britain and Ireland do battle for supremacy. A horse testament to such status is the Paul Nicholls-trained Big Bucks who won the World Hurdle on four occasions from 2009 and 2012, cementing his name amongst the greatest stayer hurdlers of all time.

Assisting the Stayers' Hurdle on a day of tremendous jump racing in the Grade One Ryanair Chase over 2m4f for horses suited more to the intermediate chase distance. Since its introduction in 2005, the Ryanair has seen a number of high-profile horses claims its prize, none more so than Vautour in 2016 who put together a sensational jumping performance to win the Grade One contest by a convincing six-lengths.

Despite the Cheltenham Festival offering three fantastic days of National Hunt action, the week is built up to a mouthwatering final fourth day on Friday where the blue riband Cheltenham Gold Cup is contested over 3m2f. The Grade One chase is widely-regarded as the greatest race of the jump racing campaign and one in which each trainer strives to one day win.

the cheltenham experience

It is history-making events such as this that makes the Cheltenham Festival an unparalleled experience for the horse racing fan. Tens of thousands of National Hunt enthusiasts from both sides of the Irish Sea descend upon Cheltenham each March to experience a piece of the festival’s notorious racing and social atmosphere. 

Cheltenham’s four-day festival stands as a significant period for the bookmaking industry and its members. According to a report in 2014, over £250 million was wagered at the festival as punters become gripped to the pulse-raising build-up that the four-day meeting endures. The introduction of ‘Cheltenham Preview Evenings’ in the 21st century have only added further fuel to the festival’s wild fire as fans gear up for the sport’s biggest week of the year.

The cocktail of British and Irish jump races fans, fiercely-competitive action and an unrivalled sporting atmosphere makes the Cheltenham Festival one of the best yearly events both on and off course.

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