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Horse racing fixtures - Racing diary for 13-19 March fixtures, including the Cheltenham Festival

Brian Healy 12 Mar 2017
The Cheltenham Festival dominates this week's fixture list.

Find out every horse racing meeting taking place over the next seven days during Cheltenham Festival week.


The greates week in the horse racing calendar arrives, and over the course of the next seven days there is plenty to look forward to with four days’ top-class horse racing action at the Cheltenham Festival.

All eyes will be on Prestbury Park from Tuesday as the cream of the National Hunt world descends on the Cotswolds to do battle over twenty eight top-class contests, largely rendering the rest of the week almost insignificant in the grander scheme.

MONDAY 13 MARCH


Cheltenham Festival week kicks off with a four-fixture schedule that takes in four meetings across the UK, and there is jumps racing action at Chepstow, Plumpton and Stratford; while on the all-weather there is a fixture on the polytrack from Chelmsford.

Plumpton (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Stratford (jumps) – 2.10 – 4.50pm (6 races)
Chepstow (jumps) – 2.20 – 5.30pm (7 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 5.50 – 8.20pm (6 races)


Stratford's Monday meeting is one of four as Cheltenham week kicks off.

TUESDAY 14 MARCH


Tuesday sees the first of four days’ top-class horse racing action get underway at the Cheltenham Festival, and there are four Grade One contests going to post on the afternoon spearheaded by the Champion Hurdle.

While Cheltenham will bear most of the day’s focus, there is further jumps racing action taking place at Sedgefield; while on the all-weather there are fixtures going to post in the afternoon at Southwell, and at Wolverhampton in the evening.

Southwell (flat, aw) – 1.10 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Sedgefield (jumps) – 1.20 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Cheltenham (jumps) – 1.30 – 5.30pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 8.45pm (7 races)

WEDNESDAY 15 MARCH


The Cheltenham Festival continues into day two, and the Champion Chase headlines a racecard at Prestbury Park that also features the RSA Novices’ Chase and the Neptune Hurdle as well as the Champion Bumper on another day of multiple Grade One action at the ‘greatest show on turf’.

Elsewhere, Huntingdon are also racing over the sticks; while on the all-weather there are fixtures on the Southwell fibresand in the afternoon, and also on the tapeta at Wolverhampton in the evening.

Southwell (flat, aw) – 1.20 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Cheltenham (jumps) – 1.30 – 5.30pm (7 races)
Huntingdon (jumps) – 1.45 – 5.40pm (7 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 5.50 – 8.50pm (7 races)


Huntingdon are racing on Wednesday.

THURSDAY 16 MARCH


It is day three of the Cheltenham Festival, and the day’s feature at Prestbury Park is the Stayers’ Hurdle; while the JLT Novices’ Chase and Ryanair Chase provide further Grade One action on another cracking day at Prestbury Park.

Towcester (jumps) – 1.20 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Cheltenham (jumps) – 1.30 – 5.30pm (7 races)
Hexham (jumps) – 1.45 – 5.40pm (7 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) – 5.30 – 9.00pm (8 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 8.45pm (7 races)

FRIDAY 17 MARCH


Cheltenham enters its’ fourth and final day, and the Gold Cup spearheads a cracking last day that also takes in further Grade One action with the likes of the Triumph Hurdle and Albert Bartlett Hurdle.

Elsewhere, there is further jumps racing from Fakenham, as well as from Ireland where both Down Royal and Wexford host racecards over the sticks.

Meanwhile, the day’s all-weather action comes from Lingfield in the afternoon, and from Wolverhampton in the evening.

Lingfield (flat, aw) – 1.10 – 4.25pm (6 races)
Cheltenham (jumps) – 1.30 – 5.30pm (7 races)
Down Royal (jumps) – 1.50 – 5.35pm (7 races)
Fakenham (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.15pm (6 races)
Wexford (jumps) – 2.20 – 5.55pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 8.15pm (6 races)


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SATURDAY 18 MARCH


The Cheltenham Festival dust is already beginning to settle, and thoughts will be turning to the 2018 renewal; but Saturday sees further high-class action with the Midlands Grand National the highlight of the afternoon’s racing at Uttoxeter.

Elsewhere, further jumps racing action comes from the cards at Fontwell, Kempton and Newcastle, as well as from Limerick in Ireland.

Meanwhile, the day’s all-weather action comes from Wolverhampton where there is a meeting on their tapeta surface.

Kempton (jumps) – 1.30 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Fontwell (jumps) – 1.40 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Uttoxeter (jumps) – 1.50 – 5.50pm (8 races)
Newcastle (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.30pm (7 races)
Limerick (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.35pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 8.15pm (6 races)

SUNDAY 19 MARCH

Sunday’s fixture list to round off Cheltenham week sees four meetings going to post, with jumps racing from Carlisle and Ffos Las, as well as from Navan and Limerick in Ireland.

Limerick (jumps) – 1.50 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Ffos Las (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Navan (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Carlisle (jumps) – 2.15 – 5.00pm (6 races)


Carlisle's Sunday fixture draws the week to a close.



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