The Cheltenham Festival is the pinnacle of British racing and with its unique atmosphere and action-packed race cards the four-day showpiece is considered to be one the most exhilarating sporting occasions of the year.
The combination of massive crowds and sensational entertainment provides fans of the sport with the ultimate racing cocktail and Prestbury Park is the perfect backdrop for the most enthralling week of the season.
Fans of the sport travel from far and wide to be there to witness the action first hand and the greatest horses from either side of the Irish Sea descend on the stunning course to prove they are ready to join some of the most famous jump horses of all time on the Festival roll of honour.
Each year the course can expect to welcome over 220,000 racegoers from all over the world who head to the meeting safe in the knowledge that the action is sure to be as explosive as it is thoroughly intriguing. Those who do make the trip will never regret it and the magnificence of the Festival is as splendid as the breathtaking Cotswold Hills that play host to the best horses, jockeys and trainers in the business.
The four-day extravaganza is the finest show in racing and victory at the meeting is often how greatness is measured in the ‘sport of kings.’ The elation experienced by connections of a horse that manages to find its way into the winner’s enclosure is there for all to see and there is no greater place to taste victory.
While connections are thrilled with a victory, punters are delighted with a winner and with it believed that more than £500 million will be gambled throughout the week, most of racing’s shrewdest punters use the Cheltenham Festival to pulverise the bookmakers and land some of their biggest gambles of the year.
For many it has nothing to do with the gambling, but rather the horses themselves and Kauto Star, Denman, Best Mate and Desert Orchid have all sealed their reputations at Prestbury Park. The list of greats added to the roll of honour continues to grow with every incredible Festival that takes place and a superstar always emerges from the week’s action.
Schedule for the 2017 Cheltenham Festival
Tuesday 14th March race card
14.40 The Festival Handicap Chase
16.00 Dave Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle
16.40 National Hunt Chase
17.15 Novices’ Handicap Chase
Wednesday 15th March race card
13.30 Neptune Novices Hurdle
14.40 Coral Cup
16.00 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
16.40 Fred Winter Hurdle
17.15 Champion Bumper
Thursday 16th March race card
13.30 JLT Novices Chase
14.05 Pertemps Handicap Hurdle
16.00 Byrne Plate Handicap Chase
16.40 Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Friday 17th March race card
13:30 Triumph Hurdle
14.05 County Hurdle
14.40 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
16.00 Foxhunter Challenge Cup
16.40 Conditional Jockey's Hurdle
17.15 Grand Annual Chase