It features the best and the bravest horses and jockeys, nervous and excited trainers and owners, and a wide cast of human characters who come together every year determined to have the time of their lives. For racing's practitioners, Festival glory provides lifelong memories that will never fade and defines careers. Witness the sheer elation of winning connections as they return to the cheers of the crowd and you are seeing dreams fulfilled and years of planning and effort coming to fruition.
The Cheltenham Festival is the greatest show on turf and has seen the greatest jumps horses of all time compete for the most prestigious prizes over four days and 27 fantastic races. With Cheltenham Festival betting markets available months in advance, the Festival is the most eagerly anticipated betting event of the year.
Day One of the Festival, known as Champion Day, is for many Festival goers, the best day of Cheltenham week. The famous Cheltenham roar as the tape goes up on the first race of the Festival, the Supreme Novices' Hurdle is unsurpassed in the racing world. The main race of the day is the Champion Hurdle, a test of speed and stamina for the best hurdlers that UK and Ireland have to offer. Can Hurricane Fly join the likes of Persian War, See You Then and Istabraq by winning a third Champion Hurdle?
Wednesday is Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival and with four Grade 1 races there is some mouthwatering racing on day 2 at Prestbury Park. Won in the past by the likes of Flyinbolt, Crisp, Viking Flagship, Moscow Flyer and Master Minded, the Queen Mother Champion Chase is the 2 mile championship for the best chasers in the land. Can Sprinter Sacre overcome his heart scare to confirm his place among the all-time greats with a second consecutive Champion Chase?
Until 2005 the Cheltenham Festival was held over three days, and the Stayers Hurdle was second fiddle to the Gold Cup on Thursday. When the Festival was expanded to four days, the World Hurdle as it was renamed, became the feature race of the third day of the Festival, now celebrated at St Patrick's day for the massive Irish following that come to Cheltenham every year. Can the legendary Big Buck's move into a league of his own in the staying hurdle division by winning his fifth World Hurdle?
After three scintillating days of action it's Gold Cup day at Cheltenham, with the feature race of the whole Festival highlighting a fantastic day's racing. The Gold Cup is a true test of stamina and class, with the winner joining an illustrious roll of honour including Golden Miller, Dawn Run, Best Mate, Denman, Kauto Star and the greatest of them all, Himself, Arkle. Arkle won the Gold Cup from 1964-66 and has never been surpassed despite the best efforts of some great horses. Will Bobs Worth confirm himself at the best staying chaser around by defending his Gold Cup crown?
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