For over 150 years, Prestbury Park has seen the best hurdlers and chasers through its gates in the middle week of March. All the greatest names in the history of the sport have featured and enjoyed success. The Prestbury Park turf is the ultimate proving ground if you wan to become a superstar in the hall of fame.

Whether you are a National Hunt racing fanatic, or a racing beginner, a day spent at the Cheltenham Festival would be an occasion you wouldn’t forget in a hurry.

With Cheltenham Festival starting this week we take a look at what’s ahead.

 

When is Cheltenham Festival?
The festival which takes place at Prestbury Park begins with Champion Day on Tuesday 13th March and will conclude on Friday with Gold Cup Day.

How many Courses are there?
There are three courses Cheltenham racecourse- the old course, the new course, and the Cross-Country course.
The old course will host all of the action (bar the Cross-Country race) on the Tuesday and Wednesday of the Festival.

 

 

What are the main races?

The four main championship races headline each of the four days. Tuesday, known as Champion Day, includes the Champion Hurdle. Wednesday, Ladies’ Day, the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Thursday is known as St Patrick’s Thursday, and hosts the Stayers’ Hurdle. Gold Cup day features the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the biggest prize in jumps racing.

Who to look out for?
Sizing John has been ruled out with injury from seeking back-to-back Gold Cup victories after winning in 2017. Might Bite, trained by Nicky Henderson could be an early favourite to win this years infamous prize.  However, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a long odds horse win and Definitely Red could fit that bill.

 

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