When: March 13-16, 2018
Where: Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
The Cheltenham Festival is a big deal that revolves around St. Patrick's Day and is a big deal with the Irish contingent in the U.K. It's one of the richest weeks of the year in National Hunt racing, as there are a total of 28 races spread over the four days, making it basically double the size of the Breeders' Cup.
The ponies in the field run in all sorts of races of all sorts of competitions, ranging from the ungraded 3 mile and 7 furlong Cross Country Chase to the showcase of the entire event, the Grade 1 Cheltenham Gold Cup, a 3 mile and 2 1/2 furlong fence racing in which all of the top horses have to hop over a slew of hurdles to get to the finish line.
The Cheltenham Festival will run from March 13-16, with the Cheltenham Gold Cup taking place on Friday 16, 2018 at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. This three mile and two furlong Grade One is known for being the most valuable non-handicap National Hunt event held.
Other highlights include Tuesday's Champion Hurdle, Wednesday's Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Stayers' Hurdle on Thursday.
Grade 1 - Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Hurdles, 2 miles and 1/2 furlong)
Grade 1 - Arkle Challenge Trophy (Fences, 2 miles)
Grade 3 – Festival Trophy Handicap Chase (Fences, 3 miles and 1/2 furlong)
Grade 1 – Champion Hurdle (Hurdles, 2 miles and 1/2 furlong)
Grade 1 – David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle (Hurdles, 2 miles and 4 furlongs)
Listed – National Hunt Challenge Cup (Fences, 4 miles)
Listed – Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase (2 miles and 4 1/2 furlongs)
The opening day of the Cheltenham Festival isn't one of the greatest, but the race of the day comes right at the very beginning, the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. There are four Grade 1 races on the day, including one of the top hurdle races, the Arkle Challenge Trophy.
Grade 1 – Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle (Hurdles, 2 miles and 5 furlongs)
Grade 1 – RSA Chase (Fences, 3 miles and 1/2 furlong)
Grade 1 – Queen Mother Champion Chase (Fences, 2 miles)
Grade 3 – Coral Cup (Hurdles, 2 miles and 5 furlongs)
Ungraded – Cross Country Chase (Cross Country, 3 miles and 7 furlongs)
Grade 3 – Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Hurdles, 2 miles and 1/2 furlong)
Grade 1 – Champion Bumper (National Hunt Flat, 2 miles and 1/2 furlongs)
The Champion Bumper is one of the top events of the Cheltenham Festival due to the fact that it's the one and only National Hunt Flat race in the four days. This is generally a ridiculously unpredictable race that will surely end up with one of the bigger payouts of the four-day stretch.
Grade 1 – Golden Miller Novices' Chase (Fences, 2 miles and 4 furlongs)
Listed – Pertemps Final (Hurdles, 3 miles)
Grade 1 – Festival Trophy (Fences, 2 miles and 5 furlongs)
Grade 1 – Stayers' Hurdle (Hurdles, 3 miles)
Grade 3 – Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup (Fences, 2 miles and 5 furlongs)
Ungraded – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (Fences, 3 miles and 1 1/2 furlongs)
Grade 2 – Dawn Run Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Hurdles, 2 miles and 1 furlong)
Three Grade 1 races litter the third day of racing at the Cheltenham Festival, including the Stayers' Hurdle, one of the top hurdle races in the entire world.
Grade 1 – Triumph Hurdle (Hurdles, 2 miles and 1 furlong)
Grade 3 – County Handicap Hurdle (Hurdles, 2 miles and 1 furlong)
Grade 1 – Spa Novices' Hurdle (Hurdles, 3 miles)
Grade 1 – Cheltenham Gold Cup (Fences, 3 miles and 2 1/2 furlongs)
Ungraded – Foxhunter Chase (Fences, 3 miles and 2 1/2 furlongs)
Ungraded – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (Hurdles, 2 miles and 4 1/2 furlongs)
Grade 3 – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (Fences, 2 miles and 1/2 furlong)
Everything boils down to this on Friday. Even though the last three races of the Cheltenham Festival aren't all that notable, the one right in the middle of the day is the coup de grace of the event, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. This is the fence race that all of the top horses will be joining, and he who wins this one will be looked upon as one of the top steeplechase ponies in the world.
It's the biggest week of the year for National Hunt racing fans in Europe, and fans from all across the continent will flock to Cheltenham Racecourse on an unrivaled path of excitement in this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. Think of this as England's answer to the Breeders' Cup, though all of this racing involves steeplechase and hurdle racing instead of the traditional grass and dirt racing that comes with thoroughbreds.
The 28 races that make up the Cheltenham Festival are the most hotly contested of the entire racing calendar, with around 500 horses competing for over £6.12 million of win and place prize money which compete only with the Grand National in terms of prestige in the jump racing calendar.
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