The Cheltenham Festival is the week all National Hunt fans intend themselves up for.
Four days of top class racing activity where the most elite contend with each other at the mysterious Prestbury Park. From the opening race which features the youthful ability coming through, to the well known Cheltenham Gold Cup, there is something for everybody.
The Cheltenham Festival happens at Cheltenham racecourse from the March 14-17 this year. The Tuesday is Champions Day, Wednesday is Ladies Day, Thursday is St Patrick’s Thursday and Friday is Gold Cup Day.
There are 28 races over the Festival with over £4.1million in prize cash up for snatches. There are seven races every day, including one noteworthy “Title” race.
The four Championship races are:
• Tuesday – Champion Hurdle
• Wednesday – Champion Chase
• Thursday – Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle
• Friday – Gold Cup
The races extend from separations of two miles to four miles, and there are 14 Grade 1 races (the most extreme level of racing). Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh have been benevolent to punters over late years, and numerous Irish fans tail them to the Festival. Ruby Walsh hasn’t been beaten for as long as four years, while Willie Mullins has additionally been the best coach for as long as four years.
Who are the top choices?
Signal Card and Native River (3/1) are the two top choices for the Cheltenham Gold Cup after Thistlecrack was ruled with a damage/ injury. Other fancied runners incorporate Altior who is the 2-7 most loved for the Arkle Chase, Douvan who is a staggering 1-3 for triumph in the Champion Chase, Unowhatimeanharry is the 5-4 most loved for the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle and Death Duty, who is the 9-4 most loved for the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle.
Where would I be able to watch it on TV?
ITV will communicate the Festival on its principle channel for the four days. Sun Bets’ Matt Chapman is the substance of racing, and you can get his selective Cheltenham tips here consistently. Scope begins at 1pm on Tuesday, March 14 with the schedule timing subject to change.
Will I get tickets?
Tickets are beginning to offer out yet there are still some accessible on the off chance that you favour a ripple at the races. Restaurant bundles on Ladies Day, St Patrick’s Thursday and Gold Cup Day can cost up to £800. However, it is conceivable to pack a bargain foresee £35 depending what you need to see.
• Over 250,000 pints of Guinness are relied upon to be plastered at the Festival
• They are expecting a normal participation of 60,000 individuals over the four days
• Around £150million is wagered on the Festival every year