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2015 Cheltenham Festival - 10th to 13th March

A sparkling four days of National Hunt racing will take place between March 10 and March 13 as the Cheltenham Festival kicks off and the opening day feature will see the unbeaten Faugheen face his toughest career test when he takes on the classy triumvirate of Hurricane Fly, Jezki and The New One in the Champion Hurdle.

Day two of the meeting will Sprinter Sacre aim to recapture his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown, but the Nicky Henderson-trained star will have to get the better of the reigning champion Sire De Grugy, who heads into the contest in fine form having won at Chepstow last time out.

The Ladbrokes World Hurdle is the feature race on Thursday afternoon and Paul Nicholls will saddle a prominent duo in the shape of Zarkandar and Saphir Du Rheu, but there's a whole host of notable stayers going for glory in what should be a competitive event.

Nicholls will then bid for Cheltenham Gold Cup glory on the final day as he unleashes emphatic King George VI Chase winner Silviniaco Conti, who will face an army of classy rivals including last year's winner Lord Windermere and the likes of fellow Irish runner Road To Riches and Carlingford Lough.

Cheltenham Festival Race Schedule

Tuesday

13:30 Supreme Novices' Hurdle

14:05 Arkle Challenge Trophy

14:40 Festival Handicap Chase

15:20 Champion Hurdle

16:05 David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle

16:40 National Hunt Chase

17:15 Centenary Novices' Handicap Chase

Wednesday

13:30 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle

14:05 RSA Chase

14:40 Coral Cup

15:20 Queen Mother Champion Chase

16:00 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase

16:40 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

17:15 Champion Bumper

Thursday

13:30 JLT Novices' Chase

14:05 Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle

14:40 Ryanair Chase

15:20 World Hurdle

16:00 Byrne Group Plate

16:40 Kim Muir Challenge Cup

Friday

13:30 Triumph Hurdle

14:05 Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle

14:40 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle

15:20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup

16:00 Foxhunters' Chase

16;40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle

17:15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase

Cheltenham Festival History

The Cheltenham Festival is quite simply the highlight of the National Hunt calendar in the UK and Ireland as all the best horses come together every March for four days of the very highest quality racing.

The races at Cheltenham are in essence the Championship races for the season with all the different classes get their moment in the sun.� The stands at Cheltenham are absolutely packed for the Festival and it is without doubt the pinnacle of jump racing. It is the one chance during the season that all the best national hunt horses from the UK and Ireland meet head-to-head, and it is a true test for the horses meaning that we always get the right winner.

In all there are 27 races during the Cheltenham Festival from Tuesday through to Friday with one championship feature race each day supported by a number of other top class races throughout each afternoon.

The Championship races are the Champion Hurdle over two miles on Tuesday, the Queen Mother Champion Chase over two miles on Wednesday, the World Hurdle over three miles on Thursday and of course the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday afternoon.

The Gold Cup is the highlight of the entire week and is the blue riband event of the Cheltenham Festival as it features the very best chasers in the country and a win here will see their name written in history.

One of the big battles during the Cheltenham festival is the UK v Ireland clash as both nations look to out-do the other with the number of winners, in fact this itself can prove to be a big betting market as punters look to cash in.

The entire meeting is a huge betting event and really can make-or-break a season for punters and bookmakers alike, the main races are the subject of the big bucks but others renewals like the RSA Chase and the Supreme Novices' Hurdle also popular with Cheltenham punters.

There are races at the Cheltenham Festival for each class from the Novice Hurdles to the 4 mile chasers in the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup, while there is even the Champion Bumper for those young horses who will be going over the hurdles as a novice the following season.


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