The racing world will have its eyes fixed on Prestbury Park this week for the Cheltenham Festival.
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The event is the second-richest on the United Kingdom racing calendar, second only to the Grand National and has gone from strength to strength since making the change to a four-day festival.
It ensures that a championship event is held on each day, with top-class racing leading into the Gold Cup on Friday.
DAY 1 SCHEDULE
13:30 – Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
14:05 – Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy
14:40 – Ultime Business Solutions Handicap Chase
15:20 – Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
16:00 – OLBG Mares’ Hurdle
16:40 – Toby Balding National Hunt Chase
17:15 – CHAPS Restaurant Barbados Novices’ Handicap Chase
HIGHLIGHT: Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
The feature event of the day, Faugheen looks the horse to beat but two-time winner Hurricane Fly will certainly mount a challenge.
DAY 2 SCHEDULE
13:30 – Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle
14:05 – RSA Chase
14:40 – Coral Cup
15:20 – Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
16:00 – Glenfarclas Handicap Chase
16:40 – Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
17:15 – Weatherbys Champion Bumper
HIGHLIGHT: RSA Chase
The three-mile race has traditionally been won by Irish horses and this event looks no different with Don Poli expected to take this one out.
You can’t count out local Kings Palace however, and it would come as no surprise if the Irish dominance was broken.
DAY 3 SCHEDULE
13:30 – JLT Novices’ Chase
14:05 – Pertemps Networks Final
14:40 – Ryanair Chase
15:20 – Ladbrokes World Hurdle
16:00 – Browne Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate
16:40 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase
HIGHLIGHT: Ladbrokes World Hurdle
A true test of stamina, the three mile event is expected to be won by Saphir Du Rheu, but anything can happen in this one.
Keep an eye out for Zarkandar. A big chance here.
DAY 4 SCHEDULE
13:30 – JCB Triumph Hurdle
14:05 – Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle
14:40 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
15:20 – Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup
16:00 – St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
16:40 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
17:15 – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Chase
HIGHLIGHT: Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup
The highlight of the whole event, the eyes of the racing world will be transfixed on the Gold Cup.
Lord Windermere is back to defend the Gold Cup crown, but will face a stiff challenge in Road To Riches and