Everything you need to know about the four days of horse racing including the Gold Cup.
The highlight of the National Hunt season is approaching as horse racing fans prepare for four days of action at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival.
The race meeting has a prestigious history, starting in 1860 and then introducing the world famous Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1924.
Many have made their name at the festival, with Golden Miller, Arkle, Best Mate and Kauto Star having become among the biggest in the sport’s history at the event.
The first day of racing is Champions Day, a tribute to past winners and a schedule dominated by the Champion Hurdle – with all eyes on two-time winner Hurricane Fly and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ horse The New One.
Next up is Ladies Day, with the big bets being made on the Queen Mother Champions Chase, which could be blown wide open by the fact favourite Sprinter Sacre remains a doubt.
On Thursday it’s the turn of the Irish, as St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Cheltenham and the World Hurdle looks likely to be a tight race to call, with Big Buck’s and Annie Power among the favourites.
Finally it’s Gold Cup day, which is of course a huge day for betting and boasts the race for the Gold Cup, which is often extremely exciting – as shown by last year’s win by outsider Bob’s Worth (who will be a much fancied runner in 2014 along with Long Run).