The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the National Hunt season with four days of top class action. Each day features a championship race with a supporting card that brings together the best horses from Britain and Ireland.
The Cheltenham Races begin with the Supreme Novices Hurdle on Tuesday 11th March when the traditional Cheltenham Roar will send the runners on their way. The highlight of the opening day is the Champion Hurdle in which Hurricane Fly will be trying to defend his title and claim a third victory in the race.
If Hurricane Fly can win again this year, he will be the oldest Champion Hurdle winner since Sea Pigeon triumphed at the age of 11 back in 1981. He is expected to face a strong challenge including My Tent Or Yours and The New One who fought out the finish of the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.
The David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle will have added interest this year with the remarkable Quevega expected to line up in search of a record sixth consecutive victory in the race. In 2013 she equaled the achievement of Golden Miller who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup five times in a row between 1932 and 1936.
The best chasing action on Tuesday, the first day of the Cheltenham Festival 2014 promises to be as thrilling as ever with punters taking on the bookmakers over four days of friendly rivalry. We aim to keep you right up-to-date with the very latest Cheltenham Betting with prices available on all 27 races is the Arkle Challenge Trophy in which the top young novices compete over two miles. Fast, accurate jumping is the key to success in this event and recent winners include future champions Sizing Europe and Sprinter Sacre.
The feature race on Day 2 is the Queen Mother Champion Chase which Sprinter Sacre won in breath-taking style in 2013. Nicky Henderson’s stable star was pulled up with an irregular heartbeat at Kempton in December but the Lambourn trainer hopes to get him back in time to defend his title. The supporting card caters for all types of jump racing from the Cross Country Chase to the closing Champion Bumper.
The staying hurdlers take centre stage on Day 3 for the World Hurdle, one of 12 Grade 1 events staged during the four days. Big Buck’s won this race on four consecutive occasions before injury prevented him from running in 2013. The Ryanair Chase takes place over two and a half miles and Cue Card, an impressive winner last year, will again be among the entries.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the biggest race of the week and takes place on the final day of Cheltenham Festival 2014. Friday’s card opens with the Triumph Hurdle, the championship race for four-year-old hurdlers. Our Conor won by fifteen lengths last year and will be bidding to emulate Katchit who won the Triumph in 2007 and the Champion Hurdle the following season.
Bobs Worth will attempt to retain his crown in the Cheltenham Gold Cup but faces a strong challenger in Silviniaco Conti. The Paul Nicholls-trained gelding was still travelling well when falling three from home last year and has since won the King George VI Chase.
Cheltenham Festival 2014 promises to be as thrilling as ever with punters taking on the bookmakers over four days of friendly rivalry. We aim to keep you right up-to-date with the very latest Cheltenham Betting with prices available on all 27 races. We will also follow the leading contenders and reflect on all of the significant trials to provide you with the best Cheltenham Tips for the greatest jump race meeting in the world.