The Cheltenham Festival 2014 takes place from March 11th to March 14th and is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the racing year. We will endeavour to keep you right up-to-date with all of the latest market movers and Cheltenham Tips.
The National Hunt season revolves around Cheltenham as the top horses are prepared for the championship races. Part of the appeal of jump racing is that the same horses can remain in training for several seasons, unlike many of their flat racing counterparts.
Races such as the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle often feature many familiar names from previous seasons. Last year, Bobs Worth won the Gold Cup and Hurricane Fly won the Champion Hurdle and both horses are on schedule to defend their titles in 2014. If ten-year-old Hurricane Fly wins for the third time, he will be the oldest winner of the race since Sea Pigeon in 1981.
There will be great anticipation as Big Buck’s goes for a fifth World Hurdle whilst Quevega will be attempting to win the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle for a record sixth time in a row. If she does, she will stand alone as the only horse to win six times at the festival. She is currently equal with five-time Gold Cup winner Golden Miller.
There are many factors that have to be taken into account to find a Cheltenham festival winner. We take a detailed view on all of the top trial races throughout the winter, assessing a horse’s ability to act on different types of ground and over varying distances.
Cheltenham Tips are made weeks and sometimes months in advance as horses are prepared for a specific race. Punters are always keen to take on the bookmakers with their ante-post odds and some big prices have already been snapped up.
Many observers felt that Silviniaco Conti was unlucky not to win the Gold Cup 12 months ago and he was available at 10-1 before the season started. Sire De Grugy was as high as 25-1 for the Champion Chase prior to his victory in the Tingle Creek Chase. They have now been cut to 7-2 and 11-4 respectively.
Our coverage began back in October as the leading trainers outlined their plans for the new season. We highlight horses to follow and, just as importantly, those to avoid as the excitement builds towards the festival in March.
All of the leading contenders for the feature races will be profiled on the site and a runner-by-runner guide will be published when the final declarations are made. By following our regular featured articles and blog posts, you can pick up all the Cheltenham Tips that you need to enjoy a profitable Cheltenham 2014.