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With a history dating back almost two centuries, Cheltenham has become synonymous with world class National Hunt horse racing, and from Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 March 2014, hundreds of thousands of people will descend on the Gloucestershire spa town for the world-famous spectacle of The Festival 2014.
Encompassing the internationally-renowned Cheltenham Gold Cup, the four-day event will see more than 25 races take place, with almost £600 million being bet on some of the world’s finest race horses as they speed around Cheltenham Racecourse’s Old Course, New Course and Cross Country Steeplechase Course.
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Tuesday 11 March 2014
The crowds are sure to roar as the tapes rises for the first race of the week, signalling the moment when racing’s favourite fixture is officially back. Today features the most important hurdle race of the season, the Stan James Champion Hurdle, when Hurricane Fly should be back to defend his crown. Plus, there will be six other cracking races to boot.
This year, organisers will be celebrating champions past and present, with interviews with great sporting heroes, live music and a parade of racing legends all promising to kick off the festival in style.
Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle from 1.30pm.
Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase from 2.05pm.
Baylis and Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase from 2.40pm.
Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy from 3.20pm.
OLBG Mares' Hurdle from 4pm.
Terry Biddlecombe National Hunt Chase from 4.40pm.
Rewards4Racing Novices' Handicap Chase from 5.15pm.
Wednesday 12 March 2014
While members of the fairer sex are sure to love the Ladies Day fashion awards, soaking up the glamour, giggles and a glass of champagne or two, the real action will still be on the track with a seven race card including the anticipated Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase. Organisers say the sight of the best two-mile chasers going head-to-head is, for many, a highlight of the entire festival.
Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle from 1.30pm.
RSA Chase from 2.05pm.
Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle from 2.40pm.
BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase from 3.20pm.
Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase from 4pm.
Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle from 4.40pm.
Weatherbys Champion Bumper Open NH Flat Race from 5.15pm.
Thursday 13 March 2014
Expect a real taste of Ireland in Cheltenham today, as St Patrick’s Day is celebrated a few days early. In-between pints of the black stuff, catch Solwhit’s attempt to win the Ladbrokes World Hurdle for the second year, and don’t miss the Ryanair Chase either, which is set to be another highlight of the day. Expect plenty of craic around the course, fancy dress – including fully decked out leprechauns – live music and Irish entertainment all adding to the festival spirit.
JLT Novices' Steeple Chase from 1.30pm.
Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle from 2.05pm.
Ryanair Chase from 2.40pm.
Ladbrokes World Hurdle from 3.20pm.
Byrne Group Plate Handicap Chase from 4pm.
Fulke Walwyn Him Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase from 4.40pm.
St. Patrick's Derby from 5.15pm.
Friday 14 March 2014
It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for, the climax of the entire jump racing season and one which never fails to disappoint as an annual highlight. In 2013 it was Bobs Worth who crossed the finish line first, pipping legends including Kauto Star, Imperial Commander and Long Run to the post. Plus, there’s six other gripping races to look forward to on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day 2014, including two more Grade 1 events and three fiercely competitive handicaps, making this a day that all racing fans cherish.
JCB Triumph Hurdle from 1.30pm.
Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle from 2.05pm.
Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle from 2.40pm.
Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup from 3.20pm.
CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup from 4pm.
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle from 4.40pm.
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup from 5.15pm.
With plenty of live music, entertainment, dining, shopping and trade stands to enjoy in addition to the races, whether you’re a seasoned racing fan or not – The Festival and Cheltenham Gold Cup 2014 is not to be missed.
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