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Cheltenham Races Preview: What To Expect On Each Day As The Biggest Horse Racing Event Of The Year Hurdles Back Around

One of the most anticipated events in the sporting calendar starts tomorrow as thousands of racegoers travel to Gloucestershire to watch the best horses, jockeys and trainers the sport has to offer.

This festival is one in which legends are made and with 28 races spanning across the four days, we’ll have plenty of coverage here at ParkLife Sport. So, let’s take a look at each day…

Day One – Tuesday March 14 – Champion Day 

With seven races scheduled for each day, the pick of the bunch from day one is the Unibet Champion Hurdle. 

13:30 – The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race

14:10 – The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase

14:50 – The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase

15:30 – The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy

16:10 – The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race

16:50 – The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race 

17:30 – The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup 

Day Two – Wednesday March 15 

On day two, traditionally known as Ladies Day, the course hosts The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase as it’s feature race.

13:30 – The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race

14:10 – The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase

14:50 – The Coral Cup Hurdle 

15:30 – The Betway Queen Mother Champions Steeple Chase

16:10 – The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase

16:50 – The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

17:30 – The Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Day Three – Thursday March 16 – St Patrick’s Thursday 

An Irish racegoer dream as St Patrick’s Day is celebrated on day three with The Ryanair Steeple Chase one to watch.

13:30 – The Turners Novices’ Chase 

14:10 – The Pertemps Network Final 

14:50 – The Ryanair Steeple Chase

15:30 – The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle

16:10 – The Magners Plate

16:50 – The Jack de Bromhead Mares Novices’ Hurdle

17:30 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup 

Day Four – Friday March 17 – Gold Cup Day

The festival reaches its climax on the final day as the biggest race of the event takes place. The winner taking home, as the name suggests, the Gold Cup.

13:30 – The JCB Triumph Hurdle

14:10 – The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle Race

14:50 – The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race

15:30 – The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase

16:10 – The St. James’ Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase

16:50 – The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase

17:30 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

The preparation has already begun for those making the trip to Cheltenham with bars and restaurants scouted out in advance. 

As for the weather, with forecasts of rain, an umbrella may be a suitable option for anyone attending the festival.

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