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HORSE RACING: Everything you need to know about The Cheltenham Festival

When is it on?

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND – MARCH 16: Horses are led from the parade ring for the St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup at Cheltenham Racecourse on Gold Cup Day on March 16, 2018 in Cheltenham, England. Thousands of racegoers have been attending the four-day horse racing festival which ends today. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The Cheltenham Festival is a four-day race meet that runs between Tuesday 12 March and Friday 15th March 2019.

Where can I watch it?

Cheltenham will be broadcast in full on ITV, on each of the four days with shows also previewing and reacting to the day’s events.

Can I still get tickets?

Yes, tickets are still available on for all four days with tickets to Gold Cup Friday likely to sell out first. They are available at multitude of different tiers ranging from £40 to £90.

What are the big races?

Each of the four days has a feature race and they are as follows;

Tuesday- Champion Hurdle

Previous winners include: Buveur D’air, Istabraq, Hurricane Fly

Wednesday- Queen Mother Champion Chase

Previous winners include: Altior, Sprinter Sacre, Master Minded

Thursday- Stayers Hurdle

Previous winners include: Big Buck’s, Thistlecrack, Nichols Canyon

Friday- Magners Gold Cup

Previous winners include: Kauto Star, Best Mate, Desert Orchid

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND – MARCH 16: Richard Johnson hugs Native River after winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase during Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2018 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Horses to follow?

There’s plenty of horses to follow over the course of the week however I have whittled it down to just one each day for beginners.

Tuesday- Fakir D’oudairies (Supreme Novices Hurdle) The 4-year-old looks poised to breakout at Cheltenham having already won over course and distance at Cheltenham earlier this season. Looks a great bet in the Supreme if he decides to go here.

Wednesday- Blue Sari (Champion Bumper) Looked a very talented prospect when bloodlessly winning at Gowran in January and a very exciting prospect.

Thursday- Uradel (Coral Cup) Disappointing run at Punchestown two weeks ago but should go well here and at a larger price looks excellent value in the market.

Friday- Presenting Percy (Magners Gold Cup) Only ran once this season in a stacked hurdle at Gowran. He’s not jumped fences since his RSA victory last year but looks a class above in the Gold Cup market.

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND – MARCH 16: Harriet Tucker riding Pacha Du Polder (C, red)) clear the last to win The ST James Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on Gold Cup Day on March 16, 2018 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Where can I drink?

During Festival week the town of Cheltenham is awash with places to eat and drink. The Brewery Quarter lies on the racecourse side of Cheltenham and has an array of bars and restaurants to cater for every need. Alternatively, in Montpellier up-market restaurants such as Brasserie Blanc and The Ivy are also sure to be very busy.

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