Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival RacesThe Cheltenham Festival is the most important festival of National Hunt racing to be held in the UK. It takes place over four sensational days, Tuesday to Friday, at the Prestbury Park, racecourse, Cheltenham each year in mid-March. During the Cheltenham Festival races of the four days, close to a quarter of a million people, many over from Ireland, will attend the course and around £5,000,000 will be wagered on the outcomes of 26 top quality National Hunt races. Prize Money at the Festival exceeds £3.5m with much of that going on the feature races, that include the premier steeeplechase in the UK, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. It was one of the greatest Festivals in the Horse Racing World.

Featured Races

Cheltenham FestivalThe feature race on the first day is the Champion Hurdle, which is the highest rated 2 mile hurdle race anywhere in Europe. The first day also includes the Arkle Challenge Trophy, which usually identifies the best two mile novice chaser. On Wednesday, the second day, the six races are headed by the Queen Mother Champion Chase, where the winner will be crowned the top two mile chaser in the land. It a fantastic race, and can only be won by a speedy horse with a flawless jumpiung technique and a sound jockey on board of course. Centre stage on Thursday goes to the long distance World Hurdle over three arduous miles and the final day sees, at long last, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, ran over a little more than 3 miles and contested by the best staying steeplchasers in the land. With the exception of the Grand National the Gold Cup is the most popular horse race in the UK.

Race Cards

Below are the race cards for all four days of the Cheltenham Festival

Tuesday 10th March 2009

DAY 1TimeDistanceGrade2008 Winner
Supreme Novices Hurdle1.30 pm2½ MilesGrade 1Captain Cee Bee
Arkle Challenge Trophy2.05 pm2 MilesGrade 1Tidal Bay
William Hill Trophy Chase2.40 pm3 MIlesGrade 3An Accordian
Champion Hurdle3.20 pm2 MIlesGrade 1Katchit
Cross Country Handicap Chase4.00 pm3 M 7FClass 3Garde Champetre
David Nicholsons Mares Hurdle4.40 pm2½ MilesClass 1Whiteoak

Wednesday 11th March 2009

DAY 2TimeDistanceGrade2008 Winner
NH Steeple Chase Challenge Cup1.30 pm4 MilesAmateurOld Benny
B'more Properties Novice Hurdle2.05 pm2m 5fGrade 1Fiveforthree
Royal Sun Alliance Chase2.40 pm3 MIlesGrade 1Albertas Run
Queen Mother Champion Chase3.20 pm2 MIlesGrade 1Master Minded
Coral Cup (Handicap Hurdle)4.00 pm2m 1fClass 3Naiad du Misselot
Fred Winter Juv Handicap Hurdle4.40 pm2 MilesH'capCrack Away Jack
Champion Bumper5.152 MilesFlatCousin Vinny

Thursday 12th March 2009

DAY 3TimeDistanceGrade2008 Winner
Jewsons Novices H'cap Chase1.30 pm2M 5fClass AFinger on the Pulse
Pertemps Fianl H'cap Hurdle2.05 pm3 MilesClass ABallyfitz
Ryanair  Chase2.40 pm2m 5fGrade 1Our Vic
World Hurdle3.20 pm3 MIlesGrade 1Inglis Drever
Racing Post Plate H'cap Chase4.00 pm2m 5fGrade 3Mr McGoldrick
Challenge Cup H'cap Chase4.40 pm3 MilesClass BHigh Chimes

Friday 13th March 2009

DAY 4TimeDistanceGrade2008 Winner
Triumph Hurdle1.30 pm2 MilesGrade 1Celestial Halo
County Hurdle2.05 pm2m 1fGrade 3Silver Jaro
AB Novices Hurdle2.40 pm3 MIlesGrade 2Nenuphar Collonge
Cheltenham Gold Cup3.20 pm3m 2½ fGrade 1Denman
Foxhunters Chase4.00 pm3m 2fClass BAmicelli
Conditionals Hurdle4.40 pm2½ milesCondNEW RACE
Grand Annual Chase5.152 MilesGrade 3Tiger Cry