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RACE-BY-RACE FESTIVAL GUIDE

Check out our betting guide to EVERY race at the Cheltenham Festival with tips from our experts Alan Thomson and the Voice of Value.

Thursday 18 March

1.20 Marsh Novices’ Chase

1.55 Pertemps Network Final

2.30 Ryanair Steeple Chase

3.05 Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle

3.40 Paddy Power Plate

4.15 Mares Novices’ Hurdle

4.50 Kim Muir Challenge Cup

Friday 19 March

1.20 JCB Triumph Hurdle

1.55 County Handicap Hurdle

2.30 The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

3.05 Cheltenham Gold Cup

3.40 Open Hunters' Steeple Chase

4.15 Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Steeple Chase

4.50 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

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FESTIVAL RACECARDS

Our quick-guide race cards…

1.20 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)

Tuesday 16 March  |  Age: 4yo+  |  Prize: £125,000

The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is traditionally the curtain-raiser the Cheltenham Festival. Open to horses aged four years or older who are novices (meaning they hadn’t won a race over hurdles prior to that season), the Supreme Novices' Hurdle is run on the Old Course over a distance of about two miles and half a furlong (2 miles and 87 yards).

Distance: 2m 87y
Type: Hurdle
Class: 1
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
1
Appreciate It
112-111

3
Blue Lord
123

2
Ballyadam
31-1142

7
Metier
111

8
Soaring Glory
2-12F31

4
For Pleasure
111410

6
Irascible
5/125

5
Grumpy Charley
9-25111

1.55 Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase (Grade 1)

Tuesday 16 March | Age: 5yo+ | Prize: £175,000

The Arkle Challenge Trophy – sometimes known as just the ‘Arkle’ – is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase raced over 2 miles which pays tribute to Arkle, a three-time winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the mid-1960s.

Distance: 1m 7f 199y
Type: Chase
Class: 1
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
6
Shishkin
111-111

1
Allmankind
13-3111

5
Numitor
5-43113

2
Captain Guinness
2B-P12F

3
Eldorado Allen
30-1142

4
Franco De Port
72P-112

2.50 Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

Tuesday 16 March  |  Age: 5yo+  |  Prize: £110,000

The Ultima (Festival Trophy) Handicap Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase handicap and is one of the big betting races on Day One of the meeting. Open to horses aged five years or older, the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase is run on the Old Courseover a distance of about three miles and one furlong (3 miles 1 furlong).

Distance: 3m 1f
Type: Chase
Class: 1
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
6
Happygolucky
334-121

13
The Wolf
7-21543

7
Alnadam
41-2181

14
Nietzsche
U27-333

15
Soupy Soups
P-561P0

2
Aye Right
5-23262

12
One For The Team
1-3U255

8
Delire D'Estruval
1/7231-P

1
Cepage
617-P14

3
Pym
11PP-15

16
Fingerontheswitch
12P-498

10
Discordantly
4-149UF

5
Milan Native
21-12P0

4
Ok Corral
11P/091-

11
Admiral's Secret
2211-13

9
Vintage Clouds
158-753

3.30 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)

Tuesday 16 March  |  Age: 4yo+  |  Prize: £470,250

The Champion Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race and is the feature race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival, which is also known as Champion Day. Open to horses aged four years or older, the Champion Hurdle is run on the Old Course over a distance of about two miles and half a furlong (2 miles and 87 yards).

Distance: 2m 87y
Type: Hurdle
Class: 1
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
10
Honeysuckle
1111-11

9
Epatante
9/111-12

5
Not So Sleepy
110P-R1

3
Goshen
111U-01

7
Sharjah
4162-13

6
Saldier
31F/1-66

1
Abacadabras
12-2152

8
Silver Streak
26-1C21

4
James Du Berlais
121212

2
Aspire Tower
11F2-12

3.40 – Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle (Grade 1)

Tuesday 16 March  |  Age: 4yo+  |  Prize: £120,000

The Mares’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race which is open to mares aged four years or older. First run in 2008, it is one of the newer races at the Festival and is run on the New Course.

Distance: 2m 3f 200y
Type: Hurdle
Class: 1
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
2
Concertista
4331-11

9
My Sister Sarah
FB-2214

10
Roksana
524-131

7
Indefatigable
2311-36

1
Black Tears
122-331

8
Minella Melody
110-222

6
Great White Shark
3083-17

5
Floressa
129-142

11
Whitehotchillifili
16-521P

3
Dame De Compagnie
1/511-1U

4
Dolcita
2/132-23

4:50 – Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

Tuesday 16 March  |  Age: 4yo+  |  Prize: £80,000

The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is a Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle, open to horses aged four years only and run over a distance of about 2 miles and half a furlong.

Distance: 2m 87y
Type: Hurdle
Class: 1
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
18
Tinnahalla
421

10
Hell Red
2-1P3

4
Cabot Cliffs
13411

17
Sage Advice
123

19
Burgundy Man
2P8

22
Elham Valley
143

14
Soldier On Parade
211168

11
Glorious Zoff
123

16
Her Indoors
221

6
Busselton
123

7
Riviere D'etel
213

13
Houx Gris
12313

24
Can't Stop Now
3P1F

3
Saint Sam
911242

15
Coltor
241

1
Nassalam
21122

9
Longclaw
1114

21
Jeff Kidder
2217

8
Balko Saint
2231

2
Youmdor
1F4

12
Zoffanien
363321

23
Curious Bride
21P

5
Druid's Altar
13621

20
Homme Public
2221

4.50 – National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys' Novices' Chase (Grade 2)

Tuesday 16 March  |  Age: 5yo+  |  Prize: £125,000

The National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase is the second-oldest race at the Cheltenham Festival, but has actually been run the most number of times because the Grand Annual Handicap wasn’t run for a large period of the late 19th century.

Distance: 3m 5f 201y
Type: Chase
Class: 1
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
8
Next Destination
131/211

11
Soldier Of Love
11112P

3
Galvin
22-1111

6
Macgiloney
5P39U1

9
Ofalltheginjoints
444-314

12
The Mighty Don
0-132P0

10
Remastered
P33-111

13
Snow Leopardess
92-3212

5
Lord Royal
2/12-F52

2
Escaria Ten
110-512

4
Lithic
6-3243R

7
Nestor Park
P4-2522

1
Eden Du Houx
4-044P5

1.20 The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

Wednesday 17 March  |  Age: 4yo+  |  Prize: £125,000

The Ballymore Novices Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race, open to horses four years and older who are novices (meaning they hadn’t won a race over hurdles prior to that season), the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle is run on the Old Course over a distance of about two miles and five furlongs (2 miles 5 furlongs and 26 yards).

Distance: 2m 5f
Type: Hurdle
Class: 1
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
5
Gaillard Du Mesnil
222-211

3
Bravemansgame
36-2111

6
Keskonrisk
1-13

1
Bear Ghylls
1-111

4
Does He Know
2-111R8

2
Bob Olinger
11-211

7
Optimise Prime
8113

1.55 The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

Wednesday 17 March  |  Age: 5yo+  |  Prize: £175,000

The Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase (formerly the RSA Chase) is a Grade 1 chase held over just over three miles (3 miles and 80 yards). The race is open to novice chasers aged five and up, and during the race 19 fences are jumped by those taking part.

Distance: 3m 80y
Type: Chase
Class: 1
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
2
Eklat de Rire
121-11

4
Monkfish
111-111

6
The Big Breakaway
114-122

3
Fiddlerontheroof
0-21222

5
Sporting John
1117-31

1
Dickie Diver
1214/2

2.50 The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Grade 3)

Wednesday 17 March  |  Age: 4yo+  |  Prize: £100,000

The Coral Cup is a Grade 3 handicap hurdle race, open to horses aged four and older. The race is run over a distance of just over two miles and five furlongs (2 miles, 5 furlongs and 26 yards).

Distance: 2m 5f
Type: Hurdle
Class: 1
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
16
Blue Sari
12/14P-P

28
Encore Champs
2617P-5

8
Saint Sonnet
317-FPP

27
Breffniboy
111124

2
Grand Roi
411-312

26
Witness Protection
342-121

12
Craigneiche
131-1

9
Botox Has
21-1406

10
Tea Clipper
112-155

5
Monte Cristo
2141-81

6
Birchdale
P/38-U63

25
Dans Le Vent
0/U2-144

7
Sayo
00-8187

15
Heaven Help Us
175441

4
Janika
14442-9

20
Shakem Up'arry
20-1428

17
Dysart Diamond
3-11410

19
Palmers Hill
431/2-40

1
Thomas Darby
2313-33

11
Burbank
518P-13

23
Guard Your Dreams
2-14116

3
Koshari
1F02/16

21
Our Power
31-634P

22
Shang Tang
31FP51

18
Sneaky Getaway
13-115P

13
Boreham Bill
0-34331

14
Garo De Juilley
821F31

24
Nelson River
4/559-47

3.30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

Wednesday 17 March  |  Age: 5yo+  |  Prize: £400,000

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the feature race on Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival,  and is a Grade 1 chase run officially over almost two miles (1 mile, 7 furlongs and 199 yards).

Distance: 1m 7f 199y
Type: Chase
Class: 1
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
1
Chacun Pour Soi
121-111

7
Politologue
2/251-12

10
Put The Kettle On
1211-13

9
Sceau Royal
1124F1

5
Notebook
116-123

6
Nube Negra
6/1122-1

4
Greaneteen
114-123

2
Cilaos Emery
1F14-21

8
Rouge Vif
213-134

3
First Flow
111-111

3.40 – The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase

Wednesday 16 March  |  Age: 5yo+  |  Prize: £65,000

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase in a National Hunt Chase, open to horses who are aged five years and older and run over a distance of about of three miles and six furlongs.

Distance: 3m 6f 37y
Type: Chase
Class: 2
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
5
Easysland
11111-4

1
Alpha Des Obeaux
3-595PP

13
Tiger Roll
11/52-P6

9
Le Breuil
50-4334

14
Vivas
50-2P5P

4
Defi Des Carres
51F-62P

11
Potters Corner
011-37P

8
Kingswell Theatre
6P5P-17

7
Kings Temptation
111P65

2
Artic Pearl
1/U44-05

3
Balko Des Flos
44-4764

6
Hogan's Height
11/715-P

10
Out Sam
P-F54F8

12
Some Neck
PF-6310

4:50 – The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3)

Wednesday 16 March  |  Age: 5yo+  |  Prize: £110,000

The Grand Annual Chase is a Grade 3 race that traditionally took place on the last day of the Cheltenham Festival bu has now been moved to the Wednesday.

Distance: 1m 7f 199y
Type: Chase
Class: 1
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
13
Entoucas
3-22244

16
Not That Fuisse
2-13421

18
Theinval
FP5-577

7
Us And Them
83-08F7

14
On The Slopes
311-553

17
Western Miller
682F69

4
Ibleo
12-2211

19
Capuccimix
15-8677

8
Moonlighter
42-2F51

5
Sky Pirate
2-25112

12
Zanza
60-421F

15
Ashutor
121132

3
Chosen Mate
1-04P60

1
Duc Des Genievres
2F5-237

9
Glen Forsa
UP/3-F74

10
Amoola Gold
25-1122

6
Bun Doran
1F3-75P

11
Embittered
63-2244

20
Or Jaune De Somoza
5-F6756

2
Sizing Pottsie
F-521F5

4.50 – The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1)

Wednesday 17 March  |  Age: 4-6yo  |  Prize: £750,000

The Champion Bumper is a Grade 1 National Hunt Flat race which is run over a distance of about two miles and half a furlong (2 miles and 87 yards). Open to horses aged between four and six years old, the Champion Bumper was established in 1992 and is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham. It was initially called the Festival Bumper, and had various sponsors in the early years, including Tote and Guinness. However, Weatherbys have been sponsoring the race since 1997 and it is now widely known as the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.

Distance: 2m 87y
Type: National Hunt Flat
Class: 1
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
9
Sir Gerhard
1-11

13
Grangee
131

6
Kilcruit
2-11

12
Elle Est Belle
11

2
Cool Jet
41

15
Super Six
11

10
Three Stripe Life
1

5
Jack's A Legend
3-74

7
Ramillies
1/4-15

14
I Like To Move It
112

1
Chemical Energy
114

4
Fine Casting
521

8
Shearer
21

11
Wonderwall
13

3
Creggan White Hare
2871

1.20 The Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

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1.55 The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed)

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2.50 The Ryanair Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

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3.30 The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

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3.40 – The Paddy Power Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)

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4:50 – The Parnell Properties Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

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4.50 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup

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1.20 The JCB Triumph Hurdle

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1.55 The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle Race

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2.50 The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race

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3.30 TheCheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

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3.40 – The St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Steeple Chase

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4:50 – The Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Steeple Chase

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4.50 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

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