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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
3
Blue Lord
123

1
Appreciate It
112-111

4
For Pleasure
111410

7
Metier
111

2
Ballyadam
31-1142

8
Soaring Glory
2-12F31

5
Grumpy Charley
9-25111

6
Irascible
5/125

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

3
Eldorado Allen
30-1142

5
Numitor
5-43113

2
Captain Guinness
2B-P12F

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
8
Delire D'Estruval
1/7231-P

6
Happygolucky
334-121

15
Soupy Soups
P-561P0

2
Aye Right
5-23262

14
Nietzsche
U27-333

3
Pym
11PP-15

12
One For The Team
1-3U255

13
The Wolf
7-21543

5
Milan Native
21-12P0

7
Alnadam
41-2181

9
Vintage Clouds
158-753

1
Cepage
617-P14

10
Discordantly
4-149UF

16
Fingerontheswitch
12P-498

4
Ok Corral
11P/091-

11
Admiral's Secret
2211-13

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

7
Sharjah
4162-13

5
Not So Sleepy
110P-R1

1
Abacadabras
12-2152

3
Goshen
111U-01

8
Silver Streak
26-1C21

4
James Du Berlais
121212

6
Saldier
31F/1-66

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

8
Minella Melody
110-222

9
My Sister Sarah
FB-2214

4
Dolcita
2/132-23

10
Roksana
524-131

1
Black Tears
122-331

11
Whitehotchillifili
16-521P

3
Dame De Compagnie
1/511-1U

6
Great White Shark
3083-17

5
Floressa
129-142

7
Indefatigable
2311-36

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
1
Nassalam
21122

3
Saint Sam
911242

7
Riviere D'etel
213

18
Tinnahalla
421

8
Balko Saint
2231

20
Homme Public
2221

6
Busselton
123

13
Houx Gris
12313

21
Jeff Kidder
2217

15
Coltor
241

16
Her Indoors
221

22
Elham Valley
143

10
Hell Red
2-1P3

17
Sage Advice
123

14
Soldier On Parade
211168

24
Can't Stop Now
3P1F

23
Curious Bride
21P

4
Cabot Cliffs
13411

2
Youmdor
1F4

19
Burgundy Man
2P8

9
Longclaw
1114

11
Glorious Zoff
123

12
Zoffanien
363321

5
Druid's Altar
13621

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
1
Eden Du Houx
4-044P5

11
Soldier Of Love
11112P

10
Remastered
P33-111

13
Snow Leopardess
92-3212

3
Galvin
22-1111

7
Nestor Park
P4-2522

9
Ofalltheginjoints
444-314

2
Escaria Ten
110-512

4
Lithic
6-3243R

6
Macgiloney
5P39U1

5
Lord Royal
2/12-F52

12
The Mighty Don
0-132P0

8
Next Destination
131/211

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
2
Bob Olinger
11-211

3
Bravemansgame
36-2111

4
Does He Know
2-111R8

6
Keskonrisk
1-13

5
Gaillard Du Mesnil
222-211

1
Bear Ghylls
1-111

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

5
Sporting John
1117-31

3
Fiddlerontheroof
0-21222

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
23
Guard Your Dreams
2-14116

22
Shang Tang
31FP51

21
Our Power
31-634P

19
Palmers Hill
431/2-40

20
Shakem Up'arry
20-1428

16
Blue Sari
12/14P-P

9
Botox Has
21-1406

28
Encore Champs
2617P-5

15
Heaven Help Us
175441

17
Dysart Diamond
3-11410

26
Witness Protection
342-121

12
Craigneiche
131-1

8
Saint Sonnet
317-FPP

10
Tea Clipper
112-155

1
Thomas Darby
2313-33

27
Breffniboy
111124

13
Boreham Bill
0-34331

25
Dans Le Vent
0/U2-144

11
Burbank
518P-13

2
Grand Roi
411-312

5
Monte Cristo
2141-81

6
Birchdale
P/38-U63

7
Sayo
00-8187

14
Garo De Juilley
821F31

4
Janika
14442-9

3
Koshari
1F02/16

24
Nelson River
4/559-47

18
Sneaky Getaway
13-115P

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
2
Cilaos Emery
1F14-21

9
Sceau Royal
1124F1

4
Greaneteen
114-123

8
Rouge Vif
213-134

6
Nube Negra
6/1122-1

10
Put The Kettle On
1211-13

7
Politologue
2/251-12

5
Notebook
116-123

3
First Flow
111-111

1
Chacun Pour Soi
121-111

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

6
Hogan's Height
11/715-P

14
Vivas
50-2P5P

3
Balko Des Flos
44-4764

1
Alpha Des Obeaux
3-595PP

11
Potters Corner
011-37P

4
Defi Des Carres
51F-62P

8
Kingswell Theatre
6P5P-17

10
Out Sam
P-F54F8

7
Kings Temptation
111P65

2
Artic Pearl
1/U44-05

9
Le Breuil
50-4334

12
Some Neck
PF-6310

13
Tiger Roll
11/52-P6

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

5
Sky Pirate
2-25112

17
Western Miller
682F69

3
Chosen Mate
1-04P60

7
Us And Them
83-08F7

18
Theinval
FP5-577

12
Zanza
60-421F

8
Moonlighter
42-2F51

16
Not That Fuisse
2-13421

2
Sizing Pottsie
F-521F5

11
Embittered
63-2244

6
Bun Doran
1F3-75P

14
On The Slopes
311-553

9
Glen Forsa
UP/3-F74

4
Ibleo
12-2211

15
Ashutor
121132

19
Capuccimix
15-8677

1
Duc Des Genievres
2F5-237

10
Amoola Gold
25-1122

20
Or Jaune De Somoza
5-F6756

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

6
Kilcruit
2-11

11
Wonderwall
13

1
Chemical Energy
114

4
Fine Casting
521

13
Grangee
131

10
Three Stripe Life
1

15
Super Six
11

12
Elle Est Belle
11

14
I Like To Move It
112

7
Ramillies
1/4-15

5
Jack's A Legend
3-74

3
Creggan White Hare
2871

2
Cool Jet
41

8
Shearer
21

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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