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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

2
Ballyadam
31-1142

3
Blue Lord
123

7
Metier
111

8
Soaring Glory
2-12F31

5
Grumpy Charley
9-25111

4
For Pleasure
111410

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

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

2
Aye Right
5-23262

13
The Wolf
7-21543

7
Alnadam
41-2181

3
Pym
11PP-15

12
One For The Team
1-3U255

8
Delire D'Estruval
1/7231-P

15
Soupy Soups
P-561P0

1
Cepage
617-P14

14
Nietzsche
U27-333

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

6
Saldier
31F/1-66

8
Silver Streak
26-1C21

9
Epatante
9/111-12

5
Not So Sleepy
110P-R1

3
Goshen
111U-01

1
Abacadabras
12-2152

4
James Du Berlais
121212

7
Sharjah
4162-13

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

7
Indefatigable
2311-36

3
Dame De Compagnie
1/511-1U

10
Roksana
524-131

1
Black Tears
122-331

9
My Sister Sarah
FB-2214

8
Minella Melody
110-222

6
Great White Shark
3083-17

5
Floressa
129-142

11
Whitehotchillifili
16-521P

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
7
Riviere D'etel
213

17
Sage Advice
123

21
Jeff Kidder
2217

10
Hell Red
2-1P3

6
Busselton
123

8
Balko Saint
2231

14
Soldier On Parade
211168

15
Coltor
241

16
Her Indoors
221

4
Cabot Cliffs
13411

13
Houx Gris
12313

11
Glorious Zoff
123

18
Tinnahalla
421

3
Saint Sam
911242

1
Nassalam
21122

23
Curious Bride
21P

2
Youmdor
1F4

12
Zoffanien
363321

19
Burgundy Man
2P8

9
Longclaw
1114

24
Can't Stop Now
3P1F

22
Elham Valley
143

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
3
Galvin
22-1111

8
Next Destination
131/211

11
Soldier Of Love
11112P

10
Remastered
P33-111

6
Macgiloney
5P39U1

9
Ofalltheginjoints
444-314

13
Snow Leopardess
92-3212

5
Lord Royal
2/12-F52

2
Escaria Ten
110-512

12
The Mighty Don
0-132P0

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

4
Does He Know
2-111R8

6
Keskonrisk
1-13

1
Bear Ghylls
1-111

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
17
Dysart Diamond
3-11410

26
Witness Protection
342-121

22
Shang Tang
31FP51

3
Koshari
1F02/16

10
Tea Clipper
112-155

16
Blue Sari
12/14P-P

11
Burbank
518P-13

8
Saint Sonnet
317-FPP

28
Encore Champs
2617P-5

27
Breffniboy
111124

2
Grand Roi
411-312

12
Craigneiche
131-1

4
Janika
14442-9

5
Monte Cristo
2141-81

6
Birchdale
P/38-U63

7
Sayo
00-8187

15
Heaven Help Us
175441

25
Dans Le Vent
0/U2-144

20
Shakem Up'arry
20-1428

19
Palmers Hill
431/2-40

1
Thomas Darby
2313-33

23
Guard Your Dreams
2-14116

21
Our Power
31-634P

13
Boreham Bill
0-34331

14
Garo De Juilley
821F31

18
Sneaky Getaway
13-115P

9
Botox Has
21-1406

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

9
Sceau Royal
1124F1

7
Politologue
2/251-12

2
Cilaos Emery
1F14-21

5
Notebook
116-123

6
Nube Negra
6/1122-1

4
Greaneteen
114-123

8
Rouge Vif
213-134

3
First Flow
111-111

10
Put The Kettle On
1211-13

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

13
Tiger Roll
11/52-P6

9
Le Breuil
50-4334

14
Vivas
50-2P5P

4
Defi Des Carres
51F-62P

1
Alpha Des Obeaux
3-595PP

8
Kingswell Theatre
6P5P-17

10
Out Sam
P-F54F8

7
Kings Temptation
111P65

3
Balko Des Flos
44-4764

2
Artic Pearl
1/U44-05

6
Hogan's Height
11/715-P

11
Potters Corner
011-37P

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
11
Embittered
63-2244

13
Entoucas
3-22244

17
Western Miller
682F69

3
Chosen Mate
1-04P60

7
Us And Them
83-08F7

18
Theinval
FP5-577

16
Not That Fuisse
2-13421

6
Bun Doran
1F3-75P

14
On The Slopes
311-553

19
Capuccimix
15-8677

4
Ibleo
12-2211

8
Moonlighter
42-2F51

5
Sky Pirate
2-25112

12
Zanza
60-421F

15
Ashutor
121132

1
Duc Des Genievres
2F5-237

9
Glen Forsa
UP/3-F74

10
Amoola Gold
25-1122

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
1
Chemical Energy
114

9
Sir Gerhard
1-11

13
Grangee
131

14
I Like To Move It
112

15
Super Six
11

6
Kilcruit
2-11

12
Elle Est Belle
11

2
Cool Jet
41

10
Three Stripe Life
1

5
Jack's A Legend
3-74

7
Ramillies
1/4-15

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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