Cheltenham Festival News

Tuesday 14th - Friday 17th March 2017

The Grand Finale: A Look Ahead to Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival 15/03/17
While the Cheltenham Festival is an iconic event that includes four days of stellar jump racing, it is the final 24 hours that genuinely captures the imagination of fans.

TVV Capital to sponsor year two of Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge 17/02/17
Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle kicks off transatlantic race for $500,000 bonus.

Cheltenham Festival to Introduce Alcohol Ban 17/02/17
Horse racing fans will be restricted to buying four alcoholic drinks at a time during this year’s Cheltenham Festival, as the Jockey Club try to put a stop to anti-social behaviour.

Cheltenham Festival Preview 02/02/17
It's just under six weeks now until National Hunt's pay per event, the Cheltenham Festival. Over 200,000 punters will visit Prestbury Park over four fantastic days in March, taking in 28 races.

Prize Money Boost to The Festival 06/01/17
The Festival at Cheltenham in March has received a significant prize money boost, leading to a new record total of £4,305,000 over the four days of the best of Jump racing.

Nashville's Iroquois Steeplechase Sweetens the Pot for Inaugural Brown Advisory Cheltenham Challenge 09/03/16
The Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge is to win both the Grade One Ryanair World Hurdle and the Grade One Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle Stakes.

Will it be “Ruby Tuesday” at the Cheltenham Festival again this year? 15/02/16
In 2015, punters were overjoyed as Ruby Walsh rode a treble on the opening day of Cheltenham to cripple the bookmakers for an estimated £10 million pay-out.

Get On The Road To Riches In The Ryanair 15/02/16
The Ryainair Chase, in which the Irish hold a strong hand, is currently Non Runner Cash Back with Boylesports, so now is a great time to get involved.

Trooper Cooper Can Take Ruby’s Festival Crown 11/02/16
The question facing punters looking to get involved in the top jockeys market is: can anyone prevent Ruby Walsh from winning a seventh Cheltenham Festival top jockey title in eight years?

Save Some Time and Enjoy the Mullins Domination 27/01/16
Over the next few weeks there will be endless discussion about how to get the Willie Mullins good things beaten at The Festival.

Antepost Rules Relaxed for Cheltenham Big 5 12/01/16
BoyleSports have today relaxed their antepost rules on the five major Championship races at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, offering cash back if your horse doesn’t run.

Prize money breaks £4-million barrier at The Festival in 2016 07/01/16
There is £4,115,000 on offer over the four days of The Festival, which is staged at Cheltenham, the Home of Jump Racing, from Tuesday, March 15 to Friday, March 18.

Christmas racing review: Cheltenham Festival market movers30/12/15
After a busy Christmas period of top-class action at Kempton, Leopardstown and Newbury, Coral take a look at some of the key performances and the impact they have had on the ante post markets for the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.

Timico is the new sponsor of the Cheltenham Gold Cup 08/12/15
Fast-growing managed service provider Timico Technology Group is announced as the new sponsor of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the feature race of The Festival over four days in March at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Your Complete Guide to the Cheltenham Festival 22/09/15
The momentous occasion that is the Cheltenham festival, its four days of dramatic racing from the pinnacle of the jump racing season. This guide is just an idea to help you get the most of this legendary event.

New Race at The Festival in 2016 29/07/15
A new novices' hurdle for fillies and mares is being introduced at The Festival in 2016 to enhance the expanding programme of mares' races.

Shorties to Lay at Cheltenham 08/03/15
Last year Angus McNae managed to make a profit by finding horses to oppose at the Cheltenham Festival and is attempting to repeat the dose this year.

Shake Up for Ryanair as Dynaste is Ruled Out 11/02/15
Jockeys and trainers have been dealt a particularly harsh blow just one month ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, as officials have confirmed that Dynaste will miss the 2015 meeting.

Cheltenham Gold Cup: Betting the Best for Last 09/02/15
As we count down to the Cheltenham Festival, the most prestigious outing of all the National Hunt events, The Gold Cup, is set to be a must see racing phenomenon.

Cheltenham Festival pointers to be found at Newbury 04/02/15
Newbury’s card on Saturday provides one of the last opportunities for horses to test their Cheltenham Festival credentials for two of the meeting’s big chases.

Clash of Youth Versus Experience Awaits in Champion Hurdle 27/01/15
With just about all the key trials for the Champion Hurdle at the forthcoming Cheltenham Festival having been run, the stage is set for an epic renewal of the two-mile championship event that so often delivers more than it promises. 

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Why the Cheltenham Festival is a Safe Bet for Punters 09/01/15
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the largest events on the horse racing calendar and has a total prize money which is second only to the Grand National.

Fever the rising star could have Gold Cup target this season 16/11/14
Following his superb seasonal reappearance in the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase on November 13, it looks increasingly likely that the Willie Mullins-trained Champagne Fever could represent Ireland’s biggest hope for Gold Cup glory at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival.

Glenfarclas Renews Cross Country Sponsorship 27/08/14
Glenfarclas has renewed its association with Cross Country racing at the Home of Jump Racing for a further three years.

Lord Windermere Strikes Gold 14/03/14
Lord Windermere won a thrilling renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup for trainer Jim Culloty and jockey Davy Russell.

Tiger Roars to Triumph Victory 14/03/14
Tiger Roll oozed class when scooting up the hill to win the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.

More of That Takes World Hurdle 13/03/14
More of That wins the 2014 World Hurdle! Annie Power in second, huge upset!

Dynaste Delivers Ryanair Chase 13/03/14
Dynaste justified favouritism as he came with a power-packed finish to win the Grade One Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.

Sire De Grugy is Champion Chaser 12/03/14
Sire De Grugy emphatically silenced the dissenting voices by claiming the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase, the highlight on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

O'Faolains Boy Takes RSA Chase 12/03/14
O'Faolains Boy outbattled Smad Place to prevail in a thrilling tussle for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Faugheen Passes Neptune Test 12/03/14
The Willie Mullins-trained Faugheen lived up to his huge reputation by running away with the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

Quevega Makes it Six of the Best 11/03/14
Willie Mullins' Quevega overcame a determined challenge from stablemate Glen's Melody to take an historic sixth consecutive victory in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle.

Jezki is Just Champion for McManus 11/03/14
Jezki led home a one-two for owner JP McManus in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Holywell Strikes Again 11/03/14
Holywell followed up last year's win in the Pertemps Hurdle Final with a game victory in the Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

Warhorse Wins Arkle Battle 11/03/14
Champion Bumper and Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Champagne Fever was an 11-4 joint-favourite to complete the Festival hat-trick and jumped superbly at the head of affairs under Ruby Walsh.

Vautour is Supreme for Mullins and Walsh 11/03/14
Vautour, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh, won the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the opening race of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival in course-record time.

Tanya's Ten Betting Commandments of the Festival 09/03/14
As the Cheltenham Festival approaches it is so easy to get carried away, giddy with excitement.

Can the Real Somersby Step Forward? 07/03/14
The Mick Channon-trained Somersby is among the 12 six-day confirmations for the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase over two miles, the highlight on the second day of The Festival, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 12.

Five Horses to Oppose at the Cheltenham Festival 06/03/14
Winner finding at the Cheltenham Festival is no easy task so with that in mind there may be some mileage in laying a few favourites who I think are vulnerable across the four days next week.

Market Move For Mullins’ Mare 04/03/14
Annie Power has been backed into ante-post favourite for the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival later this month, suggesting Willie Mullins’ unbeaten mare is likely to go for the 3m contest at the meeting.

Nigel Twiston-Davies Stable Visit 27/02/14
Nigel Twiston-Davies showed off to the media his pride and joy, The New One, who led the string up the famous stiff Grange Hill Farm gallops.

Jonjo O'Neill Stable Visit 27/02/14
Jonjo O'Neill has only missed out on a winner at The Festival once since 2000 and he does not mind which race he captures.

Faugheen Has Neptune Novices’ Hurdle Aim 27/02/14
Irish trainer Willie Mullins’ strong team at this year’s Cheltenham Festival includes Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle fancy Faugheen.

Challenge Between Great Britain and Ireland Given Official Title 26/02/14
The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse has seen great rivalry between the home team of British-trained runners and those crossing the Irish Sea for many years.

Nicky Henderson Stable Visit 25/02/14
Nicky Henderson hosted today a Cheltenham Racecourse-organised media stable visit at Seven Barrows. He showed off his main hopes and said he could have up to 35 runners over the four days of The Festival.  

Boodles Leading Jockey Award 19/02/14
This year’s Leading Jockey Award at The Festival will be sponsored by the London jeweller Boodles.

Terry Biddlecombe Honoured at Cheltenham 17/02/14
This year’s National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival will be run in honour of the late Terry Biddlecombe. The four-mile contest takes place on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 11.

O’Neill Confirms More of That World Hurdle Bid 13/02/14
Still an unknown quantity, the JP McManus-owned rising star should stay the extra distance of the World Hurdle and is as short as 5/1 in the ante-post racing betting with some firms to remain unbeaten.

Acceptors for the Five Main Championship Races 12/02/14
All the big favourites for the five major Cheltenham Festival contests remained in contention after the acceptors were revealed today.

Cheltenham Novice Hurdle Entries Revealed 30/01/14
A total of 352 entries have been revealed for the four Grade One championship novice hurdles staged at The Festival.

Big Bucks for Nicholls’ Runner 27/01/14
Big Buck’s has been backed into 2/1 with bet365 for the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, despite finishing third in the Cleeve Hurdle on Saturday.

Irish Champion Hurdle Could Provide Vital Clues In Untangling the Cheltenham Equivalent 24/01/14
Heavy weights of the two mile hurdling division, Hurricane Fly, Jezki and Our Conor have all been declared to run in the Grade One Irish Champion Hurdle, the outcome of which could go a long way in untangling the outcome of the Cheltenham equivalent on the 11th March.

Festival Novice Chase Entries Revealed 23/01/14
The entries for the four novice chases at Cheltenham 2014 have been revealed and the speculation continues, with many of the protagonists having multiple options across the various trips and conditions.

Dynaste Set for Gold Cup Bid 15/01/14
David Pipe’s smart staying chaser, Dynaste, is still on course to bid for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 14, despite finishing a well beaten fifth behind old rivals Silviniaco Conti and Cue Card in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.

Our Conor Out to Challenge Hurricane 14/01/14
Hurricane Fly, the only horse other than Comedy Of Errors to regain the Champion Hurdle, remains the one to fear as the 2014 renewal approaches, with all trainers talking up the hopes of their various charges.

Hunt Ball Has Festival Target Again 06/01/14
Hunt Ball's owners are hopeful of running the nine-year-old-chaser at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, and are planning to give him a run out before then.

Cue Card and The New One Among The Early Season Movers 05/12/13
With Christmas now just around the corner, it feels like an appropriate time to assess where we sit on the 'Road to the Cheltenham Festival'.

Changes to Order of Running on Champion Day and Ladies Day in 2014 05/12/13
Cheltenham Racecourse announces changes to the order of running for the first two days of The Festival in 2014.

The Five Champion Hurdle Contenders Set for Vintage Festival Showdown 04/12/13
The countdown to the 2014 Cheltenham Festival continues and race fans will be preparing for a vintage renewal of the Champion Hurdle at Prestbury Park.

Novices Impress at Cheltenham Open Meeting to Stake Festival Claims 20/11/13
ClaimsThe Open Meeting at Cheltenham is considered by many to be the first major horse racing Festival of the season and once again it has lived up to its reputation.

Stan James Renews Sponsorship of Champion Hurdle 29/10/13
Cheltenham Racecourse has announced that Stan James has renewed its sponsorship of the Champion Hurdle and is backing two more leading trials for the hurdling showpiece on the "Road To Cheltenham".

BetVictor to Sponsor Queen Mother Champion Chase 16/10/13
BetVictor is today announced as the new sponsor of three top two-mile chases run in Britain, to include races run at three Jockey Club Racecourses, Cheltenham (Queen Mother Champion Chase), Sandown Park (Tingle Creek Chase) and Exeter (Haldon Gold Cup).

£45m Cheltenham Racecourse Development Project Achieves Planning Consent 19/07/13
Cheltenham Borough Council last night gave planning consent to The Jockey Club's proposed £45 million development project at its flagship Cheltenham Racecourse.

Tickets Available for Cheltenham’s 2013/14 Season 16/07/13
Tickets for the 2013/14 season at Cheltenham Racecourse, the home of Jump racing, are now available, significantly earlier than usual.

The Jockey Club Unveils £45m Vision for Cheltenham Racecourse 28/03/13
The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British horseracing, today announced plans to make its largest ever investment in racecourse facilities with the unveiling of a £45 million concept for the next stage of development at its flagship Cheltenham Racecourse.

Can Cheltenham Stars Follow Up Festival Glory in 2014? 19/03/13
Many National Hunt fans will be suffering from a Cheltenham Festival hangover this week as the reality dawns that they must wait another 12 months before the enjoyment of the four day meeting comes round again.

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