Cheltenham Festival 15th - 18th March 2011 

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Long Run signalled the new dawn of steeplechasing by winning a thrilling renewal of the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Long Run

The Long Run to Enter Cheltenham’s History Books Begins Here 22/03/11
Any remaining doubts concerning the ability of the Nicky Henderson trained Long Run and his amateur jockey, Sam Waley-Cohen were well and truly cast aside when the outstanding six year old won the most prestigious prize in National Hunt racing, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Long Run Jumps to Gold Cup Glory 18/03/11
Long Run signalled the new dawn of steeplechasing by winning a thrilling renewal of the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup to give Nicky Henderson his first success in the race.

Big Buck's World Hurdle Hat-Trick 17/03/11
Big Buck's completed a hat-trick of victories in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham after a thrilling battle involving all the race's big guns.

Hurricane Fly Storms to Champion Hurdle Victory 15/03/11
Hurricane Fly stormed to victory in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham after a great battle with Peddlers Cross.

Sizing Europe Storms Home in Champion Chase 16/03/11
Sizing Europe, trained by Henry de Bromhead and ridden by Andrew Lynch, won the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the highlight on day two of the Festival.

Captain Chris Grabs Arkle Glory 15/03/11
Captain Chris collared long-time leader Finian's Rainbow at the last to land a fast and furious race for the Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham.

Albertas Run Flies Home in Ryanair 17/03/11
Albertas Run recorded back-to-back victories in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham under a powerful ride from Tony McCoy.

Byrne Group Plate Springs a Legend 17/03/11
Holmwood Legend sprang a 25-1 surprise to lift the Byrne Group Plate at Cheltenham for trainer Pat Rodford and 3lb claimer Keiran Burke.

Noble Prince Crowned Jewson King 17/03/11
Noble Prince gave Tony McCoy his first winner at this year's Festival, and his 200th of the season, by taking the opening Jewson Novices' Chase on day three at Cheltenham.

Bumper Joy for Cheltenian 16/03/11
Cheltenian continued the recent tradition of impressive Weatherbys Champion Bumper winners as he powered home for Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson at Cheltenham.

Oiseau De Nuit Springs Surprise in Grand Annual 18/03/11
The pain of Cue Card's defeat in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle will be a distant memory for Colin Tizzard as Oiseau De Nuit stormed up the hill to win the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase, the final race of the 2011 Cheltenham Festival.

Zemsky Cruises to Foxhunter Chase Win 18/03/11
Zemsky ran out an easy winner in an eventful race for the Christie's Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham.

Bobs Worth Bags Albert Bartlett 18/03/11
Bobs Worth and Mossley gave Nicky Henderson a notable one-two in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham for his first winner of the meeting.

Zarkandar Triumphs for Nicholls 18/03/11
Zarkandar gave champion trainer Paul Nicholls a second success in the JCB Triumph Hurdle when landing an emphatic triumph in the opening race on the final day of the Festival.

Buena Vista Doubles Up in Pertemps 17/03/11
The remarkable Buena Vista, ridden by Conor O'Farrell, made virtually all in an amazing repeat of his Pertemps Final win last year.

Cecil Takes St Patrick’s Day Derby Spoils 17/01/11
Henry Cecil was the toast of departing punters at Cheltenham as the Flat maestro saddled the Lorna Fowler-ridden Plato to land the St Patrick's Day Derby on day three of the Festival.

Junior Leads Home Pipe One-Two in Kim Muir 17/03/11
Junior ran out a wide-margin winner of the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup to give David Pipe a second winner of the day at the Cheltenham Festival.

Ruby Steers Final Approach to County Hurdle Victory 18/03/11
Ruby Walsh and Final Approach (10-1) foiled a massive gamble on Get Me Out Of Here to deny close friend Tony McCoy in a thrilling finish to the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle.

Sir Des Champs Comes from the Clouds to Win Martin Pipe 18/03/11
Sir Des Champs put up an unbelievable performance to pluck the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle from out of the clouds.

Back-to-Back Ryanair Wins for Admirable Albertas Run 21/03/11
Some horses were simply born to run at the Cheltenham Festival and the high-class Jonjo O’Neill-trained Albertas Run is definitely one of those horses.

Bostons Angel Divine in RSA Chase 16/03/11
Jessica Harrington's Bostons Angel ground out victory in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham under a jubilant Robbie Power.

What A Charm Wins Fred Winter for Townend First 16/03/11
What A Charm gave Paul Townend his first ever Cheltenham Festival success with a narrow victory in a thrilling renewal of the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

Carlito Brigante Blasts Home in Coral Cup 16/03/11
Carlito Brigante gave Gordon Elliott his second ever Cheltenham Festival success, and his second of the day, with an impressive display in the Coral Cup.

Chicago Grey Grabs National Hunt Glory 16/03/11
Chicago Grey was given a fine waiting ride by Derek O'Connor before coming out on top in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham.

First Lieutenant Earns Salutes in Neptune 16/03/11
First Lieutenant pulled victory from out of the fire with a narrow verdict over Rock On Ruby in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

Ruby Steers Al Ferof to Supreme Win 15/03/11
Al Ferof (10-1) was given a brilliant ride by Ruby Walsh to claim glory in the Stan James Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Quevega Lands Mares’ Hurdle Hat-Trick 15/03/11
Quevega once again proved a different class to her rivals as she secured a third successive victory in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Bensalem Bags Stewart Chase Glory 15/03/11
Bensalem avenged his luckless defeat of 12 months ago with victory in a thrilling Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

Sizing Australia Heads Irish 1-2-3 in Cross Country 15/03/11
Sizing Australia hung on gamely from Garde Champetre in a tight finish to maintain the Irish stranglehold on this specialist event.

Horse by Horse Guide to the Queen Mother Champion Chase 16/03/11
If back to his best Master Minded would win, and win well. However, Big Zeb looked pretty good when winning this race last year and it's not hard to envisage him retaining his crown. Somersby will be a major threat if they go hell for leather in the early stages, while French Opera is a fairly appealing each-way option.

Horse by Horse Guide to the Stan James Champion Hurdle 15/03/11
With the news that Binocular will miss the Stan James Champion Hurdle on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday, we know that a new king will be crowned. Let’s take a look at each of the contenders.

Will Irish Eyes be Smiling at Cheltenham? 08/03/11
In the build up to any Cheltenham Festival there is always plenty of talk surrounding the age old rivalry that has exists between the stables of Ireland against those in the UK.

Time For Rupert On Course for RSA Chase 09/03/11
Ante-post RSA Chase favourite Time For Rupert was recently put through his paces in a final piece of work prior to his date with destiny at the Cheltenham Festival on March 16.

Final Festival Entries Revealed 03/03/11
Entries for all 27 races at The 2011 Festival at Cheltenham have now been released following yesterday’s publication of those engaged in the £70,000 Grade Two David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle, the £55,000 Grade One Weatherbys Champion Bumper and the £35,000 Christie’s Foxhunter Chase.

Nigel Twiston-Davies Looks Forward to Cheltenham 02/03/11
Nigel Twiston-Davies is in a confident mood ahead of The Festival which starts in two weeks time.

Stan James Champion Hurdle – Khyber Kim 01/03/11
Khyber Kim is something of a forgotten horse in the context of the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on March 15 – the gelding can be backed at 25-1 with a number of firms – but his trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies, feels that his charge is being underestimated.

Henderson Confident About Long Run but Fears Kauto Comeback 28/02/11
Nicky Henderson has revealed that he believes his new star chaser Long Run represents his best chance ever of landing the coveted Cheltenham Gold Cup, one of the few major races to elude the hugely popular Seven Barrows handler.

Nicky Henderson Looking Strong for Cheltenham 25/02/11
Nicky Henderson goes into The Festival 2011 with a strong team and he is pleased that the horses are running well.

Entries Revealed for Festival Handicaps 25/02/11
The countdown to The Festival steps up another gear with the publication of entries for the 11 handicaps, all of which promise to be ultra-competitive affairs once again.

Boylesports Paying Out Big Bucks 24/02/11, Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker, are paying out on Big Buck’s for the World Hurdle. Paul Nicholls’ star hurdler has won the last two World Hurdles and is unbeaten in 10 races over the smaller obstacles in Britain.

Fascinating Novice Contests Taking Shape at The Festival 23/02/11
Fascinating races are in prospect for the novice contests at The Festival following the scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today, Wednesday, February 23.

King Unveils Powerful Cheltenham Team 23/02/11
Trainer Alan King believes that Medermit, who is being aimed at The Irish Independent Arkle Trophy Chase, offers his best chance of a winner at The Festival this year but unveiled a powerful Cheltenham supporting cast yesterday at his Barbury Castle Stables in Wiltshire.

Nicholls Unveils Cheltenham Squad 22/02/11
Trainer Paul Nicholls described this year’s totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup as the “most interesting renewal for a long time” as he bids to land chasing’s Blue Riband for a record-equalling fifth time.

Big Guns Remain on Course for Championship Contests 16/02/11
The countdown to The Festival 2011 intensifies today with the unveiling of the acceptors for the five main championship contests at The Festival.

Classy Entry for Ryanair Chase 16/02/11
Somersby and Golden Silver are also two of the 32 entries left in the £260,000 Ryanair Chase.

Grandouet Can Triumph for Henderson 22/02/11
Nicky Henderson appears to hold a very strong hand in the four-year old hurdlers department this season, and it will come as a surprise if the winner of the Triumph Hurdle is not housed at Seven Barrows.

Henderson Within Sight of Walwyn’s Record at The Festival 17/02/11
Nicky Henderson enjoyed three winners at The Festival in 2010, enabling him to claim the Thomas Pink Leading Trainer Award for the eighth time.

Lavelle Has Fingers Crossed for More Festival Glory 17/02/11
Emma Lavelle has twice enjoyed the unique emotions that accompany victory at The Festival and the Hampshire trainer is hoping to arrive at Cheltenham in March with her team primed for the season’s greatest challenge.

Punters Look Forward to the 141st Year of the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup 11/02/11
As the title suggests, this is the oldest race run at the Festival and the longest covering over 4 miles. Many of the leading contenders that are quoted at the moment have other Festival engagements and this will be a race that takes shape nearer the time.

Henderson Primed for Triumph Hurdle Hat-Trick 11/02/11
The Grade One Triumph Hurdle is the leading race in the National Hunt calendar for four year old horses in the country.

King Pair the Ones to Beat in 2011 William Hill Trophy at Festival 10/02/11
The William Hill Trophy is one of the most popular betting races of the entire Cheltenham Festival and is often one of the most exciting.

Leading Festival Jockeys 10/02/11
Ruby Walsh made history in 2010 when becoming the most successful jockey ever at The Festival, surpassing the record of the late Pat Taaffe.

AntePost - Stan James Supreme Novices Hurdle 10/02/11
It's the traditional curtain opener; the first race on the card on the first day of the Festival and the one where the big cheer signals the start of the weeks festivities at Prestbury Park at the foot of Cleeve Hill.

Somersby Heads for Queen Mother Champion Chase 08/02/11
Speaking to Matt Chapman on At The Races yesterday, Oxfordshire based trainer Henrietta Knight confirmed that last years Arkle runner up will be going for the Queen Mother Champion Chase alongside Master Minded and Big Zeb, rather than stepping up in trip for the Ryanair.

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Analysis 04/02/11
The seventh running of the Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle over three miles has attracted a bumper 103 entries, including 33 trained in Ireland.

Neptune Novices’ Hurdle - Analysis 04/02/11
The Grade One Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2.05pm) over two miles, five furlongs on Wednesday, March 16, has in recent times produced two horses that went on to win five Stan James Champion Hurdles between them - the great Istabraq (1997) and Hardy Eustace (2003).

JCB Triumph Hurdle – Analysis 04/02/11
This year’s Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle (1.30pm) on Friday, March 18, has attracted 77 entries, including 23 trained in Ireland and one potential French raider.

Stan James Supreme Novices' Hurdle – Analysis 03/02/11
The Grade One Stan James Supreme Novices’ Hurdle kicks off The Festival at 1.30pm on Tuesday, March 15, and the extended two-mile contest has attracted 86 fantastic entries, including 36 trained in Ireland.

Ladbrokes World Hurdle - Analysis 21/01/11
Big Buck’s heads a bumper 46 entries for this year’s £260,000 Grade One Ladbrokes World Hurdle, one of the highlights on the third day of The Festival, St Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17.

Stan James Champion Hurdle 2011 - Analysis 20/01/11
Binocular heads a superb entry of 31 for this year’s £370,000 Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle, the feature race of the first day of this year’s Festival, Tuesday, March 15.

Irish Hopes High for So Young & Garde Champetre at Cheltenham 10/02/11
The Cheltenham Festival is getting very close now it seems and a couple of Irish hopefuls impressed in winning their respective prep-races on Wednesday.

Reigning Champion Binocular Heads 31 on Course for Stan James Champion Hurdle 20/01/11
Binocular heads 31 entries for the 2011 renewal of the £370,000 Stan James Champion Hurdle, the highlight of Centenary Day at The Festival on Tuesday, March 15.

Oscar Whisky Bound For Champion Hurdle 07/02/11
Ffos Las supremo Dai Walters is keen to let his Oscar Whisky take his chance in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham next month.

Big Buck’s Heads 46 Entries for Ladbrokes World Hurdle 21/01/11
Dual winner Big Buck’s features among a superb entry of 46 for this year’s £260,000 Grade One Ladbrokes World Hurdle, one of the feature races on the third day of The Festival, St Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17. 

Entries for Cheltenham Festival Novice Chases 28/01/11
Entries have been revealed for the four novice chases at The Festival – The Irish Independent Arkle Trophy Chase, the RSA Chase, the 141st Year of the National Hunt Chase and the Jewson Novices’ Chase.

Lorna Fowler to Ride Plato in the St Patrick’s Day Derby 02/02/11
Lorna Fowler will ride the Henry Cecil-trained Plato in the St Patrick’s Day Derby at The Festival, in aid of Cancer Research UK. Plato, owned by the Niarchos Family, won his maiden at Newmarket in August, 2010 and looks a progressive stayer in the making.

Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Race Facts 28/01/11
The highlight of the first day of the Cheltenham Festival and the most prestigious hurdle race of the entire National Hunt season – the roll of honour for this race reads like a who's who of hurdling history.

Cheltenham World Hurdle Pointers 25/01/11
The second of the two Grade One events run on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival makes sure that although Thursday does not have one of the blue riband events it lacks nothing in interest or quality.

Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle Race Facts 31/01/11
This race is probably the most competitive of all of the events run over the four days with the pace fast and furious from the off. Numerous winners have made up seemingly impossible amounts of ground after the turn into the straight to get their noses in front on the line.

Denman Exciting Connections Ahead of Gold Cup 27/01/11
When the Paul Nicholls-trained Denman lowered the colours of his superb stable companion Kauto Star to win the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup the talk was of a horse who might go on to be one of the all-time greats.

The Arkle Challenge Trophy 24/01/11
Fast and furious is the way to describe the first steeplechase of the meeting - the Arkle – named after the legendary Irish horse who achieved much of his success at Cheltenham. The race named in his honour is over 2 miles and was first run in 1969 to commemorate his three Gold Cup wins (1964-66).

Hurricane Fly and Realt Dubh Underline Festival Credentials 24/01/11
The Willie Mullins-trained Hurricane Fly produced a polished display in the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday and has been trimmed in the betting for the English equivalent at the Cheltenham Festival in March by most firms.

Oscar Whisky Cheltenham Warm Up 25/01/11
At the moment Oscar Whisky is expected to challenge for the Stan James Champion Hurdle but the horse may yet be entered in the Ladbroke World Hurdle instead.

Bleu Adds Another String to Nicholls’ Triumph Hurdle Bow 20/01/11
Paul Nicholls didn’t enjoy the happiest of weeks last week but the victory on Wednesday of his French import Cedre Bleu will surely have brought a smile back to the face of the champion trainer.

The 12 Riders Taking Part in the St Patrick’s Day Derby 17/01/11
Cheltenham Racecourse today announced the names of the 12 riders that will take part in the St Patrick’s Day Derby at The Festival, in aid of Cancer Research UK. The Flat race, over one mile and five furlongs, takes place on Thursday, March 17.

Long Run a Serious Contender for Cheltenham Gold Cup 17/01/11
That is the view of jockey Sam Waley-Cohen after he triumphantly partnered Long Run to victory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Saturday afternoon.

Binocular and Long Run Stake Cheltenham Claims 16/01/11
Despite Saturday’s card at Kempton being star-studded in equine terms, there was one star that most of the huge crowd that descended on to the Sunbury venue wanted to see shine: Kauto Star.

Triumph Hurdle Winner Soldatino Ready to Run 10/01/11
The eagerly anticipated return to action of last season's JCB Triumph Hurdle winner Soldatino looks to be just around the corner following the news that trainer Nicky Henderson intends to run the grey in Haydock’s Champion Hurdle Trial on January 22nd.

Cue Card on Course for Supreme Novice Bid 07/01/11
The Colin Tizzard-trained Cue Card might have lost his unbeaten record when finishing second to Menorah in the Grade 2 International Hurdle at Cheltenham last month, but he still remains market leader and a highly popular choice for honours in the opening race of the 2011 Cheltenham Festival, the Supreme Novices Hurdle.

Knight Pass Stakes Champion Bumper Claim 06/01/11
Knight Pass was undoubtedly impressive when winning the bumper at Southwell on Wednesday and the Warren Greatrex trained 4-y-o has become all the rage for the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Sportingbet to Sponsor The Queen Mother Champion Chase 03/01/11
Cheltenham Racecourse have announced that a major sponsorship deal has been agreed with leading online bookmaker

Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup to be Worth £1/2 Million 16/12/10
Cheltenham Racecourse today announced that two of the biggest races at The Festival will be worth more than ever before in 2011.

Hurricane Fly Shows His Champion Hurdle Credentials 16/12/10
Hurricane Fly made an impressive seasonal bow to edge out Solwhit in a thrilling finish to the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse. Trainer Willie Mullins had a great haul at the meeting, sending out 3-winners and already looks to have a strong hand for the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Medermit Not Convincing Back to Winning Ways 14/12/10
Some smart hurdlers take easily to jumping fences, whilst others just never appear at ease over the larger obstacles. Alan King's Medermit seems to fall into the latter category and despite making it two from three as a novice chaser with a win at Plumpton on Monday, I can't see him making Cheltenham Festival standard.

2011 Champion Hurdle Latest Prospects 07/12/10
At one time it appeared that the 2011 Champion Hurdle might end up being a two horse race between reigning champion, Binocular and Irish raider, Hurricane Fly.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Next for Denman 27/11/10
Diamond Harry showed all of his class to win the Hennessey Gold Cup on Saturday with a pretty faultless front-running performance. The biggest cheer was reserved for a gallant Denman though, who ran a tremendous race in concession of 26 lb to finish third.

Peddlers Cross Too Much for Binocular to Bear 27/11/10
Peddlers Cross made the transition from novice company to the top table in the best possible style with a superb victory in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newbury.

Imperious Commander Returns 20/11/10
If Imperial Commander still had anyone doubting that he is one the very finest chasers of recent years, surely he does not now after an imperious victory in the £200,000 Grade One Betfair Chase at Haydock Park on Saturday.

Nicholls Duo the Biggest Market Movers Following Open Meeting 15/11/10
The status of the Cheltenham Open meeting continues to grow year on year and its reputation as the best three days racing outside of the Festival in March is a consensus that anyone in attendance at Prestbury Park over the weekend would agree with.

Menorah Menacing in Greatwood 14/11/10
Menorah announced his arrival on the Stan James Champion Hurdle stage with a career-best performance under top-weight in the £100,000 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle.

Cue Card Enhances Reputation at Cheltenham 12/11/10
A sight to gladden the hearts of Jump-racing fans came at Cheltenham on Friday when four-year-old Cue Card retained his unbeaten record in exciting fashion.

Kauto Star Back in Business 06/11/10
Kauto Star returned to action with a hard-fought victory in the Champion Chase at Down Royal.

Jewson Novices’ Chase is Added to Cheltenham Festival Card 07/10/10
Cheltenham Racecourse has announced that there will be a new race at The Festival in March 2011, taking the total number of races at the meeting to 27.

Starluck Fighting Fit for Stan James-Sponsored Hurdling Target on the Road to Cheltenham 30/09/10
Starluck could head to the Grade One Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on Saturday, November 27 en route to another crack at the Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle at The Festival on Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

Cheltenham Announces Exciting Additions to Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Series 16/09/10
Cheltenham Racecourse has announced that leading recruitment company Pertemps Group has renewed its sponsorship of the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Series and added seven new qualifiers for the 2010/11 season.

Cheltenham Racecourse
For four extraordinary days in the middle of March the National Hunt racing community from all around the world converges on the elegant spa town of Cheltenham. The twenty races are the most hotly contested of the entire racing calendar with more than £2 million in prize money and £20 million in bets riding on these Championships.
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Cheltenham Gold Cup History
In the Gold Cup's history only six horses have won more than once, and the most recent of them is Best Mate in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The others were L'Escargot (1970/71) Easter Hero (1929/30), Golden Miller (1932/33/34/35/36), Cottage Rake (1948/49/50) and Arkle (1964/65/66). Their successes were all in consecutive years.
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