Cheltenham Festival 13th - 16th March 2012 

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Synchronised Wins Gold Cup for McCoy and O'Neill 16/03/12
Synchronised landed a dramatic race for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup in the hands of champion jockey Tony McCoy.

Big Buck's Makes World Hurdle History 15/03/12
Big Buck's made Ladbrokes World Hurdle history with a fourth successive victory in the stayers' championship at Cheltenham.

Finian's Rainbow Shines for Henderson in Champion Chase 14/03/12
Finian's Rainbow completed a magical afternoon for trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Barry Geraghty as he landed the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

Rock On Ruby Flies Home in Champion Hurdle 13/03/12
Rock On Ruby ran out a most impressive winner of the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham under Noel Fehily.

Riverside Theatre Battles to Win Ryanair Chase 15/03/12
Riverside Theatre, superbly ridden by Barry Geraghty, won a thrilling race for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Countrywide Flames Blazes to JCB Triumph Hurdle Success 16/03/12
The diminutive Countrywide Flame made up a tremendous amount of ground between the last two flights to overhaul the leading pack and spring a 33/1 surprise in the JCB Triumph Hurdle.

Bellvano Leads Nicky Trio in Johnny Henderson Grand Annual 16/03/12
Nicky Henderson saddled his seventh winner of the week, a record for The Festival, when taking the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase, named after his father, with Bellvano.

Attaglance Takes the Martin Pipe Hurdle 16/03/12
Malcolm Jefferson secured a second Cheltenham Festival victory of the week when Attaglance landed the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.

Salsify Scraps to Win the Foxhunters 16/03/12
Salsify just held Chapoturgeon for an Irish victory in the Christie's Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham.

Brindisi Breeze Blasts Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 16/03/12
Lucinda Russell, who trains north of the border at Kinross, enjoyed her first taste of success at the Cheltenham Festival when the tough Brindisi Breeze outstayed challenger Boston Bob up the hill in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle to win by two lengths.

Alderwood Wins Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle 16/03/12
Tony McCoy finally opened his account at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival when forcing Alderwood home in the Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Tina Cook Rustles Up St Patrick’s Day Derby Victory 15/03/12
Olympic eventer Tina Cook charged up the Cheltenham hill to claim the honours in the St Patrick’s Derby, which is run in aid of Cancer Research UK. She rode Pashca Bere, trained by her brother Nick Gifford.

Sunnyhillboy Shines in Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir 15/03/12
The Jonjo O’Neill-trained Sunnyhillboy justified strong market support to land the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase.

Salut Flo Takes Byrne Group Plate for Pipe15/03/12
Salut Flo landed a gamble with a gutsy all-the-way success in the Byrne Group Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

Cape Tribulation Takes Pertemps Final 15/03/12
Cape Tribulation struck for North Yorkshire trainer Malcolm Jefferson in a driving finish to the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival.

Sir Des Champs Looks Classy in Jewson Novices’ Chase 15/03/12
Sir Des Champs maintained his unbeaten record for Willie Mullins with a clear-cut victory in the Jewson Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Champagne Fever Party in Champion Bumper 14/03/12
The Willie Mullins-trained Champagne Fever emerged victorious from the final race of day two at the Cheltenham Festival, crossing the line first in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.

Une Artiste Rocks Up in Fred Winter 14/03/12
Nicky Henderson continued his spectacular afternoon as Une Artiste gave him his fourth winner in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Son Of Flicka Steps Up in Coral Cup 14/03/12
Son Of Flicka gave Donald McCain and Jason Maguire their second winner of the week with a fine performance in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham.

Battling Bobs Worth Wins RSA Chase for Henderson 14/03/12
Nicky Henderson's Bobs Worth stayed on best up the famous Cheltenham hill to claim the RSA Chase in the hands of Barry Geraghty.

Simple for Simonsig in Neptune Novices' Hurdle 14/03/12
Simonsig blitzed the opposition in a dramatic renewal of the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Teaforthree Makes All to Win National Hunt Chase 14/03/12
Teaforthree and JT McNamara took top honours in the Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham.

Hunt Ball Lands Pulteney Novices’ Handicap Chase 13/03/12
Hunt Ball capped a fairytale season when running away with the concluding Pulteney Land Investments Novices’ Handicap Chase under top weight of 12 stone.

Quevega the Festival Queen 13/03/12
The incredible Quevega recorded her fourth successive victory with another fine display in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Balthazar King Breaks Irish Dominance of Cross Country Chase 13/03/12
Balthazar King emerged triumphant following a thrilling finish to the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

Alfie Sherrin Stays On to Win JLT Specialty Chase 13/03/12
Alfie Sherrin claimed the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase at Cheltenham for Jonjo O'Neill.

Sprinter Sacre Cruises Home in Arkle Chase13/03/12
Sprinter Sacre turned in a scintillating performance to pummel his rivals in the Racing Post Arkle Chase at Cheltenham.

Cinders And Ashes Wins Supreme Novices'13/03/12
Donald McCain's Cinders And Ashes won the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the opening race of the 2012 Cheltenham Festival.

Big Buck's On Brink of World Hurdle History 13/03/12
Big Buck's is one of 13 runners for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle on March 15 as he aims to create history by becoming the first horse to win the same race at the Cheltenham Festival four years running.

Long Run & Kauto Star Line Up for Gold Cup Show Down 10/03/12
This year’s Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup (3.20pm) is set to be another superb contest with Long Run and Kauto Star featuring among 19 six-day confirmations for chasing’s Blue Riband, highlight of Gold Cup Day on Friday, March 16.

Partial 'Triumph' for Grumeti Connections 09/03/12
For those with a vested interest in the JCB Triumph Hurdle chances of leading fancy Grumeti, it has been a worrying few days after the son of Sakhee's recent injury scare.

Albertas Run Heads 17 Possibles for Ryanair 09/03/12
Dual winner Albertas Run heads the 17 remaining entries for the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham on March 15.

Realt Dubh On Course for Festival Comeback 09/03/12
Realt Dubh is currently 50-50 to run in either the Queen Mother Champion Chase or the Ryanair Chase.

Big Names Still in Queen Mother Picture 08/03/12
Past winners Sizing Europe and Big Zeb figure among a 10-strong field left in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on March 14 at the confirmation stage.

Kalann Team Leaning Towards Champion Hurdle Bid 08/03/12
Kalann, who was an impressive winner over the course and distance in the Masterson Holdings Hurdle at The Showcase in October, is likely to take his chance in the Stan James Champion Hurdle according to trainer Sabrina Harty.

Hurricane Fly Heads Champion Hurdle Dozen 07/03/12
Last year's winner Hurricane Fly heads 12 remaining entries for the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on March 13 at the six-day confirmation stage.

Sprinter Sacre Heads 10 for Arkle Chase 07/03/12
The six-year-old is one 10 contenders remaining in the £130,000 Grade One Racing Post Arkle Chase run over two miles on The Festival’s opening day, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 13.

Kauto Star to Work at Wincanton this Friday 07/03/12
Trainer Paul Nicholls said yesterday that Kauto Star will work after racing at Wincanton on Friday, March 9th in his bid to make the field for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday week.

The Five Best Irish Hopes at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival 05/03/12
With just over a week to go, the anticipation surrounding the Cheltenham Festival is building and as always, a very strong Irish contingent will be making the trip over the Irish Sea to do battle with their British rivals.

Monksland Bang On Course for Neptune Assault 02/03/12
Despite the prospect of quick ground, Noel Meade's unbeaten Monksland is still strongly fancied by connections to put up a very bold show in the Grade 1 Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Alan King Looks Ahead to The Festival 02/03/12
Trainer Alan King talked about his potential runners for The Festival at his Barbury Castle Stables during a foggy morning on the Marlborough Downs.

Kauto Star Fall Leaves Him only 50/50 for Gold Cup 01/03/12
The much anticipated Gold Cup clash between last year's winner Long Run and a resurgent Kauto Star now hangs in the balance after Paul Nicholls reported a schooling tumble for his stable star.

Weights Announced for Festival Handicaps 01/03/12
There are just 12 days to go until The Festival gets underway at Cheltenham on Tuesday, March 13, and excitement will build following yesterday’s announcement of the weights for the 11 handicaps staged at the four-day meeting.

Final Cheltenham Festival Entries Revealed 29/02/12
Entries for all 27 races at The Cheltenham Festival are now in the public domain following the unveiling of those for the Grade Two OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, the Grade One Weatherbys Champion Bumper and the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase today.

Baby Mix Back in Triumph Hurdle Picture 25/02/12
Baby Mix got his JCB Triumph Hurdle prospects back on track when winning a competitive race for the William Hill-sponsored Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton.

Festival Handicap Entries Announced 24/02/12
Ultra-competitive entries have been revealed for The Festival’s 11 handicaps, events that always prove to be among the week’s hottest betting heats.

Compelling Claims for Champion Court in the Jewson 23/02/12
Given that the inaugural running of the Jewson Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival – not to be mistaken for the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase – was last season, there isn’t a great deal to go on in terms of statistics.

Exciting Novice Championships In Prospect 22/02/12
Details are revealed today of the horses going forward for the championship contests for novices at The Festival following the February 21 scratchings deadline.

Cheltenham to Start Watering for Festival 22/02/12
Simon Claisse, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Cheltenham Racecourse has said that they will start watering the course today.

Simonsig Should Take High Rank in the Supreme 21/02/12
In contrast to the last three renewals of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, this season’s running of the original Cheltenham Festival curtain-raiser lacks a dominant force in the ante-post market with, at the time of writing, most bookies going 7-1 or bigger the field.

Venture Capital Has Perfect Investment Profile for Champion Bumper 19/02/12
The Weatherbys Champion Bumper is not one of the easier puzzles to solve but it is perhaps easier to judge a long way out than the novice hurdles.

Sprinter Sacre the Pick of the Cheltenham Bound Youngsters 17/02/12
With so much excitement currently surrounding the many talented young chasers on the National Hunt scene, the Novice races at the Cheltenham Festival are some of the most eagerly awaited in years.

Nicky Henderson Closing In On Festival Winners Record 17/02/12
Trainer Nicky Henderson saddled two winners at The Festival in 2011, including a first Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup with Long Run, taking his overall record at the meeting to 39 winners. New sponsor at Cheltenham Festival 2012 16/02/12
Sports Betting Community site are proud to confirm their sponsorship of the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival.

Top Guns All On Course for Championship Contests 15/02/12
The Festival 2012 is now under a month away and the countdown intensifies today with the publication of the acceptors for the five non-novice championship contests following the February 14 scratchings deadline.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Trends 07/02/12
The Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup takes place on Friday, 16th March and is highlight of the Festival for many. The fourth day is generally sold out in anticipation of a great spectacle and the race rarely fails to deliver.

Long Run Heads Denman Chase Eleven 06/02/12
Long Run could face up to 10 top class rivals as he bids to chalk up his first victory of the season in the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury on Saturday.

Sizing Europe Impressive in Tied Cottage Chase 06/02/12
Sizing Europe looked as good, if not better than last year, in thrashing one of his main Cheltenham rivals in the Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown.

Wikis Point to Batonnier in Neptune Investments Hurdle 06/02/12
The Neptune Investments Novices Hurdle is certainly not the easiest race to crack and with 118-entries, it is especially hard ante-post. The winner is in there somewhere though so let’s look at some of the key trends.

Top-Class Entries for Championship Novice Hurdles 02/02/12
Cheltenham is set to host some outstanding championship contests for novice hurdlers at The Festival in 2012 after entries were revealed today.

Hurricane Fly Cruises to Champion Hurdle Victory 29/01/12
Hurricane Fly made a brilliant seasonal reappearance to land back-to-back victories in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Thousand Stars the Value in World Hurdle 27/01/12
It’s almost inconceivable that Big Buck’s will be toppled when he goes to post for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on March 13.

Fantastic 56 for Jewson Novices’ Chase 27/01/12
Following a superb inaugural running in 2011, this year’s Grade Two Jewson Novices’ Chase has attracted a fantastic 56-strong entry. The contest, run over two and a half miles, is one of the highlights of St Patrick’s Thursday at The Festival on March 15.

27 for Racing Post Arkle Chase 26/01/12
The £130,000 Grade One Racing Post Arkle Chase, run over two miles on the opening day of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 13, has attracted 27 entries for its 2012 renewal.

Irish Well Represented in RSA Chase
The £130,000 Grade One RSA Chase, run over an extended three miles on the second day of The Festival, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 14 has attracted 36 entries.

Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase Attracts 79 26/01/12
The £75,000 Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase, run over four miles, opens proceedings on the second day of The Festival, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 14 and has attracted 79 entries.

Exciting Novice Chases In Prospect 26/01/12
A new sponsor and some top-class entries are revealed today for the four non-handicap championship novice chases staged at The Festival from Tuesday to Friday, March 13 to 16 at Cheltenham.

Ones To Watch On Cheltenham Trials Day 26/01/12
A cracking days racing lies in prospect at Cheltenham on Saturday with a number of Cheltenham Trials to get stuck into as well the huge box office attraction which comes in the form of the brilliant Big Bucks who will be running in the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle.

Elsworth Suggests Ryanair Chase the Race for Somersby 26/01/12
Jockey Dominic Elsworth clearly has a very soft spot for Henrietta Knight's talented chaser Somersby, the horse who gave him his first Grade 1 success when bravely landing the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot.

Cue Card Best of the Wiki Positives for Arkle 24/01/12
The Irish Independent Arkle Trophy looks right up to standard this year with some really decent novice chasers set to line-up.

Eyebrows Raised as Bobs Worth Given World Hurdle Entry 23/01/12
The surprise entry of Bobs Worth into the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival on March 15 has resulted in an interesting reshuffle of prices for the race.

Champagne Fever Heads Champion Bumper Betting 23/01/12
The Willie Mullins trained Champagne Fever has been made favourite for the Champion Bumper following his impressive 13 length victory at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Nicholls Delighted With Al Ferof 23/01/12
Paul Nicholls has spoken of his delight at the performance of Al Ferof at Ascot on Saturday, despite the horse only managing third position.

Quevega the Festival Banker 21/01/12
The David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle is one of the newer races at the festival and as such, trends are not yet mature for the final race on day one.

Somersby On Course for Ryanair Chase 21/01/12
Somersby was the pride of Ascot after getting the better of Finian's Rainbow and Al Ferof in a thrilling climax to the Victor Chandler Chase.

Restless Harry May Take on Big Buck's in World Hurdle 20/01/12
Restless Harry was ninth behind Big Buck’s in last year’s Ladbrokes World Hurdle and could go for this year's renewal at The Festival on St Patrick’s Thursday, March 15.

Hurricane Fly Heads for Stan James Champion Hurdle 19/01/12
Defending champion Hurricane Fly features among a total of 27 entries for this year’s £370,000 Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle, highlight of the first day of The Festival at Cheltenham, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 13.

St Patrick’s Day Derby Riders Announced 16/01/12
Cheltenham Racecourse has announced the 12 riders that will take part in the St Patrick’s Derby at The Festival, in aid of Cancer Research UK. The Flat race, over one mile and five furlongs, takes place on Thursday, March 15, run as the seventh race of the day at 5.15pm.

The Stars Line Up for Gold Cup Show Down 11/01/12
Great rivals Long Run and Kauto Star head Coral's betting for the Cheltenham Gold Cup at 5-2 and 4-1 respectively, following the latest entry stage for the jumping showpiece. Top novice Grand Crus is next at 9-1, ahead of Synchronised at 10-1.

Big Names in Queen Mother Picture 12/01/12
Previous winners Sizing Europe and Big Zeb feature among 19 entries for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on March 14.

Albertas Run Heads 38 Possibles for Ryanair 12/01/12
Dual winner Albertas Run heads the 38 entries for the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham on March 15.

Elliott Warns Against Backing Don Cossack for Champion Bumper 13/01/12
Irish trainer Gordon Elliott has issued a clear warning to punters planning to back his Don Cossack for the Cheltenham Festival Bumper in mid-March.

Big Buck's Set for Cleeve Hurdle Outing 10/01/12
Racing fans might very well have expected that they wouldn't see the mighty Big Buck's again until he attempts to land a fourth successive Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, but champion trainer Paul Nicholls has pencilled in a run in the Cleeve Hurdle.

Baby Mix Aims for More Cheltenham Success on Festival Trials Day09/01/12
Cheltenham hosts an enthralling seven-race card on Festival Trials Day, Saturday, January 28, which is the last fixture at the home of Jump racing before The Festival in March.

Naas Winners Take Another Step on the Road to Cheltenham 09/01/12
Noel Meade’s Monksland took a step up in class and came away with an easy success in the Grade Two Slaney Novice Hurdle at Naas on Sunday.

Cheltenham Festival Aspirations 08/01/12
Alan King reckons Hold On Julio could be heading to the Cheltenham Festival, following his second runaway victory at Sandown on Saturday, with the JLT Specialty Chase being the likely target.

2012 Cross Country Chase - Mullins to Take Over? 08/01/12
The Glenfarclas Cross Country race at the festival is a bit of a marmite type of affair and on too many occasions, races on this unusual bank course are marred by the jockeys being unable to successfully navigate the complex course layout.

2012 Coral Cup Wikis Point to Bothy & Third Intention 06/01/12
The Coral Cup held on the Wednesday at Cheltenham is one of the bigger betting races of the festival and with a maximum field, this handicap is always competitive.

Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase 06/01/12
Cheltenham Racecourse is to rename the 2012 running of the National Hunt Chase at The Festival in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Festive Results Cause Cheltenham Market Changes 04/01/12
As it always does, the Festive season gave National Hunt racing fans a huge amount of entertainment but there was only one horse that captured the headlines over Christmas.

Captain Chris Backed to Upset Gold Cup Big Two 04/01/12
Captain Chris is 14-1 (from 20-1) with Coral for the Gold Cup, after the King George third was well-backed to reverse Kempton placings with Kauto Star and Long Run.

Champion Chase Wikis Point to Sizing Europe 02/01/12
The 2012 running of the Champion Chase could be a small-field affair as many of those in the ante-post betting list are shorter for the Ryanair.

Jardine Lloyd Thompson and William Hill 2012 Festival Sponsors 22/12/11
Cheltenham Racecourse today announced that Jardine Lloyd Thompson, the UK’s leading international risk specialists and employee benefits consultants, and William Hill, the leading betting and gaming company, will both be sponsoring races on the opening day of The Festival, Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

Grandouet Day for Nicky Henderson 10/12/11
Grandouet staked a big claim for the Champion Hurdle with an emphatic victory in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Overturn Makes Newcastle History 26/11/11
Overturn could have another crack at the Champion Hurdle after making history at Newcastle.

Gauvain Throws His Hat into Champion Chase Ring 15/11/11
Nick Williams' classy chaser Gauvain put up an impressive performance on his seasonal bow at Cheltenham on Sunday when proving far too good for the hot favourite Woolcombe Folly in the Schloer Chase.

Steps To Freedom On Road to Festival 11/11/11
Steps To Freedom could head straight to the Festival meeting after edging out Prospect Wells in the Opus Energy Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Quito De La Roque Claims Down Royal Spoils 05/11/11
Quito De La Roque marked himself as an early Cheltenham Gold Cup contender with a stunning last-gasp victory in the Champion Chase at Down Royal.

Long Run Clear Favourite to Retain his Cheltenham Gold Cup Crown 27/10/11
As the National Hunt season begins to hit top gear we thought we'd take a look at the current betting for the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Hurricane Fly Out To Replicate Last Season's Glories 17/10/11
Hurricane Fly, the winner of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March is set to make his seasonal debut in a few weeks time in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown on 20th November.

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.

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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 seven horses have won more than once, and the most recent of them is Kauto Star in 2007 and 2009. The others were Best Mate (2002/03/04), 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). All the successes were in consecutive years except for Kauto Star, the only horse to regain the title. Cheltenham Festival is one of the highlights of the English sporting year. Cheltenham Festival 2012 promises to be no different. Will Kauto Star again be the star of the party?
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