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Tuesday 11th - Friday 14th March 2014

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.

Cheltenham: Home of the Best British Racing 14/02/14
In horse racing circles, the prestige of the Cheltenham Festival is essentially without parallel, here we shed some light on this under-loved horse racing spectacular.

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.

Alderwood Makes it 14 for Ireland in Johnny Henderson 15/03/13
With British and Irish stables 13-all going into The Festival finale, the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase, it was Alderwood, trained by Tom Mullins, who broke the deadlock in favour of the raiders with a record Irish score of 14.

Salubrious Captures Martin Pipe Hurdle 15/03/13
Paul Nicholls had to wait until the penultimate race of the whole meeting but Salubrious got the champion trainer off the mark at Cheltenham in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.

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Salsify Snatches Dramatic Foxhunter 15/03/13
Salsify was a dramatic winner of the CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup at Cheltenham after Oscar Delta unseated Jane Mangan when leading on the run-in.

Bobs Worth Strikes Gold 15/03/13
Bobs Worth won a thrilling renewal of the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup for Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty.

At Fishers Cross Wins Albert Bartlett 15/03/13
Fishers Cross justifies the strong support to land the Albert Bartlett, giving Tony McCoy his first winner of the week.

Ted Veale Wins County Hurdle 15/03/13
Tony Martin and Bryan Cooper teamed up for their second Cheltenham winner in two days when Ted Veale reeled in long-time leader Tennis Cap in the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle.

Our Conor Outclasses JCB Triumph Hurdle Field 15/03/13
Our Conor put up a scintillating display to run away with the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase 14/03/13
Big Shu led home an Irish benefit in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham for Peter Maher and jockey Barry Cash.

Same Difference Sneaks Kim Muir 14/03/13
Nigel Twiston-Davies landed his second winner of the Cheltenham Festival when Same Difference edged out Super Duty in a thrilling finish to the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

Carrickboy Scores in Byrne Group Plate 14/03/13
Carrickboy made just about every yard to land the Byrne Group Plate at the Cheltenham Festival.

Solwhit Wins World Hurdle 14/03/13
Solwhit arrived late on the scene to deny the Stewart family a fairytale victory with Celestial Halo in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Cue Card Dominates in Ryanair Chase 14/03/13
Cue Card made all to claim a second Cheltenham Festival success for Colin and Joe Tizzard in the Ryanair Chase.

Benefficient Spoils Dynaste Jewson Party 14/03/13
Benefficient produced a gutsy performance to land the Jewson Novices' Chase, the opening event on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Holywell Wins Pertemps Final 14/03/13
Holywell broke a frustrating run of second place finishes where it mattered most when holding on to win the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival.

Briar Hill Lands Champion Bumper 13/03/13
Willie Mullins claimed the Weatherbys Champion Bumper for an eighth time at the Cheltenham Festival courtesy of Briar Hill.

Flaxen Flare Strikes in Fred Winter 13/03/13
Flaxen Flare gave Ireland another winner at the Cheltenham Festival with a convincing 25-1 success in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

Medinas Wins Coral Cup Glory 13/03/13
Medinas sprang a 33-1 surprise for jockey Wayne Hutchinson and trainer Alan King in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham.

Sprinter Sacre Cruises to Champion Chase Crown 13/03/13
Sprinter Sacre opens up a seven-length lead on Sizing Europe and draws further clear as he pings the last and storms up the hill without even coming off the bridle. That's a phenomenal performance from a very, very special horse. He's massacred this field ...

Lord Windermere Wins RSA Chase 13/03/13
Triple Gold Cup-winning rider Jim Culloty enjoyed Festival success as a trainer when Lord Windermere took the RSA Chase at Cheltenham.

The New One Storms Home in Neptune 13/03/13
The New One provided local trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies with a Festival winner when storming away to land the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle, bursting the bubble of Pont Alexandre in the process.

Back In Focus Sees Out National Hunt Chase 13/03/13
Back In Focus put up a determined staying performance to give trainer Willie Mullins his fourth winner of this year's Cheltenham Festival in the John Oaksey National Hunt Chase.

Quevega Queen of Mares for a Fifth Time 12/03/13
Quevega made it a remarkable five-timer in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle with a thrilling victory at the Cheltenham Festival.

Rajdhani Express Wins Rewards4Racing Novices' Handicap Chase 12/03/13
Sam Waley-Cohen punched out Rajdhani Express to claim a thrilling triumph in the Rewards4Racing Novices' Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

Hurricane Fly Regains Champion Hurdle 12/03/13
Hurricane Fly regained his Stan James Champion Hurdle crown with what was in the end a commanding victory at the Cheltenham Festival.

Golden Chieftain Bolts Up in JLT Specialty Chase 12/03/13
Jockey Brendan Powell jnr enjoyed his first Cheltenham Festival winner when storming to victory on Golden Chieftain in the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase.

Simonsig Battles to Arkle Chase Win 12/03/13
Red-hot favourite Simonsig was made to pull out all the stops to claim the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.

Champagne Fever Blazes Supreme Trail 12/03/13
The Festival curtain raiser provided a thrilling contest with Champagne Fever winning the Supreme Novices Hurdle in the hands of Ruby Walsh ahead of My Tent Or Yours in second and Jezki third.

Dozen on Course for Cheltenham Gold Cup 09/03/13
Exciting second-season chasers Bobs Worth, Silviniaco Conti and Sir Des Champs feature among 12 six-day confirmations for the £550,000 Grade One Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup (3.20pm), highlight of Cheltenham Gold Cup Day at The Festival, Friday, March 15.

Sprinter Sacre Tops 10 Remaining in Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase 08/03/13
Nicky Henderson's jumping superstar Sprinter Sacre heads the 10 contenders for the £365,760 Grade One Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.20pm), the highlight of Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 13.

Coral Go Evens Sprinter Sacre in Biggest Ever Cheltenham Offer 07/03/13
Coral is launching the biggest and potentially most expensive Cheltenham offer in the firm’s history by offering Even money on Sprinter Sacre for the Champion Chase, and are announcing that they will hold this price for ‘days rather than hours’, starting from 9am, today, Thursday 7th March.

Trio of Former Winners Heading for Champion Hurdle Clash 07/03/13
Hot favourite Hurricane Fly heads 10 horses going forward for this year’s £400,000 Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle at the six-day confirmation stage for Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12.

Old Stager Fair Along Out to Land Pertemps Hurdle 06/03/13
The ultra-tough and consistent hurdler, Fair Along, will return to the forthcoming Cheltenham Festival having become a regular at the showcase event since 2006.

Final Festival Entries Revealed 27/02/13
Entries for all 27 races at The Festival are now in the public domain with the unveiling of the contenders for the Grade Two OLBG Mares' Hurdle, the Grade One Weatherbys Champion Bumper and the CGA Foxhunter Chase today.

Overturn Ready to Upset Simonsig Apple-Cart 27/02/13
Donald McCain is confident that his star novice chaser Overturn has a good chance of toppling the red-hot favourite Simonsig in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham on the opening day of the Festival, Tuesday, March 12.

Look to Adonis Hurdle for Cheltenham Festival Clues 22/02/13
When you think of Cheltenham trials, the Adonis Hurdle isn't one of the most obvious races to turn to for Festival clues but the two mile juvenile contest has produced a number of useful performers down the years that have gone on to Cheltenham Festival glory.

Record Entries for Cheltenham Handicaps 21/02/13
A new record total of 1,145 entries was revealed today for the 11 handicaps at The Festival, which takes place at Cheltenham from Tuesday, March 12 to Friday, March 15 inclusive.

Novice Events Take Shape With 20 Days To Go 20/02/13
There are only 20 days until The Festival 2013 gets underway and the build up continues with the unveiling of the latest confirmations for the eight outstanding novices' hurdles and novices' chases run over the four days, March 12 to 15 inclusive.

Ruby Sparkles in Build-up to Title Defence 19/02/13
Rock On Ruby, winner of last season’s Stan James Champion Hurdle, continues to please his trainer, Harry Fry, as he builds up to the defence of his hurdling crown on the opening day of the next month’s Cheltenham Festival.

Festival Glory Boost to Flourishing Career of Rebecca Curtis 14/02/13
Trainer Rebecca Curtis goes into the Cheltenham Festival hoping to build on her breakthrough success at last year's event with At Fishers Cross, the current favourite for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.

Henderson Leads The Pack At The Festival 14/02/13
Trainer Nicky Henderson saddled a record seven winners at The Festival in 2012, taking his total successes at the meeting to 46.

Cheltenham Championship Contests Take Shape 13/02/13
There is now just under four weeks until The Festival 2013 gets underway and the countdown intensifies today with the unveiling of the latest acceptors for the five Grade One championship contests following the February 12 scratchings deadline.

Bay Increasingly Likely to Target World Hurdle 12/02/13
The high-class and tremendously versatile old stager, Tidal Bay, looks increasingly likely to bid for the Grade 1 Ladbrokes World Hurdle at next month’s Cheltenham Festival, in preference to having another crack at the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Cheltenham Hopefuls Look to Put Finishing Touches to Preparations at Newbury 07/02/13
My Tent Or Yours has been heavily-backed in the ante-post markets for this weekend's feature race, the Betfair Hurdle, at Newbury on Saturday but can the exciting six-year-old thrust joy back into the Nicky Henderson camp after the fatal fall of Darlan?

Sizing Europe Imperious in Tied Cottage Chase 03/02/13
Henry de Bromhead's chaser demonstrated that he still has plenty to offer in whichever Cheltenham Festival race connections opt for.

Captain Conan Stepping Up for Jewson Challenge 01/02/13
Nicky Henderson's Captain Conan will attempt two and a half miles over fences for the first time on Saturday, February 2, when he lines up in the Betfred Mobile Lotto Challengers Novices' Chase at Sandown.

Exciting Championship Novice Hurdles Entries for The Festival
31/01/13
The entries have been revealed revealed for the four championship novices’ hurdles run at the Cheltenham Festival from Tuesday, March 12, to Friday, March 15.

Rolling Star Tops Triumph Hurdle Contenders 30/01/13
The market for the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, on Friday, March 15, is now taking shape with more juveniles having had a run, and a few more to make their debut in the coming weeks.

Great Novice Chase Entries at the Festival 24/01/13
The entries are revealed today for the four novice chases staged at The Festival from Tuesday, March 12, to Friday, March 15.

Jezki to Make Supreme Start at Festival 24/01/13
The Grade 1 William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle is the first event on Tuesday 12th March, the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival and it promises to be an intriguing affair.

Cue Card On Target for Ryanair Chase 15/01/13
Cue Card is a general 6-1 chance for the two-mile-five-furlong Ryanair Chase, the most likely target at the Cheltenham Festival.

Sprinter Sacre Heads Champion Chase 17 10/01/13
Sprinter Sacre, who recorded a scintillating victory in the Racing Post Arkle Chase at Cheltenham last year, heads 17 entries for the Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase, the highlight of Ladies Day at The Festival on Wednesday, March 13.

CGA New Sponsor of Foxhunter Chase 09/01/13
Cheltenham Racecourse has announced that the Country Gentlemen’s Association (CGA) is to sponsor the CGA Foxhunter Steeplechase at The Festival, in a five-year deal starting in 2013.

Simonsig Strengthens his Grip on Arkle Trophy Favouritism 04/01/13
Nicky Henderson has an embarrassment of equine riches on his hands at the moment with the likes of Long Run, Darla, Sprinter Sacre and Bob’s Worth, but his Simonsig will be a banker for many punters at March’s Festival.

Cheltenham Names 2013 National Hunt Chase in Honour of John Oaksey 21/12/12
Cheltenham Racecourse will name the 2013 running of the National Hunt Chase at The Festival in honour of the late John Oaksey, who died at the age of 83 on September 5 this year.

Quevega Installed New Ante-Post Favourite for World Hurdle 19/12/12
Quevega has been installed the new-ante-post favourite for the Grade 1 Ladbrokes World Hurdle with defending champion Big Buck’s out of the reckoning.

Plenty of Festival Clues and Market Moves Following the International Meeting 17/12/12
There were plenty of clues on offer at Prestbury Park over the weekend for anybody looking to untangle the antepost markets ahead of the Cheltenham Festival in March as the two day International Meeting took centre stage at the Gloucestershire track.

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