The Cheltenham Festival 2018 Preview

Cheltenham Festival 2018 Preview
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Cheltenham Festival Preview

For four days each March, the Cheltenham Festival becomes to the centre of the universe for all racing fans. The festival is recognised as the pinnacle of the national hunt season and brings with it an experience of a life time. Owners and trainers bring horses from far and wide sharing the same dream: to step into the winner’s enclosure at the Cheltenham Festival and claim the plaudits at the Home of Jump Racing.

Festival fever attracts 260,000 passionate racegoers to Cheltenham Racecourse over the four days, which is transformed into a vibrant hub of all things National Hunt to celebrate the festivities.

Tuesday – Champion Day

The opening day brings with it the tension and anticipation for the week ahead once the famous Cheltenham roar goes up as the tape goes up for the first race. The championship race on day one is the most important hurdle race of the year – the Champion Hurdle. Current favourite Buveur D’Air is the hot favourite to repeat his victory in this race, but many racing fans will be hoping that Rugby Walsh will steer Faugheen the machine to return to form and reclaim the Champion Hurdle in the pink and green silks of Rich Ricci. Run at a fast and frantic pace, it will not only getting your pulse racing it will promote a horse to superstar status.

Wednesday – Ladies’ Day

Ladies’ day brings the glitz and glamour to the festival. Best dressed awards throughout the day and a touch of class means this is a day like no other in racing. The main race of the day is the Champion Chase, run over two miles and tests the very best horses jumping skills whilst running at over 30 miles per hour. Currently at the head of the market is Nicky Henderson’s ultra-impressive Altior, who could line up against Willie Mullins enigmatic Douvan, stablemates Min and Yorkhill, and Paul Nicholls’ improving stable star Politilogue in this exciting renewal of the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Some say it only the horse with the most class wins the Champion Chase; a notably fitting tone for this glamourous day at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Thursday – St. Patrick’s Thursday

An expected 20,000 Irish racing fans are due to make the pilgrimage across the Irish Sea to the Home of Jump Racing this March for St. Patrick’s Thursday, when the Cheltenham Festival explodes into a sea of green. Irish music playing loud and proud in the Guinness Village is at the heart of the festivities and the fun atmosphere that comes with St. Patrick’s Day make it an experience that all can enjoy. The race of the day is the Stayers Hurdle which is run over 3 miles and provides a true stamina test where only the toughest will prevail. 

The ante post favourite for this race is currently up and coming star Sam Spinner, but in a wide open renewal with plenty of chances including Supasundae, L’Ami Serge, Penhill and Unowhatimeanharry, this will be one of the trickier puzzles to solve.

Friday – Gold Cup Day

The final day of the festival brings with it the most prestigious race – the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The racing not only features the blue riband event of the National Hunt season, but also the youngest horses of the week running in the Champion Bumper and the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. The sense of anticipation and excitement is palpable as millions around the world tune in to see the Cheltenham Gold Cup champion crowned once more. Contenders for the 2018 Gold Cup include the quirky-but-talented RSA Chase winner Might Bite, lat year’s winner Sizing John along with Native River and Irish raiders Road To Respect, Our Duke, Coney Island, Minella Rocco and Disko, plus a host of other potentials in behind.

Whatever the outcome, the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup will need the perfect blend of speed, stamina, technique and class to confirm their place in the history books. Live music and a range of bars and track side Cheltenham Festival hospitality facilities offering a range of the finest products it really is one of the greatest days in the sporting year and will leave you wanting to do it all over again.

You can secure your official Cheltenham Festival hospitality packages and private boxes at Cheltenham Racecourse, providing your guests with access to the official corporate hospitality suites at the heart of the action and enjoy a memorable day of jump racing at the greatest show on turf.