Cheltenham Festival Guide 2017
The Cheltenham Festival 2017 is not only the highlight of the UK and Irish National Hunt (jumps) racing season but it’s also a world-class sporting event. This Cheltenham Festival Guide 2017 will tell you everything you need to know about the event, including the races’ history, who’s involved and even fashion advice. The four-day feast of horseracing attracts equine competitors and spectators from all over the world.
The Festival runs across Tuesday – CHAMPION DAY, Wednesday – LADIES DAY, Thursday – ST PATRICK’S THURSDAY, and Friday – CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP DAY, 14th to 17th March 2017, and this year has record total prize money of over £4.3 million.
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The Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most valuable non-handicap chase in Britain. The total prize money for the 2017 running will be £575,000.
The National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase was first run in 1959 and the Queen Mother’s name was added to the race title in 1980, the year of her 80th birthday.
The RSA Chase is run with its current title for the ninth time this year.
The Racing Post Arkle Chase was inaugurated with its current title in 1969, after Arkle’s three wins in the Cheltenham Gold Cup (1964–66).
The John Oaksey National Hunt Chase has been run more times than any other race at The Festival.
The JCB Triumph Hurdle was run at Hurst Park and transferred to Cheltenham in 1965 on the closure of the London course.
The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is run over three miles and was added to The Festival in 2005.
The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle was introduced to The Festival in 1971 as the Aldsworth Hurdle.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle was known as the Gloucestershire Hurdle until 1974.