GUIDE TO THE FESTIVAL AT CHELTENHAM
The Cheltenham Festival is not only the highlight of the UK and Irish National Hunt (jumps) racing season but it’s also a world-class sporting event.
The four-day feast of horseracing attracts equine competitors and spectators from all over the world.
The Festival at Cheltenham runs during Tuesday – CHAMPIONS DAY, Wednesday – LADIES’ DAY, Thursday – ST PATRICK’S THURSDAY and Friday – CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP DAY, 10th to 13th March, 2015.
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FAVOURITES FROM THE ARCHIVE
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The Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most valuable non-handicap chase in Britain. The total prize money for the 2014 running will be £550,000.
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 fifth time this year, although the race is backed by one of Cheltenham’s longest-running sponsors.
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 Jewson Novices’ Chase was introduced at The Festival in 2011.
The Ladbrokes World Hurdle is one of the youngest races at The Festival.