Cheltenham Festival 201714.03.17-17.03.17
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Cheltenham Festival 2017

2017 is just around the corner, which means that the Cheltenham Festival is fast approaching. At least those who enjoy watching horse racing will have something to smile about come next year. Bryn Terfel and CBSO amongst the first names announced for the incredible Cheltenham Festival 2017. Members booking opens 30 Nov from 1 pm; Public booking opens Friday 2 Dec from 1 pm.

Race shedule
Time 1 Race Distance Type
13:30 The Sky Bet Supereme Novices’ Hurdle Race 2m abt ½f Hurdle
14:10 The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase abt 2m Chase
14:50 The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase 3m abt 1f Chase
15:30 The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 2m abt ½f Hurdle
16:10 The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race 2m abt 4f Hurdle
16:50 146th Year Of The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) abt 4m Chase
17:30 The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase 2m abt 4½f Chase
Time Race Distance Type
13:30 TThe Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race 2m abt 5f Hurdle
14:10 The RSA Steeple Chase 3m abt ½ f Chase
14:50 The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) 2m abt 5f Hurdle
15:30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase abt 2m Chase
16:10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase 3m 6f Chase
16:50 The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race 2m abt ½f Hurdle
17:30 The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) 2m abt ½f Bumper
Time Race Distance Type
13:30 The JLT Novices’ Chase 2m abt 4f Chase
14:10 The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) abt 3m Hurdle
14:50 The Ryanair Steeple Chase 2m abt 5f Chase
15:30 The Ryanair World Hurdle abt 3m Hurdle
16:10 The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) 2m abt 5f Chase
16:50 The Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle 2m abt 1f Hurdle
17:30 The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145) 3m abt 2f Chase
Time Race Distance Type
13:30 The JCB Triumph Hurdle 2m abt 1f Hurdle
14:10 The Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle Race 2m abt 1f Hurdle
14:50 The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race abt 3m Hurdle
15:30 The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase 3m abt 2½ f Chase
16:10 The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup 3m abt 2½ f Chase
16:50 The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race(0-145) 2m abt 4f Hurdle
17:30 The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup 2m abt 4f Hurdle
13:30 The sky Bet Supereme Novices’ Hurdle Race 2m abt ½ f Chase
Cheltenham festival 2017

The Cheltenham festival is a major horse racing event that attracts horse racing fanatics from different parts of the country. In fact, over 200, 000 people are set to attend next year’s Cheltenham Festival and will come to the event to watch professional jockeys, horse trainers and their owners competing for the honours in the world of horse racing. Including the racing fanatics, they will all come together in this exhilarating event to enjoy yet another action packed edition of sports extravaganza that features explosive horse jumping races and other events.

The whole festival is scheduled to last for 4 days, starting from 14th to 17th March 2017, and it promises lots of fun and excitement for those who will attend.

Race Dates

The Cheltenham festival is set to take place in 4 days. The whole event is divided into 4 events: The Champion day, Ladies day, St. Patrick ’s Day, and Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Cheltenham festival 2017 The Champion Day
Day one: The Champion Day

The first day of the festival features the important Champion Hurdle which involves 6 races. Here is the race schedule for the Champion’s day:

  • The Supreme Novice’s Hurdle Race is categorised as grade one race, and the race jockeys compete in just over 2 miles distance. The event is set to take place at 13:30 on 14th March.
  • Racing Post Arkle challenge Trophy Steeple Chase is the second race of the festival. It was named after one of its legendary competitors, Mr Arkle.  The race covers just about 2 miles, and it is scheduled to start at 14:10, the same day.
  • Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase is a grade 3 race and it is run slightly over 3 miles. Originally, it was titled the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase. It is scheduled to start at 14:40, same day.
  • Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge is a grade one racing contest and it is set for 2 miles. The event takes place at 15:20, the same day.
  • The OLBG Mares Hurdle is also a grade 1 contest covering slightly over 2 miles. It has nine hurdles. The race is scheduled to start at 16:10.
  • National Hunt Chase is one of the unique competitions in the festival. The interesting fact is that it not only runs for 4 miles, but all the competing horses are ridden by amateur jockeys. The race is set to begin at exactly 16:40.
  • Novice Handicap Chase is the last race of the Champion Day. It features many horses set to compete. It starts at 17:30 concluding the first day of the festival. The race is often quite thrilling.
  • Cheltenham festival 2017 Ladies Day
    Day two: Ladies Day

    Queen Mother Champion Chase will be held on the second day of the Cheltenham festival, which is the 15th of March. It will feature several competitions, and these are:

  • Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle race is run slightly over 2 miles as a grade 1 contest. It is scheduled to start at 13:30.
  • RSA Steeple Chase is a grade one race and is run over 3 miles. It is scheduled to begin at 14:10. The significance of this race is that it is considered a stepping stone to competing in the Champions Gold Cup. 
  • Coral Cup Hurdle race is run slightly over 2miles. It is one of the prominent handicap hurdle races in the festival. It is ranked a grade three contest. It is scheduled to start at 14:50.
  • BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase is run over a 2-mile distance with twelve fences for jumping over. The race is scheduled to begin at 15:30.
  • Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase race is run slightly over 3 miles with 32 obstacles. Only horses aged 5 and over are eligible to race. The contest begins at 16:10. 
  • Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is a handicap race run slightly over 2 miles and is reserved only for horses that are 4 years old. The race is set to begin at 16:50.
  • The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Open NH Flat Race) is open to horses that are 4-6 years old. It covers a distance of slightly above 2 miles and is ranked a grade 2 contest. It is scheduled to start at 17:30.
  • Cheltenham festival 2017 St. Patrick’s Day
    Day three: St. Patrick’s Day

    Set to correspond with St Patricks Thursday Day, the event will be marked with celebration. The festival will feature the Landbrokes World Hurdle, which is a collection of 7 racing events. They are as follows, respectively:

  • JLT Novices Steeple Chase is a 2m5f Grade 2 chase run listed weight-for-age. The prize-pool is £100,000. Should not be confused with the old Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase – because that one was renamed the Pulteney Land Investments Novices’ Handicap Chase
  • Pertemps Final Handicap is a Class A listed hurdle run over 3m. Only horses aged at least five are allowed and they have to qualify for this in different races in Britain and Ireland.
  • Ryanair Chase is a Class A Grade 1 chase run over 2m5f. Horses aged at least five are allowed and the total prize will be near the figure of £275,000. It replaced the Cathard Chase, but it restricts novices and 2nd season chasers.
  • World Hurdle – 15:30 – A Class A Grade 1 hurdle run over 3m and open to horses aged at least four. The total prize fund in 2017 will be £275,000.
  • Byrne Group Plate Handicap steeple chase is a Class A grade 3 handicap chase run over 2m5f for horses aged at least five. The total prize fund will be about £90,000. Formerly named The Festival Plate, it has proved to be a really successful race in recent years for the likes of David Pipe and Nicky Henderson.
  • Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase is a Class B handicap chase run over 3m1/2f which is open for horses aged at least five years old. The total prize fund will be about £60,000. Recent winners include Spring Heeled and Same Difference.
  • St. Patrick’s Derby (Charity Race)
  • Cheltenham festival 2017 Gold Cup Day
    Day four: Cheltenham Gold Cup Day

    This is the final day of the festival, and it features an explosive set of events. These racing competitions are listed below in their respective orders:

  • JCB Triumph hurdle is a Class A Grade 1 hurdle run over 2m1f. Only horses aged at least four years old are accepted (novices). The prize fund will be about £120,000.
  • Vincent O’Brien county handicap hurdle is a Class A Grade 3 hurdle run over 2m1f. It is open to horses at least five years old. The total prize fund will be about £80,000. Recent winners include Lac Fontana and Ted Veale.
  • Albert Bartlett novices’ hurdle is a Class A Grade 1 hurdle run over 3m. Only novices aged at least four have access. The total prize fund will be about £120,000.
  • Betfred Cheltenham gold cup steeplechase is a Class A Grade 1 chase run over 3m and 2.5f. Only horses aged at least five have access. The total prize fund will be a staggering £550,000.
  • Fox hunter steeplechase is a Class B chase run over 3m and 2.5f. There are special qualifying criteria to enter this race and is open only to horses aged at least five. The total prize fund is £40,000.
  • Marting pipe conditional jockeys handicap hurdle is quite a new addition to the Cheltenham Festival, being run over 2m and 4½f. The total prize fund is £50,000. Recent winners include Don Poli (2014) and Salubrious (2013).
  • Johny Henderson grand annual steeplechase is a Class A Grade 3 handicap chase run over 3m and 1/2f which is open to horses aged at least five. The total prize fund is £90,000. Recent winners include Savello (2014) and Alderwood (2013).
  • The Cheltenham festival offers loads of fun for horse race fanatics. The four days will be packed with exciting races. You cannot afford to miss this one.

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