The Cheltenham Festival 2018 is fast approaching as this iconic horse racing event will be held from March 13 to 16, 2018. This festival attracts horse racing enthusiasts from around the world and it is estimated that around 200,000 fans will be coming to the event over the four days. This is in addition to the huge number of fans who get to enjoy the racing action through television or Internet live streams. The Cheltenham races 2018 event comprises almost 30 races and more than 500 horses competing in these events will take a share of the £6 million prize money on offer.
Apart from the convergence of the fans, this event also witnesses some of the top horses, jockeys, and trainers competing for the top honour. Even though the event is over in just four days, it manages to provide an exhilarating experience for all involved. The racing action is split up into four days with each day receiving a number of chase and hurdle events. No single day can be highlighted, as each of the Cheltenham Festival races happens to possess one highlight event. Unlike in some of the festivals that feature one or two top races, most of the races at the Cheltenham Festival belong to the Grade 1.
|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 UniBet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy||2m abt ½f||Hurdle|
|16:10||The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race||2m abt 4f||Hurdle|
|16:50||The J T McNamara 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|
The first day of the Cheltenham Festival is all about six races. The most important event of the day happens to be the Champion Hurdle – a Grade 1 race which is set over 2 miles. It takes place at 15:20. While this is undoubtedly the best event of the day, it is also supplemented by other top races like the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle at 13:30. This race is also conducted just over 2 miles. The Cheltenham Festival race times for the Arkle Challenge Trophy is 14:10. Once again, this race is also around 2 miles in distance.
Apart from the Grade 1 races, there are also a few races that drop down but still manage to offer exciting racing action. Among those are the Novices’ Handicap Chase and National Hunt Chase. While these events may not be as great as the Champion Hurdle, they are more than capable of providing top racing action in comparison to most of the races around the world.
Interestingly, the National Hunt Chase happens to be the oldest event of the Cheltenham race schedule. At the same time, it is also the longest event of the festival and it makes it extremely hard to predict without the assistance of tips. Since these horses are novices and the riders are amateurs, only one of the favourites has gone on to win the event in recent times. The event starts at 17:30 and is the last event of the day.
|13:30||The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race||2m abt 5f||Hurdle|
|14:10||The RSA Steeple Chase||3m abt ½f||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|
The second day of the Cheltenham races fixtures is just as important as the first day. Undoubtedly, the pinnacle of the second day or the Ladies Day happens to be the Queen Mother Champion Chase. This Grade 1 event is run over a distance of 2 miles with the runners having to jump over 12 fences. It is easily the highlight of the ladies day and it begins at 15:30. The highly competitive nature of this event makes it extremely difficult to call a winner. The Cheltenham racecourse will also witness this race being followed up by the Coral Cup, which will be over 2 miles and five furlongs. Several runners usually take part in the event which is also difficult to predict due to its thrilling nature. This event takes place at 14:50 and is run over a distance of just over 2 miles.
The Neptune Investment Hurdle at 13:30 and the Royal Sun Alliance Chase at 14:10 are the races that will provide enormous entertainment value, as both are highly competitive and will feature superstars from the world of hurdling. Over the years, the RSA Chase has often produced the high-quality winners with Denman being the most prominent after the success in 2007. This RSA Chase is one of the longest events today. The racing action closes with the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at 17:30.
|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 Sun Bets Stayers’ 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||3m abt 2f||Chase|
St Patrick’s Day is one of the key dates for Cheltenham Festival 2018 as it marks the third day of the races. The feature race today happens to be the Stayers’ Hurdle at 15:30. This race is used to crown the top horse of the hurdles division. This is not the only ultra-competitive race today, as such title could also go to Ryanair Chase. This event takes place at 14:50 and it comes just after the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle. The first race of the day will be the JLT Novices’ Handicap, which is scheduled to take place at 13:30.
The Cheltenham Festival race times are dominated by these events up until the evening, and the day closes up with the Kim Muir Challenge Cup at 17:30. This also happens to be the longest race of the day at 3 miles and 2 furlongs. Just prior to this event, fans get to witness a selection of the top mares going up against each other in the Mares Novices’ Hurdle at 16:50. It is difficult to disregard any race on St Patrick’s Day, as all have the potential to be a thriller. Most of the races will feature a larger field and the races will go to the distance. There is an even amount of chase and hurdle events today.
|13:30||The JCB Triumph Hurdle||2m abt 1f||Hurdle|
|14:10||The Randox Health 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 2½f||Chase|
|16:10||The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup||3m abt 2½f||Chase|
|16:50||The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race||2m abt 4½f||Hurdle|
|17:30||The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup||2m abt ½f||Hurdle|
The undisputed top dog with regard to the Cheltenham Festival happens to take place on the final day – Gold Cup day. As the name suggests, the Cheltenham races tickets 2018 will focus on a single event – Cheltenham Gold Cup. This is the premier event which is over 3 miles and 2 furlongs long. It is scheduled to take place at 15:30 and the winner gets to go home with a magnificent price.
The day’s action begins with the Triumph Hurdle that will take place at 13:30. This hurdle event is just over 2 miles in length. Often, this race features a large field that makes the race go to the very edge.
A difficult handicap on the final day could be the Country Hurdle and this race often attracts plenty of interest from punters. Once this is done and dusted, the event starts getting more attention as the Gold Cup approaches. Regarded as one of the greatest horse racing events, the Gold Cup not only witnesses some of the top horses from around the world, it also gets the highest number of Cheltenham 2018 tips. The race demands every aspect – from speed to technique – to be perfect. The day, and indeed the Cheltenham Festival, concludes with the Grand Annual Chase at 17:30. It is preceded by the Conditional Jockeys Hurdle, which happens to be one of the top jumping stages for horses, at 16:50.
Thus, one of the top events in the world concludes and also paves way for the Grand National.