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.

PLEASE KEEP CHECKING BACK AS THIS GUIDE IS UPDATED REGULARLY….

Cheltenham Festival 2017 – Racing timetable/order of running

Betting Tips

The tipster with the golden touch Dean ‘Midas’ Maynard presents his selections for Day One of The Festival

Dean’s selections for Day Two of The Festival – Ladies’ Day

Dean’s selections for Day Three of The Festival – St Patrick’s Thursday

Dean’s selections for the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Racing Spotlight

Entries revealed for the Championship Novices’ Hurdles

Harry Skelton hoping for another Superb Story at The Festival

Top novices among champion acceptors for The Festival

Handicap entries for The Festival revealed

Douvan among 15 for Queen Mother Champion Chase

News

New Leading Owner award to be presented at The Festival

Phil Tufnell and Hector O hEochagain lead Cup Teams at 2017 Cheltenham Festival

Best season means strong de Bromhead team for The Festival 

Redknapp volunteers to take part in heart rate experiment at The Festival

Fashion

What to wear to Cheltenham: Fashion Favourites for the Festival

Ten Top Tips to help you feel fashionable yet comfortable at The Festival

Race Histories

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Gold Cup Facts and Figures

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.

Queen Mother Champion Chase Facts and Figures

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.

RSA Chase Facts

The RSA Chase is run with its current title for the ninth time this year.

The Arkle Chase Facts

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).

National Hunt Chase Facts

The John Oaksey National Hunt Chase has been run more times than any other race at The Festival.

Triumph Hurdle Facts and Figures

The JCB Triumph Hurdle was run at Hurst Park and transferred to Cheltenham in 1965 on the closure of the London course.

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Facts and Figures

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is run over three miles and was added to The Festival in 2005.

Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Facts and Figures

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.

Keep checking back for updates to the Cheltenham Festival Guide 2017.

Sarah Elsley

Sarah Elsley is a freelance editor and proofreader who is the Junior News Editor for Eclipse magazine. She has a degree in English Literature and is a keen horse rider with an interest in fashion at the races and fiction writing.