Cheltenham Festival Prize Money: The Cheltenham Festival in March has received a significant prize money boost, leading to a new record total of £4,305,000 over the four days of the best of Jump racing.

The £190,000 input to prize money benefits 23 of the 28 races at The Festival, with the biggest increases going to the four novice chases.

The G1 Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase and the G1 RSA Novices’ Chase both are boosted by £25,000, with the total prize money of each rising to £175,000. There are £20,000 increases for the G1 JLT Novices’ Chase (to £150,000) and the JT McNamara National Hunt Novices’ Chase (to £120,000), while £10,000 extra goes into the G1 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle (to £110,000).

Another 18 races gain £5,000 increases, with the only contests missing out being the five most valuable – the £575,000 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, the £400,000 Stan James Champion Hurdle, the £350,000 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, the £300,000 Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle and the £300,000 Ryanair Chase.

The lowest prize money now offered during The Festival, which takes place from Tuesday to Friday, 14th–17th March inclusive, is £45,000 for the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase, with the next tier being £65,000 for two races – the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase and the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

Ian Renton, Regional Director, Cheltenham & The South West, The Jockey Club, commented: “I am delighted to announce record prize money of over £4.3 million for The Festival which represents an increase of more than 10% since 2015.

“For 2017, the major increases have gone to the novice chases, with the Racing Post Arkle and the RSA being run at £175,000 and the JLT Novices’ Chase at £150,000.

“We would like to thank all our sponsors who have assisted us in improving prize money for The Festival and look forward to four great days of racing in March.”

Cheltenham Festival Prize Money  – THE FESTIVAL 2017

Tuesday 14th March, 2017 – Champion Day – Old Course

1:30pm • Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (G1) • 2m 87y • £125,000
2:10pm • Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase (G1) • 1m 7f 199y • £175,000
2:50pm • Ultima Handicap Chase (G3) • 3m 1f • £105,000
3:30pm • Stan James Champion Hurdle (G1) • 2m 87y • £400,000
4:10pm • OLBG Mares’ Hurdle (G1) • 2m 3f 200y • £110,000
4:50pm • JT McNamara National Hunt Novices’ Chase (amateurs) (G2) • 3m 7f 170y • £120,000
5:30pm • Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase (Listed) (0-140) • 2m 4f 78y • £70,000

Wednesday 15th March, 2017 – Ladies Day – Old Course

1:30pm • Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (G1) • 2m 5f 26y • £125,000
2:10pm • RSA Novices’ Chase (G1) • 3m 80y • £175,000
2:50pm • Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle Race (G3) • 2m 5f 26y • £95,000
3:30pm • Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (G1) • 1m 7f 199y • £350,000
4:10pm • Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase • 3m 6f 37y • £65,000
4:50pm • Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (G3) • 2m 87y • £80,000
5:30pm • Weatherbys Champion Bumper (National Hunt Flat Race) (G1) • 2m 87y • £75,000

Thursday 16th March, 2017 – St Patrick’s Thursday – New Course

1:30pm • JLT Novices’ Chase (G1) •  2m 3f 198y • £150,000
2:10pm • Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Listed) • 2m 7f 213y • £95,000
2:50pm • Ryanair Chase (G1) • 2m 4f 166y • £300,000
3:30pm • Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle (G1) • 2m 7f 213y • £300,000
4:10pm • Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase (G3) • 2m 4f 166y • £105,000
4:50pm • Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (G2) • 2m 179y • £80,000
5:30pm • Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase (amateurs) (0-145) • 3m 2f • £70,000

Friday 17th March, 2017 – Gold Cup Day – New Course

1:30pm • JCB Triumph Hurdle (G1) • 2m 179y £125,000
2:10pm • Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (G3) • 2m 179y • £95,000
2:50pm • Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (G1) • 2m 7f 213y • £125,000
3:30pm • Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (G1) • 3m 2f 70y • £575,000
4:10pm • St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase • 3m 2f 70y • £45,000
4:50pm • Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (0-145) • 2m 4f 56y • £65,000
5:30pm • Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (G3) • 2m 62y • £105,000

2017 total – £4,305,000
2016 total – £4,115,000
2015 total – £3,900,000

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.

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