Cheltenham Festival 2018
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  • Day 3
  • Day 4

Cheltenham Festival History

The 2016 Cheltenham Festival once again will be staged over 4 days after it proved a great success the previous year. It is the definitive race meeting of the National Hunt Season. Cheltenham Festival Betting is now on twenty seven races runs and is followed almost fanatically by a massive amount of racing enthusiasts.

Each year the attendances continue to grow and over the duration of the racing meeting crowds will easily exceed 180,000, combined with the watching television, radio and live online audio audience it is without doubt one of the world's most anticipated racing spectacles.

The first Cheltenham Festival meeting took place in 1902 and since then has continued to gain prominence within the racing calendar. The National Hunt season is now hard to imagine without the build up to Cheltenham, the expectation grows and the excitement begins many months before the first Cheltenham race goes under starting orders.

The volumes of betting that takes place during the Cheltenham Festival Races is nothing short of staggering with millions of pounds changing hands between bookmakers and punters in every race.

Cheltenham Festival racing is of paramount importance to the UK racing industry and without the three day meeting National Hunt Racing would never be the same again.

The quality of the entrants for the jump racing action is fantastic in each and every race, but of course the feature races attract the most attention.

The Champion Hurdle ran on the Tuesday is the first showpiece event and is followed on the Wednesday with the Queen Mother Champion Chase and on Friday with the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

With the supporting Steeplechases, Hurdling and Handicap races Cheltenham deservedly remains as the most important National Hunt meetings of the year!

Stable Chat with Neil Mulholland
Neil Mulholland

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Cheltenham Festival Odds

We now have the latest bookmakers betting odds for the main Cheltenham Festival Races.

These odds are updated regularily to ensure that you in touch with all the market moves in the build up to the festival.

Cheltenham Festival - Betting Tips

Tom LeeFollowing on from last year, we are delighted to announce that we are featuring horse racing tips from Channel Four Racing presenter, Tom Lee.

Tom appears on Channel 4's Morning Line & covers live Racing in the afternoon as well fronting RTE's Racing coverage in Ireland, his Cheltenham Festival Tips and previews of each day's Racing will be available during the Festival and supported with opinions and views from our Racing writers.

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Cheltenham Festival Racing

The four days of the Cheltenham Festival play host to a number of exceptional races: