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Stage Is Set For The Greatest Show On Turf As Punters Get Ready For Festival Fever

Friday 6th March 2015
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We are days away from the start of the Greatest Show On Turf, as the elite of the National Hunt world flock to Prestbury Park to try and claim some of the most prestigious prizes in the jumping sphere,  and this season's Cheltenham Festival is set to get the pulses racing as soon as the tapes rise for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, duly triggering the world famous roar that echoes around GL50 on Tuesday at 1:30pm.

Dreams will come reality for some, whilst bubbles will be burst for others, as racing fans are treated to 27 races of sheer equine entertainment, but what do we have to look forward to at next week's jumping phenomenon, as the premier British contenders do battle with the gladiators of the Irish scene in a flurry of festival treats.

The Emerald Isle clan will be eager to kick off proceedings on a winning note and Willie Mullins's Douvan will carry the Euros of the travelling Irish, as he lines up in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, but can Nicky Henderson's L'ami Serge provide a knockout blow for the home team.

Punters will be desperate to kick off on a winning note, but William Hill's Supreme Novices' Hurdle Money Back Special offer, which will see them refund all losing bets, should mean that the bookmakers don't get too much of an early lead should there be a shock result.

Day one could see a host of short-priced favourites aim to sparkle, with Faugheen looking to maintain his unbeaten record in the Champion Hurdle, whilst Annie Power is aiming to follow on from Quevega and reign supreme in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle.

However, many have put their banker of the week down as Un De Sceaux and he is already an odds-on jolly for the Arkle Challenge Trophy, and with Paddy Power also offering a terrific Arkle Money Back Special should Un De Sceaux win the Grade 1 then yet again punters will not have things too hard on the opening day.

As we get further into the week there will be an abundance of top notch Graded races along with those devilishly difficult handicap races for punters to try and deciper, with many questions being answered throughout the four-day extravaganza.

Will Sprinter Sacre return to his brilliant self and down last year's Champion Chase winner Sire De Grugy in the Wednesday Championship showpiece, whilst who will be the star of the show in what is one of the most wide open Ladbrokes World Hurdle races in recent decades.

AP McCoy will be bidding farewell to the Cheltenham Festival after an illustrious career in the saddle and the champion jockey will hope to bow out with Cheltenham Gold Cup glory, as he rides the fancied Carlingford Lough, who will attempt to down Silviniaco Conti in the blue riband event on the final day.

The hysteria behind the Cheltenham Festival will reach fever pitch on Tuesday morning, but one thing's guaranteed, whether you are heading to the Gloucestershire amphitheatre or are spending the week watching it from the comfort of your own home, the excitement willl grip you in one way and will leave you wanting more when the dust settles late on Friday afternoon.

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