Cheltenham Festival Racing

Cheltenham Festival - The History

The Cheltenham Festival is a prestigious horse racing meeting within the National Hunt racing schedule in the United Kingdom and offers prize money to winners that can only be rivalled by that of the Grand National, making this truly one of the biggest and most anticipated races within the calendar for trainers, riders and spectators alike.

The race meet was first established back in 1860, formerly known as the National Hunt Chase and was held at Market Harborough before moving throughout a number of different locations before returning to its current home Cheltenham in 1904, although records show that the earliest record that features the name of 'Cheltenham Festival' was back in 1907 within the Warwick Advertiser.

Already a popular horse racing location, the Festival soon created the Cheltenham Gold Cup back in 1924 and furthermore added additional races to their schedule as the years passed, the Champion Hurdle being born in 1927 and others were to follow.

Up until 2005 the Cheltenham Festival was a three day racing event but after that year the racing meet was increased to 4 days in order to ensure that there was a championship race performed on each day with the fourth and final day being that of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, a popular racing day with anyone who follows or participates in the sport.


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Champion Day - 13th March 2014

Time Race Distance
13.30 William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle 2m 1/2f
14.05 Racing Post Arklet Chellenge Trophy Steeple Chase 2m
14.40 JLT Speciality Steeple Chase (A Handicap) 3m 1/2f
15.20 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 2m 1/2f
16.00 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase 3m 7f
16.40 David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle Race 2m 4f
17.15 Centenary Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 4 1/2f

Ladies Day - 14th March 2014

Time Race Distance
13.30 National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup 4m
14.05 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f
14.40 RSA Steeple Chase 3m 1/2f
15.20 Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase 2m
16.00 Coral Cup (Handicap Hurdle) 2m 5f
16.40 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 2m 1/2f
17.15 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Open NH Flat Race) 2m 1/2f

St Patrick's Derby - 15th March 2014

Time Race Distance
13.30 Jewson Novices' Steeple Chase 2m 5f
14.05 Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) 3m
14.40 Ryanair Chase 2m 5f
15.20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle 3m
16.00 Byrne Group Plate Handicap Steeple Chase 2m 5f
16.40 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase 3m 1 1/2f
17.15 St. Patrick's Derby (Charity Race) 1m 5f

Cheltenham Gold Cup - 16th March 2014

Time Race Distance
13.30 JCB Triumph Hurdle 2m 1f
14.05 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f
14.40 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle 3m
15.20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase 3m 2 1/2f
16.00 Christie's Foxhunter Steeple Chase 3m 2 1/2f
16.40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle 2m 4 1/2f
17.15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase 2m 1/2f