The Festival is one of the very few horse racing events which truly breaks into the sporting mainstream, and is perhaps only second to the Grand National at Aintree a month later in terms of prestige. It is one of the biggest betting events of the entire sporting year, and you can view the latest Cheltenham odds here. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. The races at the Festival are so valuable and prestigious that plans are hatched months and even years in advance of certain races, and owners have been known to purchase horses with the specific aim of achieving a winner at the festival. Barry Geraghty, who had a sensational week at Prestbury Park, produced one of the rides of the week on board Champ, who scooted home to claim a last gasp victory in the RSA Chase, while the thrills and spills continued in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
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Offer applies to first single bet placed. New and eligible customers only. The two courses are both left-handed and essentially stiff in nature, but there are subtle differences that can prove crucial. The Old Course, used for the Champion Hurdle and Queen Mother Champion Chase , has a slightly shorter run-in and puts the emphasis somewhat more on speed.
There is also a cross-country course which is laid out inside the main racecourse and is used for cross-country steeplechases.
Only deposits made using Cards or ApplePay will qualify. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. The Supreme has an impressive roll of honour, including the likes of Vautour and Douvan, but one of the most notable winners in recent years was the Nicky Henderson -trained Altior, who denied Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci a four-timer in the race in The Arkle Challenge Trophy is the race for the top two-mile novice chasers.
The third race on the card is the Festival Handicap Chase which witnessed one of the best rides in Cheltenham Festival history when Wichita Lineman was carried home by A.
McManus will likely target one or two at the race again. The Champion Hurdle is the feature race on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. The National Hunt Chase is one of three races at the Cheltenham Festival restricted to amateur riders, and, at four miles, it is the longest race of the meeting. Not available for each-way accumulators, SP accumulators, bets placed with free bet tokens or permutation multiples Yankee, Lucky 15 etc.
Stakes are returned as cash. Further terms and conditions apply, see site for details. It has been won by the likes of Faugheen , Hardy Eustace and the legendary Istabraq in the past, all of whom went on to win the Champion Hurdle at some point in their careers. The renewal was won in impressive fashion by Samcro.
Sprinter Sacre recorded an emotional victory in when regaining his title, after some well-documented physical issues, beating Arkle winner Un de Sceaux into second.
Altior underlined his position at the top of the two-mile chasing division when storming up the hill to land both the and renewals.
Trainer Enda Bolger saddled the Cross Country winner four times from the first five runnings, but recent renewals have been dominated by Tiger Roll. The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is seen as something of a consolation race for the Triumph Hurdle, but is furiously competitive in its own right. Willie Mullins has saddled the Champion Bumper winner on numerous occasions, with the mare Relegate providing him with a ninth winner in , though he had to settle for second a year later as Blue Sari could only manage second behind Envoi Allen.
Champion Bumper contenders can often be seen revisiting the Festival over obstacles for many years to come. Irish horses have dominated the race, with only Taquin du Seuil and Defi du Seuil breaking their stranglehold in and respectively.
The Pertemps Final is another typically competitive handicap race at the Cheltenham Festival and is run over the same course and distance as the World Hurdle. Patrick Kelly and Davy Russell won the and renewals with Mall Dini and Presenting Percy, respectively, while Russell completed his own hat-trick in the race when guiding Delta Work to victory in The Ryanair Chase winner Un de Sceaux followed in the footsteps of Cue Card and Vautour, but had to settle for second a year later when chasing home Balko des Flos 12 in The renewal was won in gutsy fashion by Frodon.
The winner Paisley Park will be hoping to follow suit in the near future. Irish-trained horses had dominated in recent years before the bold front-running performance of Siruh du Lac secured a win for Britain in Any Second Now won the renewal.
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