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The Premiere Cheltenham Festival 2016 Preview

February 22nd, 2016 at 8:59 AM
By Sports Media 101

With this year’s Cheltenham Festival a little less than a month away, one of the sports most enthralling dates is set to provide us with excitement and suspense once again. Running from March 15th-18th, horse racing fever will once again grip the small West Country town. With the race course expected to welcome record crowds of over 200,000 from all over the world, the highlight of the week, The Gold Cup, is set to take centre stage. However, with over £500 million in bets set to be placed throughout the week, what other events are there to look forward to during the four day festival?

Day One

The opening day of the Cheltenham Festival kicks off in traditional fashion with Champions day, the main highlight of which is the Champions Hurdle. Famously hard to predict, and even more so this year now that last years winner Faugheen has pulled out through injury, the race which is open to horses aged four years and older often has punters tearing their hair out because of its irregular nature. Run over two miles, and with such a high quality field, this race really helps day one kick off with a bang. Other standout features of day one include the Supreme Novices Hurdle as well as the National Hunt Chase.

Day Two

With all the glitz and glamour that comes with Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival, you can be forgiven for being distracted from what actually takes place on the track. With over £10,000 in prizes for the best dressed females, this is always one of the most colourful dates in the racing calendar. The feature race on day two is provided by the leading minimum distance chase in the National Hunt calendar, the Champion Chase. Run over two miles and twelve fences, this particular race currently sees Un De Sceaux leading the way as the overwhelming favourite.

Day Three

Held on St Patrick's Day, the third day of the festival features the much anticipated World Hurdle race. Won by Cole Harden, ridden by Warren Greatrex, last time around, the race saw its biggest field since 2006. Betting fans may well want to jump on these tips as Jezki looks to be the most likely challenger to his title, as others will look to other races to focus their attention upon. Those of you who are looking to win big money on this one should definitely take a look at horse racing tips such as those provided betting experts Coral. The day is completed with a St Patrick's day Derby charity race in which helped to generate over £230,000 for the Injured Jockeys Fund last year.

Day Four

And so we find ourselves at the last day of the Cheltenham Festival. Many have been patiently waiting for this occasion to splash some cash as they look to win big on one of racing's most famous of occasions. With the 2016 Gold Cup looking likely to be one of the most exciting in recent memory, this year’s line-up is a mouth watering prospect for race fans. Vautour is currently heading the betting, and with a perfect record at Cheltenham will be hard to stop. The likes of Don Poli, and last year’s victor Coneygree are perhaps his closest challengers.

If you are still left with any fingernails at the end of the week then you are either not a betting man, or you are one cool customer. The Cheltenham Festival really is one of the pinnacle events in sport, and looks set to only heighten this reputation during this year’s action.

The Premiere Cheltenham Festival 2016 Preview

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