Cheltenham Racecourse

Home to the pinnacle of British jump racing, the Cheltenham Festival is where many of the world’s best horses and jockeys come together to tackle this demanding National Hunt circuit. The festival, held in March, features many top-class Grade 1 races including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the World Hurdle.

The spectacular setting – set in the natural amphitheatre of Prestbury Park – has played host to some of the greatest names in jump racing history; from Kauto Star and Denman to Long Run and Best Mate.

Horse racing has been present in Cheltenham since 1815 and became a national attraction following the establishment of its four-day festival back in 1902. Approximately half of all 26 races at the festival are Group 1 events which makes it one of the highest-quality racing spectacles throughout the year.

The most successful jockey at Cheltenham is Ruby Walsh, who enjoyed 31 winners at the festival between 2004-2014.

There are three separate courses at Cheltenham – the old and new courses – which run alongside each other and a cross-country circuit in the middle. The new course features a tricky downhill fence and a longer run-in for steeplechases than the old course. Another interesting quirk of the new course is that hurdle races over two miles tend to include the majority of the hurdles in the early stages of the race, with only two jumped in the final seven furlongs.

Geegeez says: “The new hurdles track has a tough uphill finish, so be mindful that the majority of winning horses on this course are blessed with exceptional finishing power and stamina. The ability to stay the trip is a necessity for any horse.

“Both the old and new courses offer the ultimate test for chasers with some of the toughest fences in the country. Those with form around similar circuits such as Hexham and Newcastle could be in with a shout of prevailing here.”

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Next Cheltenham Races
16 Mar 13:20 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
16 Mar 13:55 Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
16 Mar 14:30 Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)
16 Mar 15:05 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
16 Mar 15:40 Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle) (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
16 Mar 16:15 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Registered as The Fred Winter) (Grade 3) (GBB Race)
16 Mar 16:50 National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices' Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)
17 Mar 13:20 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered as The Baring Bingham) (GBB Race)
17 Mar 13:55 Brown Advisory Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (Registered as The Broadway Novices' Chase) (GBB Race)
17 Mar 14:30 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race)
17 Mar 15:05 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
17 Mar 15:40 Glenfarclas Chase (A Cross Country Chase) (GBB Race)
17 Mar 16:15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)
17 Mar 16:50 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race) (Grade 1)
18 Mar 13:20 Marsh Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (Registered as The Golden Miller) (GBB Race)
18 Mar 13:55 Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race)
18 Mar 14:30 Ryanair Chase (Registered As The Festival Trophy) (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
18 Mar 15:05 Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
18 Mar 15:40 Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)
18 Mar 16:15 Parnell Properties Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered as The Dawn Run) (GBB Race)
18 Mar 16:50 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Sponsored by the JRL Group) (GBB Race)
19 Mar 13:20 JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
19 Mar 13:55 McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race)
19 Mar 14:30 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered as The Spa Novices' Hurdle) (GBB Race)
19 Mar 15:05 Wellchild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
19 Mar 15:40 St. James's Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase
19 Mar 16:15 Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Chase (Registered As The Liberthine Mares' Chase) (Grade 2)
19 Mar 16:50 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)
Latest Cheltenham Results
DateRunnerJockeyTrainerSP
12 Dec 15:35The White MouseBryony FrostMrs L Wadham100/30
12 Dec 15:00Song For SomeoneAidan ColemanT Symonds6/1
12 Dec 14:25Make GoodRichard JohnsonJ McConnell12/1
12 Dec 13:50Chatham Street LadDarragh O'KeeffeM Winters16/1
12 Dec 13:15Sky PirateTom ScudamoreJonjo O'Neill4/1
12 Dec 12:40Fusil RafflesDaryl JacobN Henderson16/5
12 Dec 12:05AdagioTom ScudamoreD Pipe4/9
11 Dec 15:35Come On TeddySam Twiston-DaviesT George11/2
11 Dec 15:00Some NeckMr B HarveyJ McConnell18/1
11 Dec 14:25Storm ControlRichard PatrickK Lee5/1
Cheltenham Fixtures
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Top Cheltenham Jockeys
JockeyWinsRunsSR
Barry Geraghty51145.5%
Paul Townend51827.8%
Robbie Power53116.1%
Tom Scudamore53016.7%
Harry Skelton43611.1%
David Bass41040.0%
Daryl Jacob42020.0%
Nico De Boinville43013.3%
Aidan Coleman31915.8%
Richard Patrick3933.3%
Top Cheltenham Trainers
TrainerWinsRunsSR
N Henderson95416.7%
G Elliott94619.6%
W Mullins75612.5%
P Nicholls4508.0%
K Bailey41136.4%
D Skelton3496.1%
J McConnell3837.5%
D Pipe32313.0%
H De Bromhead32213.6%
C Tizzard2287.1%