Beginning on March 14 and running through the 17, the Cheltenham Festival features four days of top-class racing action where the best of the best in the racing circuit will complete against each other at Prestbury Park for a chance at the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The start of the festival — Tuesday — is known as Champions Day. Day two (Wednesday) is known as Ladies Day; Thursday is St. Patrick’s. Friday, the final day of the circuit, is, of course, Gold Cup Day.
Boasting 28 races in its four-day circuit, the Cheltenham Festival will dole out more than 4.1 million in prize money in four championship races: the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle, and the Gold Cup, respectively. According to The Sun, this year’s top jockeys to watch throughout the festival include Ruby Walsh (who’s held the top spot for more than four years) and Willie Mullins, who’s earned notoriety as the top trainer for the past four years. As for the horses, The Sun boasts that after Thistlecrack was ruled out from competing due to an injury, Cue Card, Native River (3/1), Altior, Death Duty, Unowhatimeanharry, and Douavn are the horses to watch throughout the four-day festival. However, The Guardian places firm odds in favor of Melon, Brain Power, Neon Wolf, Whisper, and Zabana. As for The Independent, their prediction for the Gold Cup winner falls on fan-favorite Cue Card.
As excitement for the festival mounts, IVT will broadcast the races on its main channel for the duration of the festival.