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2014 Cheltenham Festival tips

  • 2014 Cheltenham Festival dates

    The 2014 Cheltenham Festival dates have been announced and the National Hunt horse racing extravaganza will take place between Tuesday 11th March and Friday 14th March 2014.

    The 2014 Cheltenham Festival is almost here and we're getting seriously excited here at CheltenhamFestival.net HQ!  With the likes of Hurricane Fly, Sprinter Sacre, Big Buck's and Bobs Worth all heading to Prestbury Park next March we're already counting down the days to the 'Greatest Show on Turf' and we have the dates and the full schedule for the meeting.

    The 27 races that make up the Cheltenham Festival are the most hotly contested of the entire racing calendar, with around 500 horses competing for over £3.4 million of win and place prize money which compete only with the Grand National in terms of prestige in the jump racing calendar.

    Over the four days, we will witness the world's best horses compete at the home of jump racing and you won't want to miss a beat of the action.
    Take a look at the full schedule ahead of the Cheltenham Festival.
  • 2014 Champion Hurdle tips

    This year’s Champion Hurdle looks set to be one of the finest renewals of the race for some time and the market is dominated by a host of sensational horses.

    The legendary Hurricane Fly will return to Prestbury Park in search of a third Champion Hurdle and Willie Mullins’ stable star will be out to confirm that he is the best hurdler either side of the Irish Sea.  With a record breaking number of Grade One victories to his name, the French recruit is the best since the mighty Istabraq and it will take a brave man to take on the reigning champion this March.

    Victories in the race in 2011 and 2013 were enough to send his army of supporters wild at Cheltenham and his followers will be looking for another scintillating display at the world’s most exciting race meeting.

    If Hurricane Fly is going to defend his title then he is going to have to do it against a number of ultra-talented horses and 2013 Neptune Investment Hurdle hero The New One looks one of the more interesting of his rivals.

    Nigel Twiston-Davies’ classy operator has been in imperious form this season and it has been no surprise to see the money coming for the youngster in recent months.  He will be bidding for a second consecutive success at the Festival and connections will be confident that he has what it takes to serve it up to Hurricane Fly.

    Equally, 2013 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle second My Tent Or Yours will be back at Cheltenham and the Fighting Fifth Hurdle winner will be looking to go one better on the opening day of the Festival.  Nicky Henderson’s superstar was a heavily backed favourite at last year’s meeting and there is no reason to suggest he won’t be in the mix again this March.

    Joining Hurricane Fly on the trip over from Ireland will be the exciting 2013 Triumph Hurdle winner Our Conor who looks to be getting better with every race this season.  His demolition job over a top quality field at last year’s Festival lives long in the memory and Dessie Hughes’ charge will be a formidable nut to crack in the feature.

    Elsewhere, Supreme Novices’ Hurdle third and multiple Grade One winner Jezki will be back at Prestbury Park and the likes of Melodic Rendezvous and Mullins’ Un De Sceaux will also line up for a vintage renewal of the 2014 Champion Hurdle.
    Read our Champion Hurdle tips now!
  • 2014 Champion Chase tips

    This year’s Champion Chase looks set to provide racing fans with one of the showdowns of the entire meeting as Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy prepare to do battle at Prestbury Park.

    This year’s Queen Mother Champion Chase was thrown wide open when Sprinter Sacre was pulled up in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton over the Christmas period and it was a result that brought an end up to the superstar’s ten-race unbeaten streak.

    Officially the highest rated chaser in training, Sprinter Sacre had never lost over the larger obstacles and his jaw-dropping performances over the last two seasons have been a joy to behold.  Victories in the 2012 Arkle Chase and the 2013 Champion Chase confirmed Nicky Henderson’s stable flagbearer as one of the greatest of all time and it looked like a third consecutive Cheltenham success would be a procession for the eight-year-old.

    However, since he was pulled up at Kempton  there have been some doubts surrounding the wellbeing of the multiple Grade One-winner and a new superstar has emerged in the two mile chase division.

    Gary Moore’s Sire De Grugy has capitalised on the absence of Sprinter Sacre and gone on to win three on the bounce, including the Tingle Creek at Sandown and the Clarence House Chase at Ascot.  He has won both contests with consummate ease and there are now some experts who believe that the talented jumper could be a genuine threat to Sprinter Sacre’s Champion Chase crown.

    If, as expected, Sprinter Sacre does line up at Cheltenham, the his clash with Sire De Grugy is sure to get the pulses racing at HQ and we’re sure to be treated to a memorable battle up the Cheltenham hill.

    There will also be a number of other horses looking to spoil the showdown and Irish raider Arvika Ligeonniere looks likely to be Willie Mullins’ charge in the highlight.  He bounced back to form with a sensational display on home turf last time out and his trainer will be hoping that he has what it takes to serve it up to the big two.
    Take a look at our Champion Chase tips now!
  • 2014 World Hurdle tips

    Time waits for no man, or horse for that matter, but Big Buck's will be looking to turn back the clock in this year's Ladbrokes World Hurdle after being denied the chance to make it five straight Cheltenham Festival wins through injury last term.

    Not since Muhammad Ali returned from exile after opposing the Vietnam War has a comeback been so eagerly awaited, but Paul Nicholls' popular gelding gave more than just a passing glimpse of his old sparkle in the Cleeve Hurdle at Prestbury Park in January.

    The sceptics will make much of the way unheralded outsider Knockara Beau rallied up the hill to claim victory that day, while At Fishers Cross also forged past the former champion on the run-in after previously being out of sorts this season.

    However, the way Big Buck's travelled so smoothly under new jockey Sam Twiston-Davies for most of that contest caught the eye of many pundits and punters alike, while Nicholls insisted afterwards his valiant veteran will strip much fitter at the Festival.

    With the promise of better ground and young Sam more aware of just what an engine he has under him, there is sure to be strong support for the 11-year-old to regain the crown he wore with such majesty between 2009 and 2012, securing an amazing 18 straight victories during that dominance.

    Of course, there are always two sides to every coin and there was also enough in the way Big Buck's faltered in the closing stages for value hawks to line up other alternatives, especially as those with proven stamina will no doubt seek to again expose any chinks in the favourite's armour.

    Irish mare Annie Power has looked awesome in racking up 10 straight wins and there will be no fears of travel sickness should she return to England for this race following clinical triumphs at Ascot, Cheltenham and Doncaster already this term.

    The opposition may not have been right out of the top drawer, but Zarkandar is definitely no mug and has been brushed aside twice, while a 12 length defeat of stablemate Glens Melody at Fairyhouse last March is another solid piece of form to boost her claims.

    Willie Mullins faces a tough dilemma, with Hurricane Fly his Champion Hurdle hero and Quevega queen of the mares' race and seeking a historic six-timer in that event, so Annie Power may well make a step up in trip to fill a void in the World Hurdle - and Ruby Walsh almost certainly had his poker face on when saying he'd always prefer to back a horse with proven stamina here.

    At Fishers Cross recaptured some of the sparkle he showed as a novice when second in that Cleeve Hurdle, the unbeaten More Of That is another contender with huge potential and Mouse Morris has always thought Rule The World has a touch of class.

    But the burning question ahead of this year's Ladbrokes World Hurdle remains whether Big Buck's can defy the doubters and Father Time with a vintage reminder of what a superstar he was - or still is!
    Check out our World Hurdle tips
  • 2014 Gold Cup tips

    Nowhere more than Cheltenham does the phrase 'horses for courses' ring so true and Bobs Worth will be strongly fancied to back up that view by claiming a second straight Betfred Gold Cup at this year's Festival.

    Nicky Henderson's tough-as-teak nine-year-old is a perfect five from five on past trips to Prestbury Park, culminating in last season's demolition of Sir Des Champs and Long Run up the hill.

    Much has been made of Silviniaco Conti's fall three out when travelling well enough in that contest, but Bobs Worth suffered a momentary loss of momentum sidestepping that rival - just after commentator Mike Cattermole had anxiously remarked on how much leeway he had to make up on the front pair.

    "But Bobs Worth is eating up the ground," Cattermole cried as they approached the penultimate obstacle and after touching down just in front following the final fence, Barry Geraghty's little battler piled on the pressure as the other two placed horses cried enough.

    The 2012 RSA Chase, the previous year's Neptune Novices' Hurdle and a win over Rock On Ruby over timber were other examples of just how much Nicky Henderson's gutsy gelding loves it round here and after quickly erasing the memories of a poor seasonal return at Haydock with a fast-finishing victory in the Lexus at Leopardstown over Christmas he remains very much the one to beat at this unique venue.

    Silviniaco Conti will return for the rematch in equally good heart, however, having stayed on strongly to pass Cue card in the King George at Kempton, with Paul Nicholls insisting after that race that his eight-year-old is maturing mentally and physically all the time.

    That result would suggest that Cue Card will have problems seeing out an extended 3m 2f trip, but he is another with strong Cheltenham credentials, having won a Champion Bumper and a Ryanair Chase at past Festivals, while jockey Joe Tizzard feels his charge may get more of a chance to catch his breath in a steadily-run Gold Cup rather than the all-out assault we often see on Boxing Day.

    Last Instalment put in a spectacular round of jumping to land the Irish Hennessy at Leopardstown and could well make his presence felt if in similar form, while Harry Topper and The Giant Bolster are relentless gallopers who may plod on for a place if things go their way.

    However, Bobs Worth sets the standard as he bids to become the seventh back-to-back Cheltenham Gold Cup victor and Silviniaco Conti will push him all the way if safely negotiating all the obstacles this time around.   
    Read our 2014 Gold Cup tips
  • Visiting the Cheltenham Festival

    Prestbury Park is a beautifully crafted sporting arena, carved within 350 acres of the Cotswold Hills in Gloucestershire and the courses are unlike those at any other racecourse. 

    Undulating and stamina sapping, the sting in the tail regularly comes at the end of each contest in the form of the supremely challenging "Cheltenham Hill" - an ever-upward climbing passage runners must scale from the last obstacle to the winning line. Every weapon in a competitor's arsenal is needed for victory at Cheltenham.

    The Festival uses all three of Cheltenham's courses. The Old Course stages racing on the first two days of the meeting, with the New Course taking over for days 3 and 4. Since the Festival changed to a 4 day meeting in 2005, the amount of ground available to race on has been increased.

    The fences on the New Course have also recently been widened by 5 metres, which gives the racecourse the flexibility to use the outside portion of them during the early part of the season, saving around 12 metres of entirely fresh ground (and fence) on the inside of the New Course specifically for the Festival. The unique cross country course is used for the Cross Country Handicap Chase.

    As befits the UK’s premier racecourse, Cheltenham offers a huge variety of viewing areas, bars, restaurants, hospitality and entertainment.

    Gates open at 10.30am on each of the four days of the Festival, and for the three hours before racing, and the hour and half after, there is time to soak up the unique atmosphere amongst the trade stands, parades, music and entertainment.
    Find out everything you need to know about tickets and travel.
  • The Irish invasion at the Cheltenham Festival

    With the likes of Hurricane Fly, Our Conor, Annie Power and Last Instalment all on their way to the Cheltenham Festival there is sure to be another strong Irish presence at the world's greatest meeting.

    The Irish have been travelling to Cheltenham for generations and a huge Irish following is an essential part of the unique atmosphere every March. 

    Those who journey are making one of sport's great annual pilgrimages, to attend National Hunt racing's famous four-day spectacle. The Irish regularly take centre stage on this great occasion, whether it be man or beast. Some of the greatest jockeys, trainers, owners and horses to have graced the hallowed turf of Prestbury Park have originated from the Emerald Isle. Legendary Irish names such as Jonjo O'Neill, Dawn Run, Arkle, Vincent O'Brien and Istabraq have sealed their place in Cheltenham Festival folklore with their glorious achievements at this magnificent course.

    The Festival would certainly not be the same without the Irish punters who revel in taking on Cheltenham's bookmakers. Probably the most famous Irish gambler to be found at the Festival is owner JP McManus, known in racing circles as the "Sundance Kid", who for more than 20 years has bet - and won - huge sums, including successful wagers on his dual Champion Hurdle winner Istabraq.

    Legend tells of another Irishman who won enough on Istabraq in the Champion Hurdle of 1998 to pay off his mortgage and then lost his house on Doran’s Pride in the Gold Cup. “It was only a small house anyway,” he is reputed to have said.

    The Emerald Isle re-affirmed their dominance of the National Hunt scene in 2006 by winning the three most prestigious prizes the Cheltenham Festival has to offer. Their success reached a magnificent crescendo on the final day when War of Attrition led home an Irish one – two – three in the Gold Cup to send his countrymen into raptures on St Patrick’s Day.

    The emotional win of Moscow Flyer in the Champion Chase in 2005 will also live long in the memory, as the Irish chaser confirmed himself as one of the all time greats and sparked wild Irish celebrations.
    Find out which Irish horses will be winning at the Festival.

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