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2018 Cheltenham Festival dates

The dates for the 2018 Cheltenham Festival have been announced and the meeting will last for four explosive days.

The Cheltenham Festival is one of sport’s most enthralling extravaganzas and in 2018 the nation will once again be swept by horse racing fever as gamblers and racing fanatics prepare to embark on an unrivalled path of excitement.


The 2018 Cheltenham Festival will run from 13th to 16th March with the Cheltenham Gold Cup taking place on Friday 16th March. The course can expect to welcome over 200,000 racegoers from all over the world, with it believed that more than £500 million will be gambled throughout the week.



While it is impossible to know what next year’s meeting will bring, one thing is for certain: the action is sure to be explosive, exhilarating and thoroughly intriguing.

Tuesday 13th March - Champion Day

Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2018 Champion Hurdle

1.30 Supreme Novices' Hurdle (2m 1/2f)
2.05 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase (2m)
2.40 Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase (3m 1/2f)
3.20 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (2m 1/2f)
4.00 Mares' Hurdle (for the David Nicholson Trophy) (2m 4f)
4.40 National Hunt Chase (4m)
5.15 Novices' Handicap Chase (2m 4 1/2 f)



Wednesday 14th March - Ladies Day

Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2018 Queen Mother Champion Chase

1.30 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (2m 5f)
2.05 RSA Steeple Chase (3m 1/2f)
2.40 Coral Cup (2m 5f)
3.20 BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (2m)
4.00 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (3m 7f)
4.40 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2m 1/2f)
5.15 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Open NH Flat Race) (2m 1/2f)

Thursday 15th March - St Patrick's Day

Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2018 Ladbrokes World Hurdle

1.30 JLT Novices' Steeple Chase (2m 5f)
2.05 Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) (3m)
2.40 Ryanair Chase (2m 5f)
3.20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle (3m)
4.00 Byrne Group Plate Handicap Steeple Chase (2m 5f)
4.40 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (3m 1 1/2f)
5.15 St. Patrick's Derby (Charity Race) (1m 5f)

Friday 16th March - Cheltenham Gold Cup Day

Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2018 Gold Cup

1.30 JCB Triumph Hurdle (2m 1f)
2.05 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle (2m 1f)
2.40 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (3m)
3.20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (3m 2 1/2f)
4.00 Foxhunter Steeple Chase (3m 2 1/2f)
4.40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (2m 4 1/2f)
5.15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase (2m 1/2f)

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