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Temperatures may be verging on freezing during this year's meeting, but once the likes of Buveur D'Air, Altior, Samcro and Might Bite light up the hallowed turf, Prestbury Park will transform into a cauldron of passion and atmosphere. 

Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott will travel to Gloucestershire with a strong battalion of challengers in toe, as they look to help Ireland retain the Prestbury Cup. Great Britain have had to play second fiddle to their Irish counterparts in recent years, but Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls and Nigel Twiston-Davies will call upon their most talented prospects to try and put an end to Ireland's dominance.

The 28 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. The feature race of the entire festival is the Gold Cup, which will be run at 15:30 on Friday 16th March 2018.


Cheltenham Day 2 Tips & Results (Wednesday)

DATE & TIMERACEFAVOURITEODDS
15 Mar 13:30Neptune Novices HurdleWinner: Willoughby Court 14/1all odds >
15 Mar 14:10RSA ChaseWinner: Might Bite 7/2all odds >
15 Mar 14:50Coral CupWinner: Supasundae 16/1all odds >
15 Mar 15:30Champion ChaseWinner: Special Tiara 11/1all odds >
15 Mar 16:10Cross Country ChaseWinner: Cause of Causes 4/1all odds >
15 Mar 16:50Fred Winter HurdleWinner: Flying Tiger 33/1all odds >
15 Mar 17:30Champion BumperWinner: Fayonagh 7/1all odds >

Cheltenham Day 3 Tips & Results (Thursday)

DATE & TIMERACEFAVOURITEODDS
16 Mar 13:30JLT Novices ChaseWinner: Yorkhill 6/4 Fall odds >
16 Mar 14:10Pertemps Handicap HurdleWinner: Presenting Percy 11/1all odds >
16 Mar 14:50Ryanair ChaseWinner: Douvan 7/4all odds >
16 Mar 15:30Stayers' HurdleWinner: Nichols Canyon 10/1all odds >
16 Mar 16:10Brown Advisory PlateWinner: Road to Respect 14/1all odds >
16 Mar 16:50Mares Novices HurdleWinner: Let's Dance 11/8all odds >
16 Mar 17:30Kim Muir Handicap ChaseWinner: Domesday Book 40/1all odds >

Cheltenham Day 4 Tips & Results (Friday)

DATE & TIMERACEFAVOURITEODDS
17 Mar 13:30Triumph HurdleWinner: Defi du Seuil 5/2 Fall odds >
17 Mar 14:10County HurdleWinner: Arctic Fire 20/1all odds >
17 Mar 14:50AB Novices HurdleWinner: Penhill 16/1all odds >
17 Mar 15:30Gold CupWinner: Sizing John 7/1all odds >
17 Mar 16:10Foxhunter ChaseWinner: Pacha Du Polder 16/1all odds >
17 Mar 16:50Conditionals HurdleWinner: Champagne Classic 12/1all odds >
17 Mar 17:30Grand Annual ChaseWinner: Rock The World 10/1all odds >

The five best bets of the week

With the Cheltenham Festival only a few days away, the excitement surrounding the best four days’ racing in the horse racing calendar is reaching fever pitch.

Already there is lots of talk of bankers and big-priced fancies across social media, internet forums and betting shops as punters around the country share opinions on every race that will go to post throughout the Cheltenham Festival week.

28 hugely competitive and classy contests will unfold as the week progresses, and Brian Healy gives his five top picks across the Cheltenham Festival races.

APPLE’S JADE (8/13, William Hill) - OLBG Mares’ Hurdle

Probably not the most original of choices, but it is hard to see Gordon Elliott’s defending champion being turned over in this contest, and the Saddler Maker mare ought to be hard to beat.

Gordon Elliott’s star is unbeaten since losing out to Limini last February at Punchestown, and her haul of wins since include defeating that rival and the now-retired Vroum Vroum Mag in gritty fashion. She had to dig deep to get back up near the line, having looked beaten jumping the last, and that attitude has stood her in good stead.

A winner of all three starts, including the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown over three miles, the tough-as-teak mare doesn’t know when she is beaten, and she will be hard to pass in this contest. She isn’t flash, but she is a genuine sort who will have no issue with conditions, and back at her optimum trip it would be a huge shock if she failed to collect.

ELEGANT ESCAPE (12/1, Paddy Power) - RSA Chase

Colin Tizzard’s charge has been the subject of some support on the lead-up to the Festival, and there ought to be some further improvement to come from the Dubai Destination who is yet to finish outside the first two in five starts over fences.

Two of those five starts have seen him score wins at Newbury - beating the reopposing Black Corton - and Exeter in February where he ran out an easy winner over Ramses De Teilee. Beaten by Black Corton inbetween those successes, the sharp track at Kempton was probably against him, and he can do better on a more galloping course.

Runner-up on his sole start in a point-to-point, where he was beaten only one length behind Samcro, he showed good ability over hurdles which included finishing seventh in last season’s Albert Bartlett. But he has quickly made up into an even better chaser, and likely to have further improvement to come, he could run a big race in an open renewal of this contest.

WAITING PATIENTLY (7/2, BetBright) - Ryanair Chase

His participation hasn’t yet been set in stone, but if Ruth Jefferson’s stable star is unleashed at Cheltenham then there could well be a new name on the trophy this season despite the presence of defending champion Un De Sceaux.

The Flemensfirth gelding has been brought along steadily, first by the late Malcolm Jefferson, and latterly by his daughter who has taken over the operation from her father following his sad and untimely passing.

The selection is unbeaten over fences thus far, progressing with each run and lowering the colours of Politologue in a Haydock Grade Two contest last term.

3-3 this year, winning twice at Listed level prior to demolishing the admirable Cue Card and others to win a first Grade One contest in the Ascot Chase, he looks every inch a top-drawer performer who has done everything asked of him. He might have won easier at Ascot, but he idled once in front, otherwise it was a performance of real quality.

Soft ground suits, and the strong travelling sort will get a good tow into the race by defending champion Un De Sceaux who could set out to make all again; the northern raider though has shown a real turn of foot, and he has won at Carlisle previously so the stiff uphill finish ought not to prove an issue.

Brian Hughes will be anxious not to get to the front too soon on him, but he dug in well when asked at Ascot, and still with the potential for better over fences he gets the vote to double up his Grade One tally.

WE HAVE A DREAM (10/1, Paddy Power) - Triumph Hurdle

Nicky Henderson could hold the aces in this race, and his Apple’s Shakira has done nothing wrong in impressively racking up four straight wins, including one in France for previous handler Emmanuel Clayeux.

3-3 for Henderson, the Saddler Maker filly is a full-sister to the top-class Apple’s Jade, and she ought to post a big run in defence of her unbeaten record. However, it has to be questioned what she has beaten thus far, and the yard’s other big hope in the race in We Have A Dream could be the one to keep onside, and his chances have largely flown under the radar with all the attention focusing on his more fancied stablemate and impressive recent Kempton scorer, Redicean.

The Martaline gelding has improved markedly since joining this yard from France, winning all four starts over hurdles in decisive fashion, including the Grade One Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow in January, which last year threw up Defi Du Seuil to win the corresponding race on Festival Friday.

He had previously won the Summit Juvenile Hurdle - won by Peace And Co prior to victory in this race in the 2014/15 season - and he was last seen running out an easy winner at Musselburgh where he saw off Act Of Valour by four lengths.

He surely has better to come, and conditions ought not to be a problem although a better surface would be welcome; but it was heavy ground at Chepstow, so prevailing underfoot conditions are unlikely to prevent a bold showing from the four-year old who could represent value against his stablemate who receives a handy allowance.

NATIVE RIVER (11/2, William Hill) - Cheltenham Gold Cup

Last season, Colin Tizzard’s charge was one of the most improved horses in training - not that he was any mug previously - and the Indian River gelding stepped up on a promising return over hurdles to rack up a hat-trick of wins which included a tremendous weight-carrying performance to take the Welsh Grand National, having won the Hennessy on his previous start.

A straight-forward win in the Denman Chase saw him thrust into the Gold Cup picture where he ran a blinder to finish third, staying on stoutly once headed and only just denied the runner-up spot.

Subsequently found to have injured himself in the race, he has missed the remainder of last season and the bulk of this term due to a ligament problem; but he made a taking return to action when successfully defending his Denman Chase crown at the expense of Cloudy Dream and Saphir Du Rheu.

There is an argument to make which can pick holes in that form; Cloudy Dream looked a non-stayer in the ground, while Saphir Du Rheu was making his own return and probably needed the outing.

That point can similarly be made of Colin Tizzard’s charge who should improve for the outing, and it was more the manner of his success than what he beat on the day that was more impressive. He will arrive at Cheltenham a fresher horse than was the case twelve months ago, and with proven stamina and ability to handle a range of underfoot conditions then his chances of claiming the Blue Riband are clear to see.    

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Reviews: We review every race at the Cheltenham Festival for the last few years. Each race page on the site records how the races unfolded and our take on the performances of note.

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Famous Cheltenham Festival winners

We've been firing in winners for years, take a look at some of our older Cheltenham Festival winning tips:

Champion Hurdle – "Sublimity has a good combination of speed and stamina and will be suited by the way the race is run…Afsoun could prove best of the outsiders" (Sublimity won comfortably at 16-1 and Afsoun was third at 28-1).

Brit Insurance Hurdle – "Wichita Lineman looks like being many people’s banker of the Festival and he is hard to oppose. He seems to have all the attributes necessary to land this event...it is not hard to see an outsider making the frame and the one to follow could be Air Force One" (Wichita Lineman won by 12 lengths at 11-8 and Air Force One was second at 25-1).

Jewson Handicap – "L’Antartique’s trainer Ferdy Murphy had an excellent Festival last season...this looks like his trip and if the stable’s horses are again showing signs of form at the Festival he could be worth an interest at a big price" (L’Antartique won at 20-1).

Arkle – "Noland definitely looks the one to beat. Tidal Bay would be the biggest danger to the selection if running here in preference to the Sun Alliance, whilst the front running Kruguyrova won’t be easy to peg back and could hold on for a place" (The result? 1st Tidal Bay 6-1, 2nd Kruguyrova 9-1, 3rd Noland 7-4!)

Coral Cup – "Ferdy Murphy is better known for the exploits of his chasers at recent Festivals, but Naiad Du Misselot has a big chance here...He is only lightly raced, and should have plenty of improvement in him" (Naiad Du Misselot won at 7-1).

Champion Hurdle - "Whilst Binocular is worthy favourite, Punjabi seems to save his best for the spring and will be hard to keep out of the frame" (Punjabi won at 22-1).

Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle - "Pride Of Dulcote looks the pick of the fancied runners, but Weapon's Amnesty is our choice" (Weapon's Amnesty won at 8-1, Pride of Dulcote finished second at 3-1).

Arkle Chase - "Sizing Europe's break from the track will serve him well and his ability to quicken and relentless engine were on show in an impressive racecourse gallop last week.  It is easy to see why his trainer is extremely bullish and he too believes that Cheltenham will suit Sizing Europe much better than Leopardstown. He is an extremely classy horse and his price already makes him a very attractive each-way betting proposition." (Sizing Europe was advised and won at 5/1)

Coral Cup - "Spirit River was unlucky at Newbury last time out, but he hacked up here in December and must have a huge chance if he lasts out the trip. His form in France suggests he has every chance of doing so" (Spirit River won at 14-1).

Imperial Commander wins the Gold Cup.

Gold Cup - "Billed as a two horse race, but that leaves Cheltenham specialist Imperial Commander outstanding value. Kauto Star and Denman have obvious chances but, with his untapped potential at the trip, Imperial looks the better bet" (Imperial Commander won at 7-1).

Supreme Novices Hurdle - "Cue Card is a worthy favourite, but Al Ferof looks a solid each-way alternative. Sprinter Sacre could be anything and may give the selection most to do" (Al Ferof won at 10-1, Sprinter Sacre was third at 11-1).

Champion Hurdle - "The faster pace and better ground at Cheltenham are certain to suit Hurricane Fly's breathtaking acceleration and with his slick jumping, ability to stay and his desire to get his head in front, the French import has all the necessary ingredients to finally prove he is the best hurdler on both sides of the Irish Sea." (Hurricane Fly won after being advised at 11/2)

David Nicholson Mares Hurdle - "It is impossible to look beyond Quevega who looks a class above her rivals here" (Quevega won at 5-6).

Neptune Novices Hurdle - "In a race that looks unlikely to produce a shock, preference is for First Lieutenant whose win at Leopardstown in December is working out really well" (First Lieutenant won at 7-1).

Fred Winter Novices Hurdle - "What A Charm is very well handicapped on her flat form and fillies have a decent record in this race, she is taken to run a big race" (What A Charm won at 9-1).

Jewson Novices Chase - "Preference is for Noble Prince, who was just about the best of these over hurdles, and a step up in trip and better ground should see him improve the already decent form he has shown over fences to date" (Noble Prince won at 4-1).

Don’t forget, the prices above are the SPs, but our ante-post Festival tips are posted on the site in advance of the relevant contests at a time when even more rewarding odds are available. For example, Sublimity was generally available at 50-1 when we highlighted his chances in February 2007.

Trends: In making our selections, we pay special attention to the patterns that have developed over the years, as Cheltenham is such a unique course and the races at the Festival have their own special characteristics. Certainly, history repeats itself here more than at any other meeting and our careful analysis of these trends enables us to whittle down large fields to a few prime contenders.

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