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Cheltenham FestivalThe Cheltenham Festival is the most prestigious race meeting in the British National Hunt (jump) racing calendar. It takes place over four days in early spring at Cheltenham racecourse in Gloucestershire, England. This year’s meeting takes place from 14-17 March 2017 and it looks set to be as exciting as ever.

If you are looking for expert insight into this year’s action, then don’t miss the Cheltenham Festival preview nights taking place around the country.

The most prestigious race at ‘The Festival’ is the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which has been won by such iconic horses as Arkle, Golden Miller, Best Mate, Kauto Star and Denman. Don Cossack triumphed in the 2016 race.

Other top races held at the festival include the Champion Hurdle (Tuesday), the Queen Mother Champion Chase (Wednesday) and the World Hurdle (Thursday).

The Cheltenham Festival also hosts the Foxhunter Chase for amateur riders. Around the same course and distance as the Cheltenham Gold Cup, it typically follows the famous race on the final day of the festival.

Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton hit the headlines last year when completing the Betfair challenge of riding in the race. She finished fifth riding the Paul Nicholls-trained Pacha Du Polder.