The Cheltenham Festival is the pinnacle of the National Hunt game in the UK and Ireland and the 2014 Meeting is already looking likely to be bigger and better than ever before. It is once again shaping up to be a classic Cheltenham with some of the big winners from 2013 likely to return to Prestbury Park to defend their titles. The 2014 Festival will take place between the 11th-14th March and the countdown is well and truly on.
Bobs Worth was the brilliant winner of the Gold Cup in 2013 and he will be the horse to watch once again next season for Nicky Henderson. Elsewhere we can look forward to the return of the great Sprinter Sacre who will surely be back with the aim of winning the Champion Chase for the second year on the bounce. However, one of the biggest questions ahead of the 2014 Festival will be whether or not Big Buck's can return from injury to regain his stayers hurdle crown for a fifth time, having missed the 2013 Festival through injury.
We will be following all the important horses this season as they make their way to the Cheltenham Festival and the form guides are a top class aid for any punter. Each and every one of the 27 Festival Races has a dedicated form guide attached to it which has been running right through the winter to ensure they are as comprehensive as possible. Cheltenham Festival Form is vital when it comes to having a bet with the undulations of Prestbury Park often catching horses and punters out when it comes to the big Festival races. The same can be said of the Cheltenham race cards which will be available through each day of the Festival; they will give punters a quick and easy guide to any race including the very latest price for each runner.
The ante-post race cards for the four Championship races are now live on the site and punters can get all the information they need on the biggest races. The cards will be updated at each declaration stage over the coming weeks with the Gold Cup Race Card, the Champion Hurdle, the World Hurdle and the Champion Chase of particular importance.
Our very own Tom Lee will once again be on duty for us during the Cheltenham Festival 2014 and he will be making his tips for all the big races on a daily basis. Tom has been in great form over the past couple of years at the Festival including in 2013 when he racked up a number of winners for punters. Anyone who followed Tom at the last Festival will know he picked the likes of Our Conor and Hurricane Fly among others, we know for a fact that he is eager to top that at next year's meeting making his Cheltenham Festival Tips essential reading.
There are 27 top class races at the Cheltenham Festival spread out over four days of superb action. The Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the World Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup are of course the four big Championship races and they will always attract the main betting interest. One of the most popular Cheltenham Festival Races is the Supreme Novices Hurdle which is of course the first race of the meeting and is always the subject of a flurry of betting activity in the build-up. The Festival is also well known for its highly competitive handicap races with Jewson Novices and the Kim Muir among the most popular on the card.
We may be ten months away from the 2014 Cheltenham Festival but already there is talk surrounding the return from injury of legendary name. Big Buck's missed the 2013 Festival with a tendon injury having won the World Hurdle for the past four years. Trainer Paul Nicholls has reported the horse to be reacting well at home and the plan now is for Big Buck's to have one run, before heading back to Prestbury Park next year. [more]
One of the highlights of the Cheltenham Festival last month came when Hurricane Fly bounded up the hill to win the Champion Hurdle. It was a memorable victory on the first day of the meeting as he became the first horse since in 1975 to regain the Champion Hurdle crown. That proved beyond doubt that Hurricane Fly is the best hurdler of his generation and punters will get another chance to see him strut his stuff at Punchestown on Friday. [more]
There are a number of enticing races for punters to look forward to at Punchestown this week but perhaps the best of those comes on Thursday. The World Series Hurdle is the highlight on the card and we are ready for a titanic tussle between the legendary Quevega and the classy Solwhit. Quevega has won the Mares Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on five successive occasions while Solwhit was highly impressive at Cheltenham when winning the World Hurdle last month. [more]
The Punchestown Festival takes place over in Ireland this week and there are some mouth-watering clashes for punters to look forward. A number of Cheltenham Festival winners, both past and present, will be on show for one final time this season with the Tote Punchestown Gold Cup one of the highlights of the week on Wednesday. The best staying chasers in Ireland are engaged in the race as always but there is an added angle this year in the form of a number of English raiders. [more]
No sooner has the curtain fallen on a fantastic 2013 Cheltenham Festival that attention is already turning to next year's meeting. As racing fans get their breath back following a rollercoaster four days at Prestbury Park, talk is beginning to centre around which of the star performers from this year will be back to defend their crowns in 12 months time. [more]
Following on from last year, we are delighted to announce that we are featuring horse racing tips from Channel Four Racing presenter, Tom Lee.
Tom appears on Channel 4's Morning Line & covers live Racing in the afternoon as well fronting RTE's Racing coverage in Ireland, his Cheltenham Festival Tips and previews of each day's Racing will be available during the Festival and supported with opinions and views from our Racing writers.View Tom's Racing Tips
We now have the latest bookmakers betting odds for the main Cheltenham Festival Races.
These odds are updated regularily to ensure that you in touch with all the market moves in the build up to the festival.