The Cheltenham Festival is the main highlight of the national hunt season, but unless you are a seasoned watcher, you might not be aware you what are the four championship races.
As well as the Grand National, the Cheltenham Festival is an event where the casual, novice gambler will have a bet. Meaning not everybody will know what a championship race is, or why it is a championship race.
What are the Four Cheltenham Festival Championship Races?
There are 4 Championship Races at the Cheltenham Festival, they are……
- Champion Hurdle
- Queen Mother Chase
- Stayers’ Hurdle
- Cheltenham Gold Cup
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The four Championship Races at the Cheltenham Festival, are the Champion Hurdle on Tuesday, the Queen Mother Chase on Wednesday, the Stayers’ Hurdle (formally the World Hurdle) is on Thursday, and the Cheltenham Gold Cup is ran on Fridays. It’s the same format every year.
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The Cheltenham Festival is the annual show piece event of the National Hunt season, For four days in March every year, the great and the good of jump racing descend on Prestbury Park, for the Cheltenham Festival.
How many Races are there at the Cheltenham Festival in total?
There are 28 races in total at the Festival, with 7 races held on each of the 4 days.
All of the 28 races are of the highest quality, but there are 4 main show piece races that stand out from everything else.
On each of the 4 days, there is a championship race, with all four races starting at 3.30pm.
As well as having 28 top quality races to bet on at Cheltenham there is also competitive markets such as Prestbury Cup Betting (GB V Ire winning horses), Top Trainer Betting (which trainer will train the most winners), Top Jockey Betting (dominated by Ruby Walsh lately), and Top Owner Betting (a bet on which owner will have the most winning horses).
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Cheltenham Championship Races FAQ
The Champion Hurdle is the championship on Tuesday, which is Day 1 of the Festival.
The big race on Day 2 of the Festival, is the Queen Mother Chase. This race is always on Wednesdays.
Day 3, Thursday, is now known as St Patrick’s Day, in honour of the massive contribution Irish horses, jockeys, owners, and race goers make to the Festival. The championship race is the Stayers’ Hurdle (formally known as the World Hurdle).
The final day, is the big day at the Festival. Friday ‘s championship race is the Cheltenham Gold Cup. This is blue ribbon event of the whole of the Cheltenham Festival.