Cheltenham 2018 set to be another spectacular
Few horse racing festivals in the world can match the Cheltenham Festival for sheer drama and excitement. The four day national hunt (jumps) racing spectacular features some of the best runners and riders on the planet. Indeed, many claim that Cheltenham has now eclipsed both Royal Ascot and the Grand National in becoming the most important event in all of horse racing. The thunderous action and pulsating drama on show lends a lot of credibility to this claim. The 2018 Cheltenham Festival will take place from 13-16th March at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire. It will feature 28 superb races, including the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The Festival has had a long an illustrious history. It has provided the setting for the incredible feats from legendary horses like Desert Orchid, Kauto Star and Arkle. It has been the most important event in making the careers of superstar jockeys like Tony “A.P” McCoy and Ruby Walsh. The names on the winners’ lists may change each year, but one thing has remained constant each and every festival – that famous Cheltenham atmosphere. Even non racing fans could not fail to be moved at the sound of the ‘Cheltenham Roar’ that greets the opening race, a sign that a special few days are about to kick off.
Like a fine wine, Cheltenham seems to get better and better each year. The action in 2017 can only be described as utterly breathtaking. Highlights included the Queen Mother Champion Chase, a race that was expected to be won with ease by the imperious Douvan. In the end, Special Tiara shocked the world by beating Willie Mullins’ superstar, a feat comparable to knocking out Mohammed Ali in his prime. The 2017 Festival also saw huge wins for Buveur D’Air (Champion Hurdle), Nichols Canyon (World Hurdle) and Sizing John (Gold Cup). The latter was one of the most exciting races in recent memory, where the lead changed several times before Sizing John made a barnstorming finish to claim one of the biggest prizes in horse racing.
So, what will 2018 bring? Even months before the next festival kicks off, all eyes will be on Cheltenham preview night at Cheltenham Racecourse. Those who like a punt – and Cheltenham is one of the world’s biggest betting events – will be keen to find out the ins and outs of every potential runner of the festival. Indeed, over the coming months betting tipsters will be hanging on every word from top trainers like Willie Mullins, Colin Tizzard and Nicky Henderson. A little hint of information here or there could make all the difference between a very profitable festival and a disappointing one.
If you have never experienced top level horse racing before, the Cheltenham Festival is a good place to start. It is the Champions League of horse racing, where the best of the best duke it out over four days and 28 electrifying races. Expect the 2018 Festival to bring back top ‘heavyweights’ like Native River and Douvan, as well as new stars for the future. This cauldron of sporting action will form new history and make more legends. Four days of supreme drama. Don’t miss it
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