We have the lowdown on the key dates for the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, including a schedule and tips for every race.
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The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest events in the UK sporting calendar, with the National Hunt meeting taking place over four days and featuring top-class races such as the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Gold Cup.
When is the 2016 Cheltenham Festival?
The Cheltenham Festival will take place between Tuesday 15 March and Friday 18 March 2016, with the opening day of the meeting featuring the Supreme Novices’ Chase, the Arkle and the Champion Hurdle – won last year by the impressive Faugheen.
Tuesday 15 March – Supreme Novices’ Chase, Arkle, Champion Hurdle
Wednesday 16 March – RSA Steeplechase, Queen Mother Champion Chase
Thursday 17 March – Ryanair Chase, World Hurdle
Friday 18 March – Triumph Hurdle, Gold Cup
The 2015 Cheltenham Festival opened in dramatic fashion when Douvan, Faugheen and Un De Sceaux all triumphed on the Tuesday to leave Willie Mullins on the verge of a famous four-timer. That looked in the bag when Annie Power stormed clear in the Mares’ Hurdle only for her to fall at the last, with Ruby Walsh cutting a disconsolate figure.
Tuesday 15th March – Champion Day
Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2016 Champion Hurdle
1.30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2m 1/2f)
2.05 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase (2m)
2.40 Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase (3m 1/2f)
3.20 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (2m 1/2f)
4.00 Mares’ Hurdle (for the David Nicholson Trophy) (2m 4f)
4.40 National Hunt Chase (4m)
5.15 Novices’ Handicap Chase (2m 4 1/2 f)
Wednesday 16th March – Ladies Day
Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2016 Queen Mother Champion Chase
1.30 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2m 5f)
2.05 RSA Steeple Chase (3m 1/2f)
2.40 Coral Cup (2m 5f)
3.20 BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (2m)
4.00 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (3m 7f)
4.40 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2m 1/2f)
5.15 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Open NH Flat Race) (2m 1/2f)
Thursday 17th March – St Patrick’s Day
Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2016 Ladbrokes World Hurdle
1.30 JLT Novices’ Steeple Chase (2m 5f)
2.05 Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) (3m)
2.40 Ryanair Chase (2m 5f)
3.20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle (3m)
4.00 Byrne Group Plate Handicap Steeple Chase (2m 5f)
4.40 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (3m 1 1/2f)
5.15 St. Patrick’s Derby (Charity Race) (1m 5f)
Friday 18th March – Cheltenham Gold Cup Day
Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the 2016 Gold Cup
1.30 JCB Triumph Hurdle (2m 1f)
2.05 Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle (2m 1f)
2.40 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (3m)
3.20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (3m 2 1/2f)
4.00 Foxhunter Steeple Chase (3m 2 1/2f)
4.40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (2m 4 1/2f)
5.15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase (2m 1/2f)
All odds were correct at time of posting.