Saturday, 20th April 2019
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The Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup

Now over four days, Cheltenham sees top class jumping action, with each day playing host to a Championship (feature) race.

The highlight of the opening day, Tuesday, is the Champion Hurdle run over 2m 1/2f (8 hurdles), a true speed test for experienced hurdlers. The novice equivalent of this event is the Grade 1 The Supreme novicesÂ’ Hurdle 2m 1/2f (8 hurdles), run on the same day and is the curtain raiser to the whole meeting.

On Wednesday, the fastest chasers in training contest the Queen Mother Champions Chase, 2m (12 fences), while the novice division fight out the Grade 1Arkle Chase, run the previous day. Wednesday's action draws to a close with the Champion Bumper, a flat race run under National Hunt rules.

Thursday's feature is the Ladbroke World Hurdle (formerly known as Stayers' hurdle), run over 3m (12 hurdles) provides the ultimate stamina test for experienced hurdlers on Day 3, while the novices contest the Grade 1 Sun Alliance Novices Hurdle, 2m 5f (10 hurdles).

Friday, the final day, gets underway with the Triumph Hurdle, and continues with the Blue Ribband event, The Cheltenham Gold Cup, a steeplechase run over 3m 2 1/2f (22 fences) and the ultimate test of speed and endurance for the best chasers around. The Grade 1Sun Alliance Novices Chase, (3m 1/2f - 19 fences) is the novice equivalent and can often provide a stepping stone to the Gold Cup itself in future years.


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