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Cheltenham Festival Kicks off Tuesday

Cheltenham Festival
The Cheltenham Festival starts on Tuesday. (Photo credit: Cheltenham Racecourse).

Four extraordinary days of racing from Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 March 2023. Featuring 14 Grade One races across four days of racing as the best horses, trainers and jockeys go head to head.

Each of the races at The Cheltenham Festival is a chance to be part of history. It creates memories that last a lifetime. You don’t want to miss it. We look forward to enjoying the action with you in 2023.

Starting with Champion Day – celebrate the return of jump racing’s greatest festival where reigning and future Champions unite, all eager to carve their name into the star-studded wall of Jump Racing Greats.

Day two is filled with unmissable action on and off the track, Festival Wednesday features the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, where speed and jumping ability matters most.

For celebrations like no other and racing to match, St Patrick’s Thursday provides. Where Irish passion raises the rafters and the horses and jockeys put on a special show to try and tip the balance and get closer to winning the coveted Prestbury cup.

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Finally, there’s Gold Cup Day, the jewel in Jump Racing’s crown, the most prestigious trophy in horse racing and arguably, sport. Who will you back to claim the ultimate title and be crowned the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup winner 2023?

Prestbury Cup

The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse has seen a great rivalry between the home team of British-trained runners and those crossing the Irish Sea for many years.

To celebrate this rivalry, the competition between the two countries is officially titled The Prestbury Cup.

The Craft Irish Whiskey Prestbury Cup runs from the first race of the four-day meeting from the first race on Day One through until either country has 14 winners or more.

There are a total of 28 races during The Festival.

The Prestbury Cup, named after the nearest village to Cheltenham Racecourse, will be presented to jockeys and trainers from Ireland or Britain once the winning country is confirmed. The Cup itself has been sealed with some hallowed Cheltenham turf, so the winning country will be taking a little bit of Cheltenham with them.