Cheltenham, as I am sure you know, kicks off today with over 250,000 people set to make their way to the prestigious racing festival.
The Four-day racing event is easily the most hotly anticipated racing occasion in everybody’s calendar, with prize money in excess of €5.18 million up for grabs, in what is a record year for prize money.
All Irish eyes will be on Ruby Walsh upon his return to the racecourse from injury, with bookies said to be expecting the worst, should Ruby return to his normal winning ways. Jessica Harrington, a horse trainer, is also set to be represented at the event this year, with Our Duke set to run in the Gold Cup.
How is the weather looking?
Despite the recent bad weather and rainfall, it is thought that the course is in good shape for the week ahead.
Today, Tuesday will remain a bright day, with only the occasional shower and maximum temperatures of 12 degrees. Wednesday is expected to be slightly windier with coastal gales and some showers.
Any strong winds and showers should subside by Thursday, with Friday expected to be slightly breezy, with scattered showers.
Race Schedule: -
The first race of the event kicks off at 1:30 pm, Champion Day, with seven races in total.
13:30 - The Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle Race
14:10 - The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
14:50 - The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
15:30 - The UniBet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
16:10 - The OLBG Mares' Hurdle Race
16:50 - The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
17:30 - The Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase
Day two, March 14th, is of course Ladies day and will also feature seven races.
13:30 - The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Race
14:10 - The RSA Steeple Chase
14:50 - The Coral Cup Hurdle
15:30 - The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
16:10 - The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase
16:50 - The Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race
17:30 - The Weatherbys Champion Bumper
Dubbed St Patrick’s Thursday, another racing day with seven races on the cards, which you can read below.
13:30 - The JLT Novices' Chase
14:10 - The Pertemps Network Final
14:50 - The Ryanair Steeple Chase
15:30 - The Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle
16:10 - The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate
16:50 - The Trull House Stud Mares Novices' Hurdle
17:30 - The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase
The final and most hotly anticipated racing day of the event. Friday sees the Gold Cup steeple chase take place, which is the race watched across the world. Again there will be seven races on the day, with the event finishing with the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup at 5:30pm.
13:30 - The JCB Triumph Hurdle
14:10 - The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Race
14:50 - The Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Race
15:30 - The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase
16:10 - The St. James's Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
16:50 - The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle Race
17:30 - The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
Are you contemplating going? Well good news then, as tickets are still available through the official Cheltenham website. They range in prices from €45 (£40) to €917 (£815) and can be purchased here.