Cheltenham festival hosts some of the most hotly contested events in the racing calendar. The four-day event runs between the 12 - 15 March at Cheltenham Racecourse and is attended by thousands of spectators each day.
There are 27 races that make up the Cheltenham festival - 14 chase, 12 hurdle and one bumper (also known as a flat race). Eleven of these races are handicap events which means horses of different weight categories can enter.
The weather can have a significant impact on the racing so jockeys, owners and spectators will be keeping an eye on the Cheltenham Racecourse weather on the lead up to the festival.
Back to the events calendar.
12-15 March Will this year's Cheltenham festival be awash with sunshine or a washout? Check the Cheltenham weather forecast.
The festival highlights are spread over all four days with the ones to watch listed below.
|Date||Day||Big races||Previous winners from 2012|
|12 March||Centenary Day||Stan James Champion Hurdle||Rock on Ruby - N. Fehily|
|13 March||Ladies Day||The Sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase||Finian's Rainbow - BJ. Geraghty|
|14 March||St Patrick's Day||The Ladbrokes World Hurdle||Big Buck's - R. Walsh|
|15 March||Gold Cup Day||The totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup||Synchronised - AP. McCoy|
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