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Cheltenham Racecards 2024

Welcome to our Cheltenham Festival racecards where you will find the runners, riders, form and odds for every race at the 2024 Cheltenham Festival. The highlight of the national hunt season takes place over four days where national hunt greats go into battle. Here you can study the in-depth form to help you unearth your all-important festival bets.

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Tuesday 12th Mar
Wednesday 13th Mar
Thursday 14th Mar
Friday 15th Mar

Picking a winner is never easy at the Cheltenham Festival. The fiercely competitive nature of the races and with over 500 horses to choose from, it can sometimes feel like an impossible task.

Our in-depth Cheltenham racecards are jam-packed with form, statistics and data to provide you with all the information you need to solve the puzzle and pinpoint your festival bets.

Horse’s number

A horse’s number is displayed in bold on the left-hand side of the racecard next to the horse’s name. Numbers are often allocated by weight in handicap races with number 1 carrying the highest weight in the race.

Jockey Silks

The jockey wears silks designed by the owner of the horse.This helps to identify each horse in the race. The silks are displayed next to the horse’s name.

Horse’s name

The name of the horse is displayed in bold next to its allocated number.

Betting Odds

The odds are shown in bold on the right hand side of the horse’s details and highlighted in green underneath the name of its trainer and jockey. Use the dropdown to select your chosen bookmakers.

Trainer

The trainer’s full name is written to the right of the horse’s name, above the jockey’s name. An in-form trainer will have a good ‘strike-rate’, this is their ratio of winners-to-runners in the past 14 days.The number of winners the trainer has recently sent out can be found by clicking on the trainer’s name.

Jockey

The jockey rides the horse in the race and does the all-important steering. Their full name is written underneath the trainer’s name. The recent record of each jockey can be found by clicking on their name.

Race Conditions

The type/class of the race is displayed at the header of the racecard in bold along with the distance of the race, age of the horses and number declared. The ‘conditions’ tab displays race conditions such as which horses must carry penalties (extra weight).

Previous form

Racing enthusiasts will delve into a horse’s previous form when studying the racecard.

Form figures of ‘12’ are read as first and second. The horse has run twice in its lifetime and has finished first and second.

A dash separates seasons and a slash indicates a prolonged break.

The following can also be visible on a horse’s previous form:

  • 0 – finished outside of the first nine
  • PU – pulled up
  • BD – brought down
  • F – fell
  • R – refused
  • U – unseated rider
  • S - Slipped

Clicking on the horse’s name allows you to find details on where the horse ran these races, the ability of the horses they ran against and the type of race.

Age

The age of the horse is in bold to the right of its name.

Weight (wgt)

The weight the horse carries is to the right of the horse’s gender in bold, for example 9-8.

Official rating (OR)

The horse’s official rating is in bold below the horse’s details, for example ‘Rated 113’. A rating is given by the handicapper based on previous runs. Most horses are given an official rating once the horse has run three times.

Days

This figure is the number of days since a horse’s last run shown in brackets.

Equipment (Equip)

This section reveals if the horse is wearing additional equipment in the race which can aid the horse. If the horse is wearing the equipment for the first time there will be a 1 next to the letter. The letters are highlighted in red or grey.

  • b – blinkers
  • es – eye shields
  • h - hood
  • p – cheek pieces
  • ts – tongue strap
  • v – visor
  • cp - cheek pieces
  • w - wind operation

You will also see these letters highlighted in purple:

  • D (distance) - this shows the horse has won previously over the distance of the race.
  • C (course) - the horse has won at the same racecourse.
  • CD (course and distance) - won at the same racecourse over the same distance.
  • BF (beaten favourite) - indicates the horse was a beaten favourite last time out.

Previous Winner

At the footer of the racecard for the big races is the previous winners of the race, punters often look at the record of trainers and jockeys in a race to identify if they target certain races from year-to-year.

irishracing.com Form Filter

You can use the form filter located next to the time of the race to filter by ground, course, type of race and more.

Breeding

The horse’s sire (father) is highlighted in green below its name next to its dam in grey. You can also see the horses relations next to by hovering on the icon in bold.

Tuesday March 12 - Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) - the Festival curtain raiser which sets off the famous ‘Cheltenham roar’, a joyous cheer from the crowd as the tape goes up. The best two-mile novice hurdlers, aged 4 years and up, head into battle on the old course, taking in 8 hurdles in total.

Arkle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) - agility and speed are tested in the Arkle as novice chasers go head-to-head over 2 miles on the old course. This race often produces champions who go on to win the ultimate two-mile prize - the Champion Chase - the following year. Moscow Flyer, Azertyuiop, Voy Por Ustedes, Sizing Europe, Altior and Sprinter Sacre have achieved this feat.

Ultima Handicap Chase - this is one of the big betting races on the first day with historically big fields lining up for the fiercely competitive handicap. The stamina contest is open to five-year-olds and up and is run on the old course taking in 20 fences, over a gruelling test of 3 miles and 1 furlong.

Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) - the first Championship race of the famous four days when the star hurdlers take to the stage. Top-class hurdlers aged four years and up, tackle 8 hurdles over two miles to win the coveted prize. See You Then and Istabraq are among the Champion Hurdle legends who took the crown three times.

Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 1) - a race dominated by Willie Mullins in its early days when established in 2008 most notably by Quevega, a wonder mare who won this contest a staggering six times. Run on the old course over two and a half miles the classy mares, aged four years and up face nine hurdles.

Boodles Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) - horses aged four years line up for this contest over two miles and half a furlong on the old course. This handicap hurdle for novices often presents a decent betting opportunity thanks to its competitive nature. The field tackle 8 hurdles in total. Look out for Paul Nicholls-trained runners in this race as it’s a contest he successfully targets.

National Hunt Chase (Grade 2) - affectionately known as the ‘four-miler’, this staying Grade 2 for amateur riders staged over 3 miles and 6 furlongs on the old course, is rich in history. The dour chasers, aged five years and up, face 24 fences on the old course.

FAQs: Cheltenham Festival Races:

What are the four championship races at the Cheltenham Festival?

The Champion Hurdle, The Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Stayers’ Hurdle and the Gold Cup.

When is the Gold Cup run?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is run on the Friday of the Cheltenham Festival at 3.30pm.

What are Cheltenham non-runners?

Non-runners are horses pulled out of a race after declarations. This can be due to a number of reasons such as unsuitable ground conditions or injury.

When are Cheltenham runners confirmed?

Entries for the big races begin in January and February, while handicap entries are undertaken in late February. Declarations are made 48 hours before the race.