The 2012 Cheltenham Festival is sure to be one of the year's most enthralling extravaganzas and the nation will once again be swept by horse racing fever as gamblers and racing fanatics prepare to embark on an unrivalled path of excitement with a sensational Cheltenham Festival 2012 schedule.
The 2012 Cheltenham Festival will run from 13th to 16th March and the course can expect to welcome over 200,000 racegoers from all over the world, with it believed that more than £500 million will be gambled throughout the week.
The greatest jump horses in the world will all head to the Festival in search of a place in the record books and Long Run will surely be back to defend his Gold Cup crown after his exhilarating success in 2011.
Nicky Henderson’s superstar will be just seven years of age and it will be fascinating to see if there is a horse than can improve past the French import. Can Kauto Star and Denman return for yet another Cheltenham Festival?
Also, will there be any horse that can step up to the plate and take on World Hurdle hero Big Buck's at Prestbury Park? Paul Nicholls' staying legend has never looked like being beaten yet and with Grand Crus now going chasing, it looks like the division is at the mercy of the multiple Grade One winner.
There will also be plenty of racing fans wondering whether Hurricane Fly can win another Champion Hurdle after he proved he was the best hurdler either side of the Irish Sea with another breathtaking performance at last year's meeting. Willie Mullins' French import certainly looks good enough to dominate the race again in 2012 and he could well be on his way to be the best Irish hurdler since the mighty Istabraq.
While it is impossible to know what next year’s meeting will bring one thing is for certain: the action is sure to be explosive, exhilarating and thoroughly intriguing.