The Cheltenham Festival is one of sport’s most enthralling extravaganzas and in 2017 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.
Each year the Cheltenham Festival gets underway with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, a race greeted by the famous roar from the crowd that tells us that four days of exhilarating horse racing action has finally begun.
Raced at a distance just over two miles the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is run at a frantic pace and it almost always gets the Festival off to a bang. A big field will tackle the race and some future stars of the hurdling and chasing world will be in action.
The highlight of the first day’s racing at the Festival is the Champion Hurdle, the Grade one showpiece run over two miles that often confirms who is the champion of the hurdling division.
A large field of superstars almost always goes to post and there is a form candidate everywhere you look, something that certainly seems to be the case in 2016.