As many as 1,038 entries have been made for next month’s competition, with 257 coming from Ireland.
The Cheltenham Festival will hold the £90,000 Festival Trophy Handicap Chase on Tuesday, March 11. The event is expected to exceed an extended three miles. There is also the day’s finale, the £60,000 Rewards4Racing Novice’s Handicap Chase which will cover an extended two miles.
Racing fans are looking forward to watching Triolo D’ Alene (trained by Nicky Henderson) and Teaforthree (trained by Rebecca Curtis) compete because they are the Crabbie’s Grand National contenders.
Wednesday’s “Ladies Day” will present three handicaps, and the most valuable race will be the £80,000 Coral Cup (136 entries have been submitted for this event) which will take in five furlongs and cover over two miles. Balthazar King (trained by Philip Hobbs) and Big Shu (trained by Peter Maher IRE) have been victorious at the 2012 and 2013 Cheltenham Festivals that were sponsored by Betfair Betting, and they are part of the 37 entries for the £50,000 Glenfarcias Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase. Another contestant to look forward to is Guitar Pete (trained by Dessie hughes IRE), the Grade One Spring Juvenile Hurdle champion that will join 75 other entries in the £75,000 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.
Horse racing fans will witness three more handicaps on Thursday’s card, beginning with the £80,000 Listed Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle. This race will cover over three miles, and features 70 entries. Last year, Carrickboy (trained by Venetia Williams) was victorious in the £90,000 Grade Three Byrne Cup Plate. This 10-year-old racehorse will participate in this year’s half-mile and two mile chase, along with 83 other entries. Finally, there are 110 entries that are getting ready for the £60,000 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase. This year’s race for amateur riders has
the highest total since the event in 2007.