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The 2018 Cheltenham Festival takes place at Prestbury Park from Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th March with 28 races staged over the four days.
The opening Tuesday - now titled "Champion Day" - opens with the Supreme Novices Hurdle and features the Champion Hurdle - the championship event for 2 mile hurdlers.
Wednesday is "Ladies Day" where the Queen Mother Champion Chase takes centre stage whilst on St Patrick's Thursday the Stayers Hurdle is the feature race on the card.
The Festival culminates on Gold Cup day where the finest staying chasers in the land duel for the meeting's most prestigious prize. By the close of the meeting, the Prestbury Cup will be awarded to either Great Britain or Ireland based on the number of winners trained in that country.
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10-year-old chaser Cause of Causes has been retired by JP McManus, it has been reported.
The horse, who won a National Hunt Chase, a Kim Muir, and a Glenfarclas Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in his time, was last seen when being pulled up when taking another shot at the Cross-Country Chase last month.
He had an entry to the Grand National - a race in which he finished second last year - but will not now contest the race or, indeed, any others.
That makes it a record eight winners for Gordon Elliott for the week!
What a week for him and what a week for Irish racing!
Native River has outstayed Might Bite up the hill to win the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup!
Those two put in classy displays and were a cut above their competition on the day with only stamina separating them.
A race befitting its blue ribbon status in the sport!
This is another big field affair and is normally run at a frenetic pace over three miles.
The winner of this will likely need bags of stamina. Nicky Henderson's Santini, unbeaten in two starts under rules, is two from two under rules and is the market favourite.
Mohaayed claims the county hurdle under Bridget Andrews for Dan Skelton!
Sandsend suffered a heavy fall along with Katie Walsh and we await news on their wellbeing.
Bridget Andrews after she won on Mohaayed
Gordon Elliott and Jack Elliott have claimed the first! What a week for that pairing.
Farclas claims the Triumph Hurdle with Mr Adjudicator in behind for Willie Mullins.