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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.

Follow all the latest Cheltenham Festival news on the feed below.

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Three-time Cheltenham Festival Winner Retired

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.

The Curtain Comes Down On Another Festival
James Stevens
The Sportsman Reporter
Richard Johnson has hailed an ‘amazing’ Native River, after Colin Tizzard’s star battled off favourite Might Bite in a thrilling finish in the Cheltenham Gold…
Le Prezien Wins The Grand Annual

Barry Geraghty's mount stayed on strongly up the hill to claim the final race of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival!

A winner on the boards for Paul Nichols!

Next Up: It's The Grand Annual!

The final race of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival is coming up!

 

Blow By Blow Wins The Martin Pipe!

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!

Watch: Native River Beats Might Bite To Win The Cheltenham Gold Cup
David Irwin
The Sportsman Reporter
Colin Tizzard’s Native River has outstayed Nicky Henderson’s Might Bite to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. In a competitive renewal of the race, Henderson’s inmate…
Next Up: It's The Foxhunters

One of the most unique sights of the week next, it's the Foxhunters!

Native River Wins The Gold Cup!

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!

Next Up: It's The Cheltenham Gold Cup!

The highlight of The Festival for most racing fans is up next - can Might Bite win the Gold Cup?

David Irwin
The Sportsman Reporter
Nicky Henderson is aiming for a historic treble this afternoon as he send out Might Bite in the Gold Cup. After Buveur d’Air won the…
Kilbricken Storm Wins The Albert Bartlett For Colin Tizzard!

Kilbricken Storm outstays the long-time leader Fabulous Saga to claim the Albert Bartlett!

His handler Colin Tizzard runs Native River in the Gold Cup next, can he make it a double on the day?

Next Up At Cheltenham: It's The Albert Bartlett!

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 Wins The County Hurdle!

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.

Next Up At Cheltenham: It's The County Hurdle!

A competitive handicap hurdle is up next at Prestbury Park!

Farclas Wins The Triumph Hurdle!

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.

First Up At Cheltenham: Can Apple's Shakira Win The Triumph?

She's been backed off the boards this morning, but can Nicky Henderson's juvenile make it 4-4 at Cheltenham?

Farclas and Mr Adjudicator lead the Irish challenge.

We're minutes away!

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