Cheltenham is the home of National Hunt racing, with the Festival in March the undoubted highlight of the jumps season. Two main courses are situated within Prestbury Park, known as the 'old' and 'new' courses. The old course hosts the November meeting and first two days of the Festival, with the new course used for the December meeting and last two days of the Festival. Inside the two lies a cross country course, which is used for several races a year.
The track is an undulating, galloping test, with a downhill run from around half a mile out. The final 300 yards or so are all uphill, and can change the complexion of a race dramatically, so stamina is at a premium.
For odds on the Festival, including the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle, get straight to Cheltenham Festival Betting, while our National Hunt expert provides his best ante-post bets at Cheltenham Festival Tips.