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The biggest and best horse racing meeting in the world is back this week.

talkSPORT and talkSPORT2 be broadcasting live all week at the Cheltenham Festival, with coverage of all the big races, as well as regular updates on Alan Brazil’s whereabouts!

It starts on Tuesday and runs through to Friday. Here’s all you need to know about day one…

What is the ground like?

The going at Cheltenham on the eve of the Festival is heavy, soft in places. 

Where can I listen to coverage?

There will be a special morning preview on talkSPORT2 every day of the Festival from 9:15am and live commentary of the three biggest races of every day on talkSPORT from 1pm on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show.

Who are the top jockeys?
Ruby Walsh leads the way with the most Festival wins. Here’s the top five: Ruby Walsh (56), Barry Geraghty (34), Richard Johnson (22), Davy Russell (18), Tom Scudamore (10).

Who are the top trainers?
Nicky Henderson leads the way as the Festival’s top trainer. Here’s the top five: Nicky Henderson (58), Willie Mullins (54), Paul Nicholls (41), Jonjo O’Neill (26), Phillip Hobbs (19).

How many races are there?
Seven on day one. Here’s the full list:
1.30 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
2.10 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy
2.50 Ultima Handicap Chase
3.30 Unibet Champion Hurdle
4.10 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, 
4.50 National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase
5.30 Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase.

Who should I back?
We’ve asked talkSPORT2’s Racing Club team for their expert views and here’s their top fancies for the feature races:

2.10 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy
Emmet Kennedy: Footpad
Rupert Bell: Footpad
Tanya Stevenson: Saint Calvados

3.30 Unibet Champion Hurdle
Emmet Kennedy: Faugheen
Rupert Bell: John Constable EW
Tanya Stevenson: My Tent Or Yours EW
Lee McKenzie: My Tent Or Yours EW


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