Around 50,000 spectators are expected to descend on Cheltenham Racecourse on Tuesday as the annual Festival gets under way once more.
More than £2million was withdrawn from the racecourse's cashpoints during the four-day period 12 months ago as Don Cossack won the Gold Cup for trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Bryan Cooper.
This year the final day feature race will be without injured big names Don Poli Thistlecrack, Faugheen and Annie Power, while retired Sprinter Sacre will also be absent.
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DATE, TIME AND VENUE
The Cheltenham races begin on Tuesday, March 14 and will run until Friday, March 17.
The festival is staged at Cheltenham Racecourse and will include seven races per day - 28 in total, with one major event - or Championship race - per day.
Friday's Gold Cup is the blue riband race and will run at 3.30pm on the final day. For individual race times check out the full schedule below.
(Feature race at 3.30pm each day)
1.30pm £125,000 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m ½f
2.10pm: £175,000 Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase (G1) 2m
2.50pm: £105,000 Ultima Handicap Chase (G3) 3m 1f
3.30pm: £400,000 Stan James Champion Hurdle (G1) 2m ½f
4.10pm: £110,000 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle (G1) 2m 4f
4.50pm: £120,000 J T McNamara National Hunt Chase (G2) 4m
5.30pm: £70,000 Close Brothers Novices’ H’cap Chase (Listed) 2m 4½f
1.30pm: £125,000 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (G1) 2m 5f
2.10pm: £175,000 RSA Novices’ Chase (G1) 3m ½f
2.50pm: £95,000 Coral Cup (Handicap Hurdle) (G3) 2m 5f
3.30pm: £350,000 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (G1) 2m
4.10pm: £65,000 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 3m 6f
4.50pm: £80,000 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (G3) 2m ½f
5.30pm: £75,000 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (G1) 2m ½f
1.30pm: £150,000 JLT Novices’ Chase (G1) 2m 4f
2.10pm: £95,000 Pertemps Network Final (Handicap Hurdle) (Listed) 3m
2.50pm: £300,000 Ryanair Chase (G1) 2m 5f
3.30pm: £300,000 Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle (G1) 3m
4.10pm: £105,000 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (Handicap Chase) (G3) 2m 5f
4.50pm: £80,000 Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle (G2) 2m 1f
5.30pm: £70,000 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase 3m 2f
1.30pm: £125,000 JCB Triumph Hurdle (G1) 2m 1f
2.10pm: £95,000 Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (G3) 2m 1f
2.50pm: £125,000 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (G1) 3m
3.30pm: £575,000 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (G1) 3m 2½f
4.10pm: £45,000 St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase 3m 2½f
4.50pm: £65,000 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle 2m 4½f
5.30pm: £105,000 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (G3) 2m ½f
Cheltenham Festival tickets are still available across all four days and range from £35 to £800 for hospitality packages. Click here for more information.
IS IT ON TV?
All four days of the Cheltenham Festival will be shown live on ITV.
Coverage starts at 1pm on Tuesday March 14.
CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP ODDS (via 888Sport)
Native River 7/2
Cue Card 4/1
Sizing John 9/1
Empire of Dirt 12/1
More of That 12/1
Champagne West 14/1
Britstol De Mai 20/1
Minella Rocco 20/1
Smad Place 33/1
Saphir du Rheu 40/1
Tea For Two 50/1
Irish Cavalier 66/1