Hurricane Fly will aim to land his third Stan James Champion Hurdle crown on the opening day of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, but the Willie Mullins-trained 10-year-old will have a whole host of top class rivals to dispatch in what is a phenomenal renewal of the blue riband event on Tuesday afternoon at 3:20pm.
A cracking winner in last year's renewal, the Irish raider will have some new pretenders bidding for the crown and Nigel Twiston-Davies's The New One is vying for favouritism with the dual victor, whilst fellow Irish charges Our Conor and Jezki will add great strength to the Emerald Isle clan, with My Tent Or Yours another leading challenger for the two-mile prize.
The top class action kicks off at 1:30pm and Paul Nicholls's Irving and Mullins's Vautour are two of the fancied players in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle which will open up the four-day extravaganza, whilst dual festival winner Champagne Fever will lock horns with former Champion Hurdler Rock On Ruby in a fascinating renewal of the Arkle Challenge Trophy at 2:05pm.
Wonder mare Quevega will aim to land an unprecedented sixth successive victory in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle at 4:00pm and the Irish starlet will be most people's bankers heading into Tuesday's seven-race card and will be sent off a warm favourite to dominate the female division again.
Away from that quartet of races there will be a trio of ultra-competitive conundrums and Jonjo O'Neill will unleash a strong team in the Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase at 2:40pm with former winner Alfie Sherrin and Holywell looking major players.
The final two races on the afternoon will offer more head-scratching for punters and Dessie Hughes's Foxrock will do battle with O'Neill's Shutthefrontdoord in the Terry Biddlecombe National Hunt Chase over the gruelling four miles at 4:40pm, whilst the flourishing Present Viws is a major contender along with the classy Pendra in the Rewards4Racing Novices' Handicap Chase at 5:15pm.
We aim to kick off March on a winning note and look to fill up the funds for next month's Cheltenham Festival.
Trainers will be putting the finishing touches to their preparations to have their horses primed for the national hunt extravaganza, which is the Cheltenham Festival and, and we are all set for four days of sensational jumping action at Prestbury Park between March 11 and March 14.
Hurricane Fly will face his stiffest test to date in the Champion Hurdle, whilst Sire De Grugy will look to bag glory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of the meeting. Big Buck's will bid for a fifth Ladbrokes World Hurdle crown on the third day, with Bobs Worth aiming to retain his Cheltenham Gold Cup title on the fourth and final spectacular day's racing.
As the national hunt season begins to click into gear we look at some of the superstars that could hog the limelight and are potential Cheltenham Festival contenders, so have a look at our National Hunt Horses To Follow section for the 2013/2014 campaign.
National hunt eyes will head to Prestbury Park on March 11 for four electric days of jumps racing with the elite of the equine world locking horns in some mouth-watering contests that will see stars born and hearts broken in front of the packed grandstands.
The 2014 Cheltenham Festival will provide an array of thrills and spills with such luminaries as Hurricane Fly, Big Buck's and Bobs Worth all look to sparkle at the Gloucestershire venue and cement their name in the illustrious record books.
With the weights now announced for the 2014 Grand National, punters can begin to try and work out the world's greatest steeple chase and there will be a plethora of top class raiders doing battle in the Aintree marathon and Rebecca Curtis's Teaforthree is the ante-post favourite.
Veteran Tidal Bay will prove to be another popular contender from Paul Nicholls's Ditcheat yard, whilst the Irish are sure to unleash a strong battalion for what is the most hotly-anticipated race of the entire year.
Our resident tipster Steve Chambo will be filtering through the form guides to gain those all-important winners, whilst racing presenter Tom Lee's Horse Racing Tips will be a regular addition to the tipping zone.
So, keep in touch with our tips section, as there is often a selection for the major races as they come along and they could be worth following.Horse Racing Tips
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