All eyes will veer to Gloucestershire on Tuesday afternoon as the 2014 Cheltenham Festival kicks off and we are destined to four sensational days of top class national hunt racing in which the elite of the jumping division do battle over 27 electric races with the best of British doing battle with the class of the Irish in the 'Greatest Show On Turf'.
The opening day will start with a bang and Irving and Vautour will lock horns in an extremely wide open renewal of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, whilst dual festival winner Champagne Fever will aim to record the hat-trick in the Arkle Challenge Trophy, with Hurricane Fly another bidding for a third win at the Prestbury Park extravaganza and he is a leading contender for the Stan James Champion Hurdle.
Sire De Grugy will aim to be the star of the show on Wednesday as he aims to make the most of Sprinter Sacre's absence by landing success in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, whilst the Neptune Novices' Hurdle and RSA Chase will just be another couple of Grade One highlights.
Four times Ladbrokes World Hurdle winner Big Buck's will aim for a famous fifth success in the staying contest on Thursday, but the Paul Nicholls-trained phenomenon will have to deal with Willie Mullins wonder mare Annie Power, who will look to maintain her unblemished record on her first start at three miles.
Finally, day four will provide a plethora of thrills and spills and the feature event will see Bobs Worth looking to win back-to-back Cheltenham Gold Cup titles for Nicky Henderson, but Nicholls's Silviniaco Conti and some notable Irish contenders will aim to land the blue riband event.
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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