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Cheltenham Festival of Racing 2005

The Cheltenham Festival of Racing, otherwise known as 'The Festival', is held every March at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.

This year's big event was held over FOUR THRILLING DAYS (not the traditional three) - from Tuesday March 15 to Friday March 18. Channel 4 (UK) is showed almost every race live. 

Cheltenham Festival 2005 - Day 1 (Tuesday March 15)

  • Letheby & Christopher Supreme Novices' Hurdle (2.00pm)
  • Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeplechase (2.35pm)
  • Smurfit Champion Hurdle (3.15pm)
    Winner: HARDY EUSTACE (C O'DWYER) 7/2fav
  • William Hill Trophy Handicap Steeplechase (4.00pm)
  • Sporting Index Cross Country Steeplechase (4.40pm)**
  • Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (5.20pm)**

Cheltenham Festival 2005 - Day 2 (Wednesday March 16)

  • Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle (2.00pm)
  • Royal & SunAlliance Steeplechase (2.35pm)
  • Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.15pm)
    Winner: MOSCOW FLYER (B J GERAGHTY) 6/4Fav
  • Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (4.00pm)
    Winner: IDOLE FIRST (A O'KEEFFE) 33/1
  • Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeplechase (4.40pm)
  • Weatherbys Champion Bumper (5.20pm)

Cheltenham Festival 2005 - Day 3 (Thursday March 17)

  • Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase (2.00pm)**
  • Daily Telegraph Festival Trophy Steeplechase (2.35pm)
  • Ladbrokes World Hurdle (3.15pm)
  • Mildmay of Flete Handicap Steeplechase (4.00pm)
  • National Hunt Steeplechase Challenge Cup (4.40pm)
  • Pertemps Final [Handicap Hurdle] (5.20pm)

Cheltenham Festival 2005 - Day 4 (Friday March 18)

  • JCB Triumph Hurdle (2.00pm)
  • Brit Insurance Novices' Hurdle (2.35pm)**
  • Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (3.15pm)
    Winner: KICKING KING (B J GERAGHTY) 4/1Fav
  • Christie's Foxhunter Steeplechase (4.00pm)
  • Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeplechase (4.40pm)
  • Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle (5.20pm)

Showcase or Feature Races are in BOLD. Winning horses and jockeys for the feature races are in CAPS. All times stated are Local (UK GMT).

**: New Races at the four-day Festival

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For Cheltenham Festival 2005 news and information, check out these sites:
Cheltenham Racecourse
www.cheltenham.co.uk
Official Site of Cheltenham Racecourse. Offering up-to-date Festival information for punters and visitors to the Gloucestershire course.
Sporting Life Cheltenham 2005
www.cheltenham2005.com
The Sporting Life's Official Site for the 2005 Cheltenham Festival.
Racing Post
www.racingpost.co.uk
Invaluable site for horse racing enthusiasts. News and results updated regularly.
TurfTrax Going Reports
www.turftrax.co.uk
Latest going report for Cheltenham Racecourse. Brought to you by TurfTrax Racing Data.
BBC Sport Racing Guide
www.bbc.co.uk
BBC Sport's guide to National Hunt Racing. Types of races explained.
Channel 4 Racing
www.channel4.com
Channel 4's coverage of upcoming races in the UK, Ireland and abroad. 
Cheltenham Festival Betting
www.cheltenham-festival-betting.com 
Background and betting information especially for the Cheltenham Festival.
Horse Racing at SportingBet.com
Cheltenham Festival 2004

The 2004 Cheltenham Festival of Racing took place from Tuesday March 16 to Thursday March 18.

Some of the 2004 Showcase/Feature Race Winners were:

  • Smurfit Champion Hurdle: HARDY EUSTACE (C O'DWYER)
  • Queen Mother Champion Chase: AZERTYUIOP (R WALSH)
  • Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle: MONKERHOSTIN (R JOHNSON)
  • JCB Triumph Hurdle: MADE IN JAPAN (R JOHNSON)
  • Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup: BEST MATE (J CULLOTY)
The next exciting event in the 2005 National Hunt calendar is the Martell Cognac Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday April 9, 2005. It's one of the biggest sports betting events of the year!! Get your cash together and have a flutter!! Watch the race LIVE on BBC1 at 15:45 (UK BST).



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