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The Cheltenham Festival is held annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire .The 2013 Cheltenham Festival will take place from Tuesday 12th March to Friday 15th March .

The Festival is the most prestigious and most valuable National Hunt meeting of the season and has total prize money in excess of £3.5M.

The Festival was extended from three to four days in 2005 and now features 27 races in total with the Cheltenham Gold Cup which is held on the final day the most valuable race .

Over recent years around 225 000 spectators attend the four days of the Festival with the largest crowd of around 60 000 for the final day .

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest betting events in the sporting calendar and bookmakers estimate that around £600M is staked over the four days .

The Festival meeting is extremely popular with many thousands of enthusiasts travelling every year from Ireland to support their horses , jockeys and trainers . The meeting often coincides with St. Patricks day which is a national holiday in Ireland .

The Cheltenham Festival is renowned for it's great atmosphere and the great sporting moments which regularly occur .

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