THE big one is finally here – after 51 weeks of waiting Cheltenham Festival is back!
And what a four days of action it promises to be, with the likes of Constitution Hill, Galopin Des Champs and Facile Vega all in action.
Not to mention the 250,000 punters who will pour into Prestbury Park to watch the best equine talent on the planet strut their stuff.
Here, Sun Racing will bring you all you need to know as it happens – and check out our top free bets while you're here too.
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Follow ALL of the latest from Prestbury Park below…
- James Orr
It looks like the first day could be run on soft!
That could help the likes of Love Envoi in the fiercely competitive Mares' Hurdle.
Clerk of the Course Jon Pullin said: "The going has been updated to soft [from soft, good to soft in places] on the Old course and soft, good to soft in places [good to soft in places, soft in places] on the New course and cross-country course.
"We have a blustery day today – we're forecast gusts of 40-45 mph but as yet have not seen that – with another 2-3mm of rain and a light shower in the early hours of tomorrow but nothing too significant and then tomorrow it should be mainly dry through the day.
"If we get the rain that's forecast today we'll be soft ground going into day one."
- Sam Morgan
And they're off!
The greatest show on turf is just around the corner – and what an absolute barnstormer it promises to be!
The decs for Tuesday have already come out and now we know Wednesday's runners as well.
Here, Sun Racing will be your No1 destination for all things Festival throughout the week.
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