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Cheltenham Festival 2012

It's one of the biggest racing events in the world and RTÉ Television will be live with all four days of this year's Cheltenham festival, the jewel in jump racing's crown. Join Tracy Piggott and Brian Gleeson for all the drama and excitement of Cheltenham 2012.

The action gets underway on Tuesday, March 13th with the Champion Hurdle the big race of the day as Willie Mullins' Hurricane Fly defends his crown following a brilliant victory last year. On Wednesday the Queen Mother Champion Chase takes centre stage as the best two-mile chasers fly over the Cheltenham fences at lightning speed with Ireland's Sizing Europe the ante-post favourite to win again. The Ladbrokes World Hurdle is the main feature of the afternoon on day three as Big Buck bid's to win for an unprecedented fourth time. Then on Friday it's the much-anticipated Cheltenham Gold Cup, the highlight of the four-day festival and all eyes will be on the resurgent Kauto Star and Synchronised in the famous JP McManus colours who will be ridden by the Champion AP McCoy.

Racing fans will also have another opportunity to see the key runners and riders in action as Tracy Piggott presents a highlights programme each evening on RTÉ Two.

Schedule

Tuesday 13th March

Live coverage at 1.25pm on RTÉ One - featured race the Champion Hurdle
Highlights of the days racing at 7.00pm on RTÉ Two

Wednesday 14th March

Live coverage at 1.25pm on RTÉ One - featured race the Queen Mother Champion Chase
Highlights of the days racing at 7.00pm on RTÉ Two

Thursday 15th March

Live coverage at 1.25pm on RTÉ One - featured race Ladbrokes World Hurdle
Highlights of the days racing at 11.35pm on RTÉ Two

Friday 16th March

Live coverage at 1.25pm on RTÉ One - featured race Cheltenham Gold Cup
Highlights of the days racing at 11.50pm on RTÉ Two

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Cheltenham Festival 2012