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We are just hours away from the 2023 Christmas Meeting getting underway at the historic Cheltenham Racecourse.

The 2023 Cheltenham International Meeting, also known as the Christmas Meeting, will be the final major race meeting of the calendar year. It will take place over two days at the iconic Cheltenham Racecourse, with the horse racing action taking place from Friday 15th to Saturday 16th December 2023.

14 thrilling races will be taking place over the course of these two days, from the British EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Friday) to the Virgin Bet Every Saturday Money Back Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Saturday). Both races will capture the attention of those watching on from the racecourse and at home, but some races stand out more than others.

Such races include the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (also known as the December Gold Cup) and the International Hurdle. It will be interesting to see who can write their name in the history books by winning these historic races or any of the other 12 races set to take place at Cheltenham on Friday and Saturday.

Here, we will preview the 2023 renewal of the Cheltenham International Meeting, starting with the races set to take place on Friday.

British EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle – 12:05

The race to open this year’s Christmas Meeting at Cheltenham is the British EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle. The most recent winner, back in 2022, was Attacca, ridden by jockey Nico de Boinville.

The field for the 2023 renewal of this race consists of 11 horses, and they are: Dusart Enos (Paddy Brennan), Beat The Bat (Jonathan Burke), Kintail (Nico de Boinville), Meatloaf (Harry Cobden), Spirits Bay (Jordan Nailor), Soldante (Eoin Walsh), Shinji (Sean Bowen), Brendas Asking (David Bass), Royal Defender (David Noonan), How And Ever (Gavin Sheehan) and Ascension Day (Danny McMenamin).

Cheltenham & South-West Racing Club Novices’ Chase – 12:40

The Cheltenham & South-West Racing Club, Novices’ Chase, is the race that is next up on the opening day. Last year (2022), Harry Skelton rode Hidden Heroics to victory ahead of Paddy Brennan’s Art Approval in second place.

The six horses taking part in 2023 are: Grey Dawning (Harry Skelton), Trelawne (David Bass), Crebilly (Jonjo O’Neill Jr.), Ginny’s Destiny (Harry Cobden), Tritonic (Tom Cannon) and Blue Hop (Jack Quinlan).

Catesby Estates Handicap Hurdle – 13:15

The third race on Friday (Day One) is the Catesby Estates Handicap Hurdle. Last year’s race was enthralling, and it saw Punctuation (ridden by Paddy Brennan) fend off competition from Harry Skelton’s Too Friendly (2nd) and Tom O’Brien’s Oakley for the victory.

The field for the 2023 race is as follows: Doddiethegreat (Nico de Boinville), Panjari (Harry Cobden), Williethebuilder (Harry Skelton), Go Dante (Sean Bowen), Donnacha (David Noonan), Ginger Mail (Danny McMenamin), Mr Mackay (James Turner), Wonderful Eagle (Michael Nolan), Skytastic (Ben Jones), In This World (Tristan Durrell), Kaleb (Jack Quinlan), Lebowski (Patrick Wadge) and The companysergeant (Donagh Meyler).

Cheltenham Racecourse Food Bank Collection Mares’ Handicap Chase – 13:50

The 2023 Cheltenham Racecourse Food Bank Collection Mares’ Handicap Chase comes next, and in the most recent running of this race in 2022, it was won by Lilly Pinchin’s Dame Du Soir, who finished ahead of Ben Poste’s Marta Des Mottes and Gavin Sheehan’s Legends Ryde in the top three.

Now, in the latest Mares’ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham, the field will be as follows: Keith Donoghue’s La Malmason, Harry Skelton’s Walk In Clover, Charlie Deutsch’s Malaita, Ben Jones’ Mad About Sally, Ben Poste’s Royale Margaux, Tom Cannon’s Game On For Glory, Patrick Wadge’s I Am Gonna Be, Joe Anderson’s Eureka Creek, Lorcan Williams’ Petticoat Lucy, Rex Dingle’s Lilith, Jonathan Burke’s Pougne Aminta, Sean Houlihan’s Happy D’ex and Sean Bowen’s Brianna Rose.

Unibet Middle Distance Chase Series Veterans’ Handicap Chase – 14:25

The third to last race on day one is the Unibet Middle Distance Chase Series Veterans’ Handicap Chase. Back in the most recent running of this race in 2022, the winner was Eva’s Oskar who jockey Alan Johns rode.

The field for the 2023 edition of this race will be: Brendan Powell’s Le Ligerien, Richard Patrick’s Storm Control, Charlie Deutsch’s Cepage, Harry Cobden’s Top Ville Ben, Tristan Durrell’s Go Steady, Danny McMenamin’s Up Helly Aa King, Gavin Sheehan’s Lord Due Mesnil, Jonathan Burke’s Sam Brown and David Noonan’s Duc De Beauchene.

Glenfarclas Crystal Cup Cross Country Handicap Chase – 15:00

The 2023 Glenfarclas Crystal Cup Cross Country Handicap Chase is the penultimate race on Friday. This race did not take place in 2022, as it was abandoned.

The field for this race will be: Gina Andrews’ Latenightpass, Keith Donoghue’s Galvin, Henry Brooke’s Gesskille, Rachael Blackmore’s Minella Indo, Charlie Deutsch’s Didero Vallis, Eoin Walsh’s Enjoy D’allen, Sean Bowen’s Francky Du Berlais, Sam Ewing’s Fury Road, Tiernan Power Roche’s Vital Island, Brendan Powell’s Diesel D’Allier, Ben Jones’ Wick Green, Robert Dunne’s Volcano and Jonathan Burke’s Fameaftertheglory.

Citipost Handicap Hurdle – 15:35

The final race on day one of the Cheltenham International Meeting is the 2023 Citipost Handicap Hurdle. In the 2022 edition of this race, Captain Morgs, ridden by jockey James Bowen, won the race ahead of Brazos (Michael O’Sullivan) and Annual Invictus (Harry Cobden).

The ten horse field for the latest renewal of this race includes: Henry Brooke’s White Rhino, Brendan Powell’s Gyenyame, Freddie Gordon’s Bold Endeavour, Nico de Boinville’s Captain Morgs, Robert Dunne’s Fontana Ellissi, Harry Cobden’s Tiger Jet, David Noonan’s Paricolor, Jack Quinlan’s Big Bresil, Niall Houlihan’s Hermino AA and David Bass’ Shantou Express.

Now that we have looked at the races from day one, we will look ahead at the seven on day two of the Cheltenham International Meeting (Saturday), starting with the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (12:05).

All of the 2022 versions of the day two races were abandoned.

JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle – 12:05

The opening race of day two, the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle, takes place at 12:05 on Saturday. The field for the 2023 race is as follows: Harry Skelton’s Kourosh, Tom Bellamy’s An Bradan Feasa, Harry Cobden’s Kabral Du Mathan, Harry Reed’s Balboa, Henry Brooke’s Eagle Prince, Jack Tudor’s Rebel Angel, Robert Dunne’s Walk The Moon and Roisin Leech’s Maglia Rosa.

John Wyke Memorial Novices’ Limited Handicap – 12:40

The second race on Saturday will be the John Wyke Memorial Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase. The field for the 2023 race is as follows: Harry Cobden’s Mofasa, Michael O’Sullivan’s Weveallbeencaught, Nico de Boinville’s Wiseguy, Jonathan Burke’s Some Scope, Jonjo O’Neill Jr’s Are U Wise To That, Gavin Sheehan’s Everything’sontick and Danny Mullins’ Midnight Our Fred.

Quintessentially Handicap Chase – 13:15

Up next will be the Quintessentially Handicap Chase. The seven strong field for the 2023 running of this race will contain the following: Harry Skelton’s Calico, Jonathan Burke’s In Excelsis Deo, Charlie Deutsch’s Funambule Sivola, Rex Dingle’s Aucunrisque, Jonjo O’Neill Jr’s Prince Escalus, Harry Cobden’s Madara and Henry Brooke’s Baron De Midleton.

Virgin Bet December Gold Cup – 13:50

Race Four on Saturday will be the 13:50 Virgin Bet December Gold Cup, the headline race of not just day two but possibly the meeting as a whole. The field for the latest chapter of this historic race is as follows: Sean Bowen’s Thunder Rock, Harry Cobden’s Monmiral, Mark Walsh’s So Scottish, Bryony Frost’s Il Ridoto, Jonjo O’Neill Jr’s Fakir D’oudairies, Gavin Sheehan’s Fugitif, Charlie Deutsch’s Frero Banbou, Tom Bellamy’s Grandeur D’Ame, Sam Twiston-Davies’ Torn and Frayed, Conor Stone-Walsh’s Railway Hurricane, Derek Fox’ Do Your Job and Harry Skelton’s Jay Jay Reilly.

Favourite From The Sun Now Daily Handicap Chase – 14:25

Next up on the second and final day of the 2023 Cheltenham International Meeting will be the 14:25 Favourite From The Sun Now Daily Handicap Chase. The nine horse field for the latest renewal of this race will consist of: Sam Twiston-Davies’ Broadway Boy, Harry Cobden’s Threeunderthrufive, Conor Stone-Walsh’s Malina Girl, Harry Skelton’s Protektorat, Nico de Boinville’s City Chief, Charlie Deutsch’s Easy As That, Bruce Lynn’s Elvis Mail, Richard Patrick’s Rapper and Sean Bowen’s Back On The Lash.

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – 15:00

The penultimate race of the 2023 Christmas Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse as a whole will be the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. The star-studded field set to take part in the latest renewal of this race will be: Nico de Boinville’s Shanagh Bob, David Bass’ Destroytheevidence, Derek Fox’s Cadell, Harry Skelton’s Illico De Cotte, Adam Wedge’s Kerryhill, Jonjo O’Neill Jr’s Yes Day, Ben Harvey’s Moon D’Orange, Jonathan Burke’s Carrigmoorna Rowan, Sean Bowen’s Genietoile & Tom Bellamy’s Monbari.

Virgin Bet Every Saturday Money Back Mares’ Handicap Hurdle – 15:35

The 2023 Virgin Bet Every Saturday Money Back Mares’ Handicap Hurdle will be the final race of the 2023 Cheltenham International Meeting (Christmas Meeting). The 10 horse field will be made up of: Paddy Brennan’s Bonttay, Nico de Boinville’s Theatre Glory, Harry Skelton’s Nurse Susan, Rex Dingle’s Coquelicot, Henry Brooke’s Windtothelightening, Sam Twiston-Davies’ Good Look Charm, Jonathan Burke’s Martha Divine, Sean Bowen’s Zestful, Kit Alexander’s Stainsby Girl and Harry Cobden’s Ilovethenightlife.

Excitement and anticipation are growing ahead of the 2023 renewal of the Cheltenham International Meeting.

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