FINALLY, it's time for the big one.

We've had thrills, spills, the biggest winner in 30 years and short-price favourites blowing us away.

Now it's time for the Gold Cup.


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Here's all you need to know for the big day – with all racecards available here.

When is it?

Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup day is on Friday, March 19.

The action will all be shown live on ITV1 from 1pm to 4.30pm and they will be showing six of the seven races per day for the first time ever.

You can watch the final race on Racing TV or on a betting website if you have an account.

All odds below subject to change and correct at time of writing.

1.20 Triumph Hurdle

Who's the favourite?

Zanahiyr 5-4.

Who's the top outsider?

Quilixios 4-1

Key fact: Half the field are putting unbeaten records on the line in this belting contest.

1.55 County Hurdle

Who's the favourite?

Ganapathi 11-2

Who's the top outsider?

Fifty Ball 12-1

Key fact: Willie Mullins has won this race four times, but England's Dan Skelton has a brilliant record with three.

He saddles second favourite Third Time Lucki.

2.30 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle

Who's the favourite?

Stattler 7-2

Who's the top outsider?

The Cob 16-1

Key fact: This race is run over 2m 7f and is worth £93,750.

3.05 Gold Cup

Who's the favourite?

Al Boum Photo 9-4

Who's the top outsider?

Royale Pagaille 8-1


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Key Fact: Charlie Deutsch turned his life around after a prison spell for a drunken 100mph car chase.

He gets the ride on Royale Pagaille, who was withdrawn from the National Hunt Chase and aimed at the big one.

If he wins for trainer Venetia Williams, he will be the first novice chaser to win the Gold Cup since Captain Christy in 1974.

3.40 Foxhunter Chase

Who's the favourite?

Billaway 11-4

Who's the top outsider?

Mighty Stowaway 12-1

Key fact: The biggest winning distance in this race is 20 lengths, by Salsify in 2013.

4.05 Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Chase

Who's the favourite?

Elimay 5-4

Who's the top outsider?

Shattered Love 4-1

Key fact: This race is being run for the first time at this festival.

4.50 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle

Who's the favourite?

Gentleman De Mee 9-2

Who's the top outsider?

Commandingpresence 20-1

Key fact: Six year olds do the best in this race, having won the race five times in the past.


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