This is among grade 1 races run on the third day as the Cheltenham Festival rolls towards its headline event- the Gold Cup. Its slot means it takes place in the left handed new course.
Horses of not less than four years fight it out for a podium finish by rounding a three-mile path (4828 m) laden with 12 jump hurdles. A generous purse of around £275,000 makes this race attract some
of the best horses in the category.
The long and rich history since it was introduced in 1912 is also a huge contributor to its popularity.
This race has been most consistent since 1972 following several disruptions before then. In that period, Paul Nicholls established a four-year dominance from 2009 to 2012 to become the
leading trainer. The record had a consistency of its own, as all occasions were won by horse Big Bucks with rider Ruby Walsh on his back.
Nicholls will be sending out seven-year old Old Guard on another hunt in the 2018 event.