Champion Day at The Festival™

The opening of Cheltenham Festival,
Tuesday 12th March 2019

Presenting the opening of The Festival™, Champion Day unites racegoers from around the world at Cheltenham Racecourse with the famous Cheltenham roar, as they rejoice for the favourite Jump racing event of the season. Champion Day is not to be missed for those wanting the thrill of racing with the most important hurdle race of the season, along with top entertainment throughout the day.

Day One of The Festival™ 2018 races saw Nicky Henderson’s Buveur D’Air take the honours for the Unibet Champion Hurdle, becoming the first horse since Hardy Eustace in 2004 and 2005 to retain the title. It also featured the ever-competitive OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race, won by Benie Des Dieux, and Summerville Boy took the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Champion Day at the Cheltenham Festival 2019 takes place on Tuesday 12th March.

Tickets are now on sale

Purchase your tickets early to take advantage of best rates and make the most out of your day with experiences that only The Festival™ can deliver. Don’t miss:

Champion Day Races detailed on our Race Schedule

Live music performances from our Bands

Shopping Village with over 70 stands

Food and Drink available from all Enclosures

Champion Day 2019 begins:

Gates Open: 10.30

First Race: 13.30

Last Race: 17.30




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            Race Schedule

            Time Race Distance Type
            13.30 The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race 2m abt ½f Hurdle
            14.10 The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase abt 2m Chase
            14.50 The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase 3m abt 1f Chase
            15.30 The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 2m abt ½f Hurdle
            16.10 The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race 2m abt 4f Hurdle
            16.50 The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) Abt 4m Chase
            17.30 The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase 2m abt 4½f Chase
            Information correct as of The Festival 2018