CHAMPION DAY

The famous Cheltenham roar awaits on Day one of The Festival. As the tapes rise for the opening race, Horsemen and racegoers alike rejoice as the 12-month wait is over and racing’s favourite fixture is back.

The first day of The Festival features the most important hurdle race of the season, the UniBet Champion Hurdle. In 2017, Nicky Henderson’s Buveur D’Air took the honours and began Noel Fehily’s most successful festival to date. Champion’s Day also features the ever-competitive OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race and The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Day One of The Festival is full of nerves and anticipation as the greatest week in racing begins, and the famous roar can finally be released.  

Champion Day 2018 begins:

Gates Open: 10.30

First Race: 13.30

Last Race: 17.30

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Race Schedule

Please note times and sponsors are correct for The Festival™ 2017

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 J T McNamara 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 subject to change.
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