Day One of the Cheltenham Festival begins at 1.30pm on Tuesday, March 13th.
After 12 long months away, 76,000 screaming punters will cram into Prestbury Park for the start of the greatest horse racing festival on the planet.The Cheltenham roar will bellow down the first stretch of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
There are seven races in total on the opening day, topped off by the Champion Hurdle – the most prestigious hurdle race in the world.For the 2018 Champion Hurdle, Buveur D’Air will defend his crown against the might of Willie Mullins’ Faugheen.
Champion Hurdle Day – 2018 Race Schedule
Day One of the Cheltenham Festival kicks off on Tuesday with seven festival races, four of which are major renewals.
Are you ready for the roar? Let’s take a look at the schedule and expand on eachof the Cheltenham Festival races.
1.30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2m 1/2f)
2.50 Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase (3m 1/2f)
3.30 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (2m 1/2f)
4.10 Mares’ Hurdle (for the David Nicholson Trophy) (2m 4f)
4.50 National Hunt Chase (4m)
5.30 Novices’ Handicap Chase (2m 4 1/2 f)
Supreme Novices Hurdle
The 2018 Cheltenham Festival opens with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Run over 2m, this race is always a bit of a heart-pounder, with the best young hurdling horses all lining up for glory.
Gordon Elliot won here last year with the unfancied Labaik at a huge 25/1. But it’s Willie Mullins’ Getabird who’s the hot favourite for the 2018 renewal at 7/4.
Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeplechase
A Grade 1 chase for novices over 1m 7f, the Arkle Chase tends to produce plenty future major festival winners.
Nicky Henderson has a particularly brilliant record in this race with the English trainer winning six times, including last year’s winner, Altior.
Willie Mullins’ Footpad is the current favourite at Even-Money, with Petit Mouchoir next in the betting at 7/2.
Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase
At 3m long, this race can be a bit of a slog with the most consistent stayers generally triumphing.
The winner of this race traditionally goes on to take part in the Aintree Grand National.
Un Temps Pour Tout won back to back in 2016 and 2017, but it’s Singlefarmpayment and Gold Present who are vying for favouritism this year.
Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
£400,000 and the title of the most prestigious hurdling race of the year are at stake in the Champion Hurdle.
The cream of the hurdling crop is all included for this race, with Buveur D’Air emerging last year to win the 2017 crown.
Nicky Henderson’s charge is well-fancied to retain his crown again. But he could face a stern challenge from the likes of Faugheen, My Tent Or Yours, Yorkhill, and Min.
Mares’ Hurdle (for the David Nicholson Trophy)
The first race was run back in 2008, and this race has gone from strength to strength over the years since.
A Grade 1 contest open to fillies and mares four-years-old and above and run over 2m 4f, 2018’s renewal looks a tight affair.
Apples Jade returns to defend her crown and retains strong favouritism at 8/13. However, the likes of Lets Dance and Vroum Vroum Mag should make it a cracking race.
National Hunt Chase
This gigantic 4m Listed race is open to amateur riders and novice chasers only. It’s traditionally an ultra-competitive race with generally only the best amateurs triumphing.
Tiger Roll here won last year for Gordon Elliot, but previous years have produced stars like Minella Rocco, and Native River.
This year’s favourites include Presenting Percy, Dounikos, and Elegant Escape at 8/1.
Novices’ Handicap Chase
The final race of a breathless first day at Cheltenham is the Novices’ Handicap Chase – a 2m 4f renewal over 16 fences,
Barney Dawn, Hells Kitchen, and Rather Be all currently head the betting for this incredibly competitive handicap.
Champion Day 2017 Results
Ahead of the 2018 renewals, check out every winner on Day One of the Cheltenham Festival 2017.
There were twists, turns, upsets, and favourites striding home to glory.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2017 Result
- Labaik – 25/1.
- Melon – 3/1JF
- River Wylde – 6/1
Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeplechase 2017 Result
- Altior – 1/4F
- Cloudy Dream – 12/1
- Ordinary World – 25/1
Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase 2017 Result
- Un Temps Pour Tout – 9/1
- Singlefarmpayment – 5/1F
- Noble Endeavour – 15/2
Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 2017 Result
- Buveur D’Air – 5/1
- My Tent Or Yours – 16/1
- Petit Mouchoir – 6/1
Mares’ Hurdle (for the David Nicholson Trophy) 2017 Result
- Apple’s Jade – 7/2
- Vroum Vroum Mag – 11/4
- Limini – 6/4
National Hunt Chase 2017 Result
- Tiger Roll – 16/1
- Missed Approach – 50/1
- Haymount – 33/1
Novices’ Handicap Chase 2017 Result
- Tully East – 8/1
- Gold Present – 14/1
- Two Taffs – 7/1
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