Day one of the Cheltenham festival takes place on the Tuesday and marks the very start of the 4-day long racing spectacle. It is usually referred to as Champions Day due to the main feature race that takes place later in the day.
- The first race of the day starts is the Supreme Novices Hurdle which takes place at 13:30 (1:30) and always goes off from a loud roar from the crowd known as the ‘Cheltenham Roar’. The race is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race which is open to horses aged 4 years and over. It’s run on the old course over a track of 2 miles and half a furlong.
- Race 2 of the first day sees the Arkle Challenge Trophy taking place at 14:10 (2:10) and is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase which is only open to horses 5 years or older. The race takes place over a distance of 2 miles and features 13 fences to be jumped.
- The Festival Trophy Handicap Chase is the first Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase of the festival and is only open to horses aged 5 and older. It is run on the old course at Cheltenham over a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong with 20 fences to be jumped on the track.
- Day 1’s main bumper race is the Champion Hurdle that takes place in the middle of the day at 15:30 (3:30). It is only open to horses aged 4 years or older and is sponsored by Unibet. Run over a distance of 2 miles and half a furlong and features just 8 hurdles to be jumped.
- As the day continues, we see the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle. This Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle races is only open to mares aged 4 or older. Run-on the old course, it takes place over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs. During the race, there are 10 hurdles to be jumped.
- This National Hunt steeplechase is only open to five years or older. It takes place on the old course at the festival and takes place over 2 miles and 4 and a half furlongs. This handicap race is only open to novices chasers with a handicap of between 0 - 145.
- The last race on day one is the National Hunt Chase and sees the first day come to a close at 17:30 (5:30). This is the first grade 2 race of the day and is open to amateur riders and horses aged 5 years and older. With a distance of 3 miles and 7 and a half furlongs as well as 25 fences to be jumped, it is also the longest race of the first day at the Cheltenham Festival.
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