Cheltenham Festival 2019 Day One Tips

Day one of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival kicks off on Tuesday 12th March. From the famous Cheltenham roar of the opening Supreme Novices’ Hurdle to Champion Hurdle, to the battle of the best in the Champion Hurdle, there’s plenty of great action to start the week. Get tips for all seven races here.

Cheltenham Festival 2019 Day One Schedule & Tips

Time Race
13:30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
14:10 Arkle Chase
14:50 Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
15:30 Champion Hurdle
16:10 Mares Hurdle
16:50 National Hunt Chase
17:30 Close Brothers Novice Handicap Chase

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

The festival opener sees the most exciting novice hurdlers come together in what is always an exciting race. This race often throws up future superstars, with recent winners including Vautour, Douvan and Altior.

Arkle Chase

The Arkle is the first chance we get to experience chasers flying over the fences, as some of the most exciting novices lock horns. This race has an incredible roll of honour, including greats such as Moscow Flyer, Sprinter Sacre, Douvan and Altior.

Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase

The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase is the first of many incredibly competitive handicaps throughout the four days of the festival. The last two renewals have been won by Un Temps Pour Tout.

Champion Hurdle

The Champion Hurdle is the feature race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival. The best 2-mile hurdlers go head-to-head to win one of the most coveted prices in racing. Previous winners include Istabraq, Hardy Eustace, Hurricane Fly, Faugheen and Annie Power. Reigning champion Buveur D’Air will be looking to make it back-to-back victories.

Mares Hurdle

The Mares Hurdle sees the best mares in racing take the stage for a chance at festival glory. This race has been dominated by Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh, with the incredible Quevega winning six times in-a-row from 2009 to 2014. Last year’s winner Apple’s Jade will be looking to defend her crown this year.

National Hunt Chase

The National Hunt Chase is the first race of the week just for amateur riders, who face a marathon four-mile chase for their mounts. The race often favours novices who are unexposed and relish the stamina challenge.

Close Brothers Novice Handicap Chase

The concluding race of day one at Cheltenham is the Close Brothers Novice Handicap Chase. Another fiercely competitive handicap, this is a chance for punters to end the day with a big priced winner.