CHAMPION Day is chock-full of quality and gets the four-day Festival off to a flyer.
The crowd will send off the runners for the first race with the famous ‘Cheltenham roar’ as months of waiting comes to an end.
The Champion Hurdle is the main event on day one[/caption]
There are four Grade 1 contests and a couple of cracking handicaps to get stuck into on Champion Day.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of the Festival opener.
Champion Day race card
Champion Day plays host to some of the Festival highlights, including the Champion Hurdle and Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Here’s the races you’ll be able to enjoy on day one of this year’s Festival.
- 13.30 The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
- 14.10 The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
- 14.50 The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
- 15.30 The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
- 16.10 The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle
- 16.50 The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
- 17.30 The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase)
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The brilliant new app, which is free to download ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, features:
- Best Odds – our odds comparison tool keeps the bookies honest
- Predictor – rank the field by 18 different categories, such as weight, draw, career prize money and jockey wins
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Which channel can I watch it on?
YOU will be able to watch the first five races live on ITV Racing.
Coverage will run throughout each of the four days, starting in the morning and finishing after the fifth race each day at 4.10pm.
What is the Cheltenham 2019 schedule?
EACH day gets underway at 1.30pm.
There are seven races throughout the afternoon, each starting 40 minutes after the next. Click here for the full race-by-race guide for this year’s Festival.