Cheltenham Races

Cheltenham Day One - Tuesday 10th March 2020

Ruby Walsh regularly proved to be a jockey to follow on the opening day of Cheltenham during his career.
Ruby Walsh regularly proved to be a jockey to follow on the opening day of Cheltenham during his career.

The first day of the Cheltenham Festival - known as Champion Day - traditionally takes place on a Tuesday, and is headlined by the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle. The other major races on the first day include the Grade 1 Arkle Trophy and the Grade 1 Supreme Novices' Hurdle. There are also some very good handicaps to take in, including the Festival Handicap Chase - which is always competitive.

We have all the latest betting information on the Cheltenham Festival Day 1 races, along with all the form guides and tips.

Cheltenham Festival Tuesday Racecards 

1.30pm - Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)

The curtain-raiser of the Festival, the beginning of this two-mile Grade 1 contest always draws a huge cheer from the crowd - known as the "Cheltenham roar".

2.10pm - Arkle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)

A Grade 1 novice chase over two miles, the winner of the Arkle regularly makes up into a key contender for the Queen Mother Champion Chase the following year.

2.50pm - Festival Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

A fiercely competitive handicap chase, run over three miles and a furlong.

3.30pm - Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)

The feature race on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, and the first of five 'Championship' races during the week.

4.10pm - David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle (Grade 1)

A Grade 1 contest which hasn't been without drama in the last few years, with the Willie Mullins-trained pair of Annie Power (2015) and Benie Des Dieux (2019) falling at the last with the race at their mercy.

4.50pm - Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase (listed)

An ultra-competitive novices' handicap chase which has been won by some smart types since being introduced to the line-up in 2005.

5.30pm - National Hunt Chase (Grade 2)

Run over three miles, seven and a half furlongs, the National Hunt Chase is a real test of stamina, and requires a thorough stayer to win it. 

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