7 races are scheduled on the opening day of the 4 day Cheltenham Festival. 4 of these are Grade 1 races. In 2019, Day 1 of 4 falls on Tuesday 12th March 2019. Here are some Cheltenham Tuesday Facts, including a schedule for day 1.
- 13:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle (Grade 1, Hurdles) – Horses must be at least 4 years old. Takes place on the Old Course, with a race distance of 2 miles 1/2 furlong. 8 hurdles have to be jumped to finish. You will hear the traditional Cheltenham Roar, from the assembled crowd, at the start of this race as it is the first event of the festival. Jockey Ruby Walsh has won this race 5 times on 5 different horses, since 2006.
- 14:10 Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices Chase (Grade 1, Fences) – Horses must be at least 5 years old. Run on the Old Course, the race is 2 miles. 13 fences must be jumped to complete the race. The famous Ruby Walsh-Willie Mullins jockey-trainer combination had 2 consecutive wins in 2015 and 2016 with Un de Sceaux and Douvan.
- 14:50 Festival Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 3, Fences)
- 15:30 CHAMPION HURDLE CHALLENGE TROPHY (GRADE 1, HURDLES) – Feature race – see full details
- 16:10 David Nicholson Mares Hurdle (Grade 1, Hurdles) – Mares must be at least 4 years old. Takes place on the Old Course, over a distance of 2 miles 4 furlongs. 9 hurdles have to be jumped to complete the race. Quevega won this race 6 times in a row between 2009 and 2014. Ruby Walsh was the jockey on all of those occasions – he also won this race for a 7th time in 2016 on a different horse (Vroum Vroum Mag). Willie Mullins was the trainer for each of Ruby Walsh’s 7 wins, and he also had another win with Glens Melody in 2015. Quevega (6 wins), Walsh (7 wins), and Mullins (8 wins) hold the records for most successful horse, jockey, and trainer in this race.
- 16:50 National Hunt Challenge Cup (Grade 2, Fences)
- 17:30 Centenary Novices Handicap Chase (Listed, Fences)
Hopefully you have learned a thing or two with our Cheltenham Tuesday Facts, so why not place a bet on any of these races, with Sun Bets?