7 races (4 of which are Grade 1 contests) take place on Cheltenham Wednesday (the 2nd day of the Cheltenham Festival) under the current schedule. In 2019, the 2nd day falls on Wednesday 13th March 2019. All of the races below will be run on the Old Course, with the exception of the Cross Country Chase which will be run on the Cross Country Course. Here are some Cheltenham Wednesday Facts, including a full schedule.
- 13:30 Baring Bingham Novices Hurdle (Grade 1, 10 Hurdles, 2 miles 5 furlongs) – This race features novice hurdlers, aged at least four years. Jockey Ruby Walsh has had 4 wins since 2008 in this race (Fiveforthree, Mikael d’Haguenet, Faugheen, and Yorkhill), making him the race’s leading jockey. Willie Mullins was the trainer on all these 4 occasions, making him the race’s leading trainer.
- 14:10 RSA Chase (Grade 1, 19 Fences, 3 miles 1/2 furlong) – You will see novice chasers in this race, aged at least 5 years old. It is not unusual for winners of this race to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup the following year – e.g. Denman, Bobs Worth, and Lord Windermere.
- 14:50 Coral Cup (Grade 3, Hurdles)
- 15:30 QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (GRADE 1, 12 FENCES, 2 MILES) – Feature race – see full details.
- 16:10 Cross Country Chase (Ungraded, Cross Country)
- 16:50 Fred Winter Juvenile Novices Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3, Hurdles)
- 17:30 Champion Bumper (Grade 1, National Hunt Flat Race, 2 miles 1/2 furlong) – For horses aged 4-6 years old. The highest regarded bumper (i.e. flat race) in the National Hunt year. Trainer Willie Mullins has had a record 8 wins in this race, whilst jockey Ruby Walsh has had a record 3 wins in this race. The inexperienced horses who do well in this race, unsurprisingly often go on to great success in their future jumping career.
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