Saturday 26 January 2019
the stage is set for the festival, start dreaming
Finalise your choices for the big one at Festival Trials Day on Saturday 26 January, before all roads lead to Cheltenham Racecourse for The Festival™ presented by Magners in March.
Broadcast live on ITV Racing, it's the last Cheltenham raceday before The Festival and there is always an excitable atmosphere. Huge crowds gather to catch a glimpse of Festival contenders as they show the world what they're really made of.
The racing highlight of Festival Trials Day is the BetBright Trial Cotswold Steeple Chase, often considered a trial for the Magners Gold Cup in March. Last year Definitly Red relished the wet ground conditions and flew home in front for connections.
Highlights from Festival Trials Day 2019
The clue is in the name for our final raceday before The Festival. Three winners from this day all went on to score on Day Three of The Festival.
Popular Paisley Park cemented his place on the road the Sun Racing Stayers’ hurdle with a convincing victory in the galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2), with Frodon backing up his December success here and winning the BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase (Grade 2). Siruh Du Lac and Lizzie Kelly were too good for the field in the Spectra Cyber Security Solutions Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 3) winning for her Step Father, trainer Nick Williams.