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Cheltenham Racecourse

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. Buy your tickets today at the best price. 


  • Gates Open: 10:30am
  • First Race: 12:40pm
  • Last Race: 4:10pm
  • Scott Mills in The Centaur: 4:30pm - 6:00pm


Featuring Scott Mills

Join Scott Mills who will be taking to the decks in The Centaur where Club/Tatts ticket holders will be able to party into the evening on the last day of racing before The Festival™ presented by Magners in March.


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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.

Come along for a fantastic day of racing, with bars and restaurants open to suit all palettes throughout the day. Buy your tickets in advance for the best price, remember under 18s attend for FREE and there is also free official car parking at the Racecourse.  


Highlights from Festival Trials Day 2018

The 2018 line-up competed for a record £354,000 prize pot across five graded races. It was the £100,000 BetBright Trial Cotswolds Chase, over the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup course and distance, that was the feature race of the day.


Soft ground brings out the best in the Brian Ellison-trained chestnut, Definitly Red and he followed up an impressive Aintree victory in December 2017 with an eight-length win here at Cheltenham under Danny Cook. In second was American finishing ahead of the 7-4 favourite Bristol De Mai. Definitly Red went onto finish a respectable sixth place in the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2018.  


Bryony Frost's outstanding season continued with a victory aboard the Paul Nicholls-trained Frodon in the Grade Three Crest Nicholson Handicap Chase and cruised home, beating Cheltenham perennial Shantou Flyer by 17 lengths. 


Nicky Henderson scored a Grade Two double over hurdles, taking the opening race of the day, the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle with odds-on favourite Apple's Shakira and the Ballymore Classic Novices' Hurdle with Santini. 


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Purchase your Club/Tatts or Best Mate enclosure tickets in advance for the best price and save up to £5. 


We also have our Raceday Essential Packages available in advance from only £29 which includes your enclosure ticket, £9 of food and refreshment vouchers, £10 of betting vouchers and your official racecard. 

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From £10


Join us on Festival Trials Day 2019 by booking hospitality at Cheltenham Racecourse including Gold Cup and Paddock View restaurants. All available to book online today.


The Panoramic Restaurant is available in tables of four to 12. 

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From £115

Event Schedule





*for Club/Tatts ticket holders only 



Start Times





The JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (A Juvenile Hurdle Race) (Grade 2)

2m abt 1f



The Timeform Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2)

2m abt 5f 

Steeple Chase


The Spectra Cyber Security Solutions Trophy Steeple Chase (Grade 3)

2m abt 5f 

Steeple Chase


The BetBright Trial Cotswold Steeple Chase (Class 1) (Grade 2)

3m abt 1½f

Steeple Chase


The Ballymore Classic Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2)

2m abt 4½f 



The Cleeve Hurdle Race (Grade 2)

Abt 3m



The Steel Plate & Sections Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)

2m abt 1f 


The Going


Good, Good to Soft in places.

Raceday Style

As we race largely during the winter months, the weather can be unpredictable, so we would advise you to dress accordingly.


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