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The Festival™

Day One of The Cheltenham Festival is historically known as Champion Day. It's home to seven world-class races, including the Unibet Champion Hurdle on Tuesday of The Cheltenham Festival. 

 

Day One begins with the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle. It's the opening race of the four-day Jump racing festival. The Grade 1 hurdle race has eight hurdles jumped and run over a distance of 2m abt ½f. It's open to horses aged four years and older.

 

The Supreme Novice's Hurdle is the beginning point for some fantastic horses including Bula, Arkle, and Altior.

 

Previous winners:

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

2011

Al Ferof

6

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls

2012

Cinders And Ashes

5

Jason Maguire

Donald McCain

2013

Champagne Fever

6

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2014

Vautour

5

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2015

Douvan

5

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2016

Altior

6

Nico de Boinville

Nicky Henderson

2017

Labaik

6

Jack Kennedy

Gordon Elliott

2018

Summerville Boy

6

Noel Fehily

Tom George

2019

Klassical Dream

5

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2020

Shishkin

6

Nico de Boinville

Nicky Henderson

The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy is a Grade 1 chase, run on the Old Course over a distance of abt 2m. There are 13 fences jumped, and the race is open to horses aged five years and older. 

 

This race is for the speedier novice chasers and has been won by some of the greatest Jump horses including Moscow Flyer, Altior, and Sprinter Sacre. These all went onto win the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase the following year. 

 

Previous winners: 

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

2011

Captain Chris

7

Richard Johnson

Philip Hobbs

2012

Sprinter Sacre

6

Barry Geraghty

Nicky Henderson

2013

Simonsig

7

Barry Geraghty

Nicky Henderson

2014

Western Warhorse

6

Tom Scudamore

David Pipe

2015

Un de Sceaux

7

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2016

Douvan

6

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2017

Altior

7

Nico de Boinville

Nicky Henderson

2018

Footpad

6

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2019

Duc des Genievres

6

Paul Townend

Willie Mullins

2020

Put The Kettle On

6

Aidan Coleman

Henry De Bromhead

 

The Ultima Handicap Chase is the first of five handicap chases run at The Festival. It's a Grade 3 steeplechase run over a distance of 3m abt 1f. The race is open to horses aged five years and older, with 20 fences jumped. Winners of the race often go onto take part in the Grand National. There have been several horses who have won the Handicap Chase and gone onto win The Grand National, including Royal Tan, Team Spirit, West Tip, Seagram and Rough Quest.

 

Previous winners: 

Year

Winner

Age

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

2011

Bensalem

8

11-02

Robert Thornton

Alan King

2012

Alfie Sherrin

9

10-00

Richie McLernon

Jonjo O'Neill

2013

Golden Chieftain

8

10-05

Brendan Powell

Colin Tizzard

2014

Holywell

7

11-06

Richie McLernon

Jonjo O'Neill

2015

The Druids Nephew

8

11-03

Barry Geraghty

Neil Mulholland

2016

Un Temps Pour Tout

7

11-07

Tom Scudamore

David Pipe

2017

Un Temps Pour Tout

8

11–12

Tom Scudamore

David Pipe

2018

Coo Star Sivola

6

10-10

Lizzie Kelly

Nick Williams

2019

Beware The Bear

9

11-08

Jeremiah McGrath

Nicky Henderson

2020

The Conditional

8

10-06

Brendan Powell Jnr

David Bridgwater

The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 hurdle race open to mares aged four years and older run on the Old Course. It's run over a distance of 2m abt 4f with 10 hurdles jumped. The race was established in 2008, and was originally a Grade 2, but in 2015 was upgraded to a Grade 1. 

 

Previous winners: 

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

2008

Whiteoak

5

Jason Maguire

Donald McCain, Jr.

2009

Quevega

5

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2010

Quevega

6

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2011

Quevega

7

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2012

Quevega

8

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2013

Quevega

9

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2014

Quevega

10

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2015

Glens Melody

7

Paul Townend

Willie Mullins

2016

Vroum Vroum Mag

7

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2017

Apple's Jade

5

Bryan Cooper

Gordon Elliott

2018

Benie Des Dieux

7

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2019

Roksana

7

Harry Skelton

Dan Skelton

2020

Honeysuckle

6

Rachael Blackmore

Henry De Bromhead

The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race is a Grade 3 handicap hurdle, restricted to four-year-old juvenile hurdlers. It's run over a distance of 2m abt 4½f with eight hurdles to be jumped. 

 

The race provides trainers with an alternative to the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle (the other Cheltenham Festival race restricted to four-year-old hurdlers). 

 

The race is named in memory of jockey and trainer Fred Winter (1926–2004). John Winter's record at the Cheltenham Festival included 17 wins as a jockey and 28 as a trainer.

 

Previous winners: 

Year

Winner

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

2011

What A Charm

10-06

Paul Townend

Arthur Moore

2012

Une Artiste

10–13

Jeremiah McGrath

Nicky Henderson

2013

Flaxen Flare

10-07

Davy Condon

Gordon Elliott

2014

Hawk High

11-01

Brian Hughes

Tim Easterby

2015

Qualando

11-00

Nick Scholfield

Paul Nicholls

2016

Diego du Charmil

11-01

Sam Twiston-Davies

Paul Nicholls

2017

Flying Tiger

11-05

Richard Johnson

Nick Williams

2018

Veneer of Charm

11-00

Jack Kennedy

Gordon Elliott

2019

Band of Outlaws

11-08

JJ Slevin

Joseph Patrick O'Brien

2020

Aramax

11-08

"Mark Walsh

Gordon Elliott

The National Hunt Challenge Cup is a Grade 2 chase, with winners dating back to 1860 (it only permanently been run at Cheltenham since 1911). It's a race for amateur riders and horses aged five years and older. It's run over 3m abt 6f with 23 fences jumped. 

 

Previous winners:

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

2011

Chicago Grey

8

Derek O'Connor

Gordon Elliott

2012

Teaforthree

8

JT McNamara

Rebecca Curtis

2013

Back in Focus

8

Patrick Mullins

Willie Mullins

2014

Midnight Prayer

9

Joshua Newman

Alan King

2015

Cause of Causes

7

Jamie Codd

Gordon Elliott

2016

Minella Rocco

6

Derek O'Connor

Jonjo O'Neill

2017

Tiger Roll

7

Lisa O'Neill

Gordon Elliott

2018

Rathvinden

10

Patrick Mullins

Willie Mullins

2019

Le Breuil

7

Jamie Codd

Ben Pauling

2020

Ravenhill

10

Jamie Codd

Gordon Elliott

 

View the other days' races

Wednesday's Races

Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival with seven races, including the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase. 

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Thursday's Races

Day Three is home to seven races, including the Ryanair Chase, Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle & Mares' Novices' Hurdle. 

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Friday's Races

Gold Cup Day is home to seven races, including the WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup & the Triumph Hurdle. 

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