the festival roar is moments away
The opening day of The Festival™ presented by Magners. Day One: Champion Day unites racegoers from around the world at Cheltenham Racecourse with pent up anticipation let go in one might strong roar. Champion Day is not to be missed for those wanting the thrill of racing with the most important hurdle race of the season, the Unibet Champion Hurdle.
Day One of 2018 The Festival saw Nicky Henderson’s Buveur D’Air take the honours for the Unibet Champion Hurdle, becoming the first horse since Hardy Eustace in 2004 and 2005 to retain the title. It featured the ever-competitive OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race, won by Benie Des Dieux, and Summerville Boy took the honours in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
To be here any day is extraordinary and Day One: Champion Day at the Cheltenham Festival 2019 takes place on Tuesday 12 March
Purchase your tickets before 10:59am on 28 January to take advantage of the best rates and make the most out of your day.
- Race Schedule detailed below
- Live Entertainment - music performances from our bands
- Shopping Village with over 70 stands
- Food and Drink available from all enclosures
Any bags being brought into the racecourse must be no larger than A4 paper (30cm x 20cm x 30cm). Visit our FAQ page here for more information.
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Purchase your Club, Tattersalls or Best Mate enclosure tickets at the best price before 28 January at 10:59am.
Our Raceday Essentials Package is available in advance from only £55 which includes your enclosure ticket, £9 of food and refreshment vouchers, £10 of betting vouchers and your official racecard.
Find out about Hospitality available at The Festival™ presented by Magners.
There are a number of different hospitality options available, from The Moscow Flyer Restaurant which provides lunch and a base for the day to Chez Roux at Cheltenham, hosted by the world-famous chef, Albert Roux.