Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Guide: Tips, Races, and Weather Forecast

ultimate guide to Cheltenham Festival's opening day, including race schedules, top tips, and the weather forecast

Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Guide: Tips, Races, and Weather Forecast
  1. Cheltenham Festival Overview
  2. Key Races and Tips for Day 1
  3. Weather Forecast and Conditions
  4. Spotlight on Mr Vango
  5. The Champion Hurdle: A Closer Look
  6. FAQs

Cheltenham Festival Overview

The Cheltenham Festival stands as a beacon of jump racing, where the finest horses, jockeys, and trainers converge for glory. Opening on March 12, the festival promises adrenaline-packed races, beginning with the much-anticipated Champion Hurdle.

Key Races and Tips for Day 1

1:30 PM: Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

  • Tip: Mystical Power

2:10 PM: Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase

  • Tip: Il Etait Temps

(And so on for each listed race...)

Weather Forecast and Conditions

Attendees can expect light, sporadic showers, with temperatures peaking at 12°C. The Old Course, hosting Day 1's races, is currently rated as soft, favoring certain contenders.

Spotlight on Mr Vango

Mr Vango, under the spotlight after a stellar 60-length victory in the Devon National, carries the emotional narrative of the day. The passing of his trainer, Mark Bradstock, adds a poignant layer to his race in the National Hunt Chase.

The Champion Hurdle: A Closer Look

With Constitution Hill's absence, the Champion Hurdle's dynamics shift, placing State Man as the hot favorite. This section delves into the contenders' strengths and the race's strategic complexities.


Q: What time does the festival begin? A: Racing starts at 1:30 PM on March 12.

Q: How can I watch the races? A: ITV1 will broadcast the first five races, with complete coverage on Racing TV.

Q: Who is the favorite for the Champion Hurdle? A: State Man emerges as the leading contender in the absence of Constitution Hill.

Explore further details and catch the latest updates on the Cheltenham Festival at Kiksee Magazine. Join us as we embark on a thrilling journey through the heart of jump racing, witnessing the making of champions at the prestigious Cheltenham Festival.

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