An outstanding two days of racing action
The Stan James International Hurdle, a hugely valuable race in its own right, is one of the leading trials for the Stan James Champion Hurdle at The Festival. It was won by Zarkandar last year, trained by Paul Nicholls who enjoyed a four-timer on the day. Zarkandar went on to win twice more last season, but could only manage fourth behind Hurricane Fly in the Stan James Champion Hurdle. Other notable races of the day on Saturday include the Osborne House Relkeel Hurdle and the big Handicap Chase of the day, won last year by Unioniste.
Friday’s racing is equally enthralling, featuring the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, completing Europe’s Crystal Cup Challenge. Last year, At Fishers Cross, winner of the Albert Barlett Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival, made his Cheltenham debut when winning a Handicap Hurdle. He remains unbeaten on all three starts at Cheltenham.
After racing on Friday, enjoy an evening at the Brightwells Bloodstock sale. For more information see the Brightwells website.
Gates open at 10.00am on both days with the first race at 12.30pm on Friday and 12.10pm on Saturday. The last race is at 3.45pm on Friday and 3.35pm on Saturday*.
*Provisional race times (updated 28th November)
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Following the fantastic news announced on Tuesday 29th October that Stan James have agreed to sponsor the Stan James Champion Hurdle in March for a further five years, Cheltenham Racecourse have partnered with the bookmakers to offer 250 vouchers codes which will entitle you to £10 off your ticket purchase for the opening day of The Festival in March.
Champion Day, which takes place on Tuesday 11th March, features the Stan James Champion Hurdle as the feature race on the card, the Championship race of the season for two miler hurdlers.
All you have to do is purchase your ticket in advance for the third day of The Open, Sunday 17th November or either days of The International on Friday 13th or Saturday 14th December and after the raceday you will then be sent a code to book your ticket to Champion Day at The Festival.
You will have to be quick though, as once the 250 codes have gone the offer will be closed!