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 10.30am with the first race at 12.30pm on Friday.*
Gates open at 10am with the first race at 12.10pm on Saturday.*
Last race times: 3.45pm Friday, 3.35pm Saturday.
*All current gate and race times are provisional. Tickets on sale now.