Cheltenham Champion Day 2024 Preview

  • Champion Day Intro
  • Race Schedule
  • Key Race
  • Market Favourites
  • Cheltenham Festival Champion Day Hospitality

Champion Day at the Cheltenham Festival heralds the exhilarating start to one of the most prestigious events in the horse racing calendar. As the first day of this iconic four-day festival, Champion Day sets the tone for an electrifying week of world-class racing, renowned for its rich history, thrilling competition, and unparalleled atmosphere. Held annually at the picturesque Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire, England, Champion Day brings together racing enthusiasts from around the globe to witness the finest horses, jockeys, and trainers compete for glory in a series of highly anticipated races.

From the roar of the crowd as the starting gates swing open to the thunderous applause that accompanies each triumphant finish, Champion Day encapsulates the essence of the Cheltenham Festival; immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere with Cheltenham Festival hospitality this March.

Race Schedule

The renowned Cheltenham roar signals the commencement of the Festival, with its inaugural day known as Champion Day, comprising seven races, including four hurdles and three chases. The highlight of the day is the prestigious UNIBET Champion Hurdle, a Grade 1 event spanning a distance of 2 miles.

During a historic moment at the Festival, spectators of jump racing bore witness to Constitution Hill’s remarkable performance in the UNIBET Champion Hurdle. Guided by jockey Nico de Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson, Constitution Hill displayed unparalleled agility and speed, dominating the race. This triumph marked Henderson’s 9th Champion Hurdle victory, spanning nearly four decades from 1985 to 2023.

Witness history once again at Cheltenham Racecourse this spring by securing your official Cheltenham Festival hospitality.

TIMES  

RACE

DISTANCE  

TYPE  

13:30

The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

2m abt ½f

Hurdle

14:10

The My Pension Expert Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

abt 2m

Chase

14:50

The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase (Premier Handicap)

3m abt 1f

Chase

15:30

The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)

2m abt ½f

Hurdle

16:10

The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

2m abt 4f

Hurdle

16:50

The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race (Premier Handicap)

2m abt ½f

Hurdle

17:30

The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) (Grade 2)

3m abt 6f

Chase

Key Race

The Unibet Champion Hurdle stands as the pinnacle of hurdle racing, boasting a rich history and unmatched prestige. Covering a distance of two miles and 87 yards, and featuring eight formidable flights to be conquered, this iconic race has been a staple in the racing calendar since its inception in 1927. From its humble beginnings, with Blaris clinching victory and a £365 prize in the inaugural race, to the emergence of legendary competitors like Hatton’s Grace and Sir Ken, who secured triple wins in the post-war years, the Champion Hurdle has witnessed countless moments of triumph and glory.

Over the decades, illustrious names such as Persian War, Dawn Run, and See You Then have etched their legacies into racing lore, with remarkable achievements that include rewriting history and claiming coveted titles. More recently, the likes of Hurricane Fly and Buveur d’Air have captivated audiences with their exceptional prowess, adding to the race’s allure and intrigue. With each passing year, the Unibet Champion Hurdle continues to deliver thrilling competition and unforgettable moments, solidifying its status as the ultimate test of speed, skill, and stamina in the world of hurdling.

Trusty steed Constitution Hill won the last UniBet Champion Hurdle in 2023, does he have what it takes to secure the victory again in 2024? Find out first hand with official Cheltenham Festival Hospitality that promises nothing but thrilling horse races and indulgent luxuries for the perfect race day. 

Market Favourites

Constitution Hill stands as the overwhelming favorite at odds of 1/3 to secure consecutive victories in the upcoming Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on March 12, following a stellar year on the racing circuit. After his triumphant performance in the Cotswolds last March, the seven-year-old has continued to impress with wins at Aintree and Kempton, firmly establishing himself as the frontrunner in the field.

State Man, a second-place finisher last year, poses a primary threat at 3/1 odds for a potential upset victory, having recently demonstrated impressive form with a commanding win in the Irish Champion Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival. Other contenders, including Lossiemouth and Irish Point, both priced at 14/1, are also in the mix, with Lossiemouth bolstering his credentials by securing victory in the Unibet Hurdle on Cheltenham Trials Day. Not So Sleepy and Zarak The Brave stand at 33/1 odds each, while Echoes In Rain, hailing from the Mullins stable, carries odds of 40/1 in the highly anticipated Champion Hurdle.

As the excitement builds for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival, all eyes will be on Constitution Hill as he aims for back-to-back victories, while formidable contenders like State Man, Lossiemouth, and Not So Sleepy seek to upset the odds and claim glory on the prestigious stage. With the anticipation mounting and the competition heating up, fans around the world eagerly await the thrill of seeing these top-class hurdlers battle it out for supremacy in one of the most anticipated events of the racing calendar.

Cheltenham Festival Hospitality

Cheltenham Festival hospitality promises a tailor-made experience designed to enchant even the most discerning guests. From the exclusive seclusion of private boxes to the dynamic ambiance of shared hospitality lounges, every detail is meticulously crafted to ensure an unforgettable occasion.

Nestled within the heart of the Cheltenham Festival’s Official Hospitality Village, the Platinum Suites represent the epitome of corporate hospitality excellence. Situated just behind the esteemed Long Run Boxes, these suites exude opulence and convenience, catering to VIP guests in search of the ultimate race day adventure. With unrivaled access to the parade ring and Club Enclosure viewing, guests can immerse themselves in the thrill just steps away from the lively atmosphere of the Guinness Village. Whether opting for shared tables for intimate gatherings or reserving private suites for larger parties, each package boasts a carefully curated selection of offerings.

The allure of the Long Run Balcony Boxes at the Cheltenham Festival transcends ordinary hospitality; they epitomize an exclusive sanctuary for discerning guests in pursuit of an unparalleled trackside experience. Serving as the pinnacle of corporate entertainment, the Long Run Boxes seamlessly blend culinary excellence with panoramic vistas, providing an unmatched viewpoint to witness the exhilarating racecourse action. From the final stretch to the finish line, guests are treated to breathtaking views from the private box balconies, fostering an atmosphere of unparalleled excitement – Witness it for yourself with official Cheltenham Festival hospitality.

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