Cheltenham Festival 2019 – Champion Day, LIVE: Latest updates from the first day including racecard, winners and latest odds
- The Cheltenham Festival gets underway on Tuesday, with the first race at 1.30pm
- It’s Champion Day with feature race – Champion Hurdle – taking place at 3.30pm
- Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips – best bets for Tuesday
- Follow the live action from seven races at Gloucestershire track with Sportsmail
The wait is over, the first day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival has arrived.
It’s Champion Day with the feature race, the Champion Hurdle, taking place at 3.30pm.
You can follow all the live action from the seven races with Sportsmail’s KATE McGREAVY…
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MARCUS TOWNEND: Horses from the Irish stables of Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins running at the Festival later this week are being stabled at Aintree racecourse.
The move is to ensure their normal plans to travel by ferry are not disrupted by the high winds which are forecast to hit the country on Tuesday.
The overflow facility is necessary because Cheltenham has capacity to stable only 299 horses. Winds of up to 40mph are forecast on Tuesday, while up to 12mm of rain is predicted to fall on the track overnight, turning the ground soft for opening races.
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MARCUS TOWNEND: Chris Hughes rose to fame when appearing in the reality TV show Love Island but he also has a passion for horses and racing.
Born and brought up near Cheltenham, Chris has ridden in a charity race at York and occasionally rides out for his local trainer Jonjo O’Neill.
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A wet start to Champion Day…
GATES ARE NOW OPEN!
Here’s to the start of Four Days of Extraordinary.
Day One – Champion Day #CheltenhamFestival pic.twitter.com/MCFLeSS12b
The going is currently good to soft, soft in places but the rain is falling so that may change by the time of the first race at 1.30pm.
It’s finally arrived…
Day One of The Festival™️ presented by @MagnersUK.
Our Clerk of the Course, Simon Claisse gives us the current going: ?GOOD TO SOFT, SOFT IN PLACES pic.twitter.com/T5cIWjdQEM
And welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. I will be bringing you the action from the 28 races across the four days.
The first day sees Buveur D’Air looking to become the sixth horse to win the Champion Hurdle, the feature race, on three occasions but faces a tough challenge from Irish mares Apple’s Jade and Laurina.
You can follow all the action from the seven races as they happen from Prestbury Park with Sportsmail.
The day has finally arrived… #CheltenhamFestival #Extraordinary pic.twitter.com/xrxvQcrvq5
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