The famous roar as the tapes rise for the first race on Tuesday signals the moment when the 12 month wait is over and racing’s favourite fixture is back.
The first day of The Festival features the most important hurdle race of the season, the Stan James Champion Hurdle, won in 2016 by the wonder mare Annie Power.
She scored in a course record time of 3m 45.10s, eclipsing the previous record of 3m 45.25s set by Jezki in 2014 and became the first mare since Flakey Dove in 1994 to win the Champion Hurdle and only the fourth in the race’s history.
Please note times and sponsors correct as of March 2016.
|13.30||The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race||2m abt ½f||Hurdle|
|14.10||The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase||abt 2m||Chase|
|14.50||The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase||3m abt 1f||Chase|
|15.30||The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy||2m abt ½f||Hurdle|
|16.10||The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race||2m abt 4f||Hurdle|
|16.50||The 146th Year Of The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase)||abt 4m||Chase|
|17.30||The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase||2m abt 4½f||Chase|
Information subject to change.