The opening day of the Cheltenham Festival is considered racing’s most exhilarating spectacle and the action is rapidly approaching.
This March, huge numbers of people will descend on Prestbury Park to experience the ‘Cheltenham roar’ in all its glory on Stan James Champion Hurdle Tuesday.
50,000 punters flock to the course for the first day of the meeting and they all arrive ready to witness the most prestigious racing festival on the planet from the comfort of the betting ring, while they sit back, relax and embark on an unrivalled path of excitement.
With more than £500 million set to be gambled over the course of the week racing fanatics look to Tuesday’s card with an incredible amount of anticipation as they look to get a head start on the bookies.
The Stan James Champion Hurdle is without doubt the highlight on the opening day of proceedings and the hurdling division’s finest thoroughbreds will once again battle it as they bid to be crowned the best in the business.
Hurricane Fly will be back to defend his crown, but with the likes of Sprit Son, Zarkandar and Binocular all arriving at HQ in the form of their lives, the racing looks set to be as explosive as it is thoroughly competitive and utterly intriguing.
The day’s racing will kick off with the breathtaking ‘Cheltenham roar’ which accompanies the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and despite Cue Card fluffing his lines in last year’s race punters will still look to bombard the bookies with big bets as they look to kick off the meeting with a bang.
The chasing division’s brightest talents will go to war in the Arkle Trophy Chase and a whole host of experienced jumpers will tackle one of the Festival’s most enchanting races, the Cross Country Handicap Chase.
Though the meeting is still months away, fans of the Festival will already be hoping that 2012’s instalment of action from Prestbury Park is as enthralling as it was in 2011 and if the Champion Hurdle is anything like the last renewal, we are going to be in for a real treat.
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