Cheltenham Wednesday tips
7 races take place on Cheltenham Wednesday (the 2nd day of 4 of the Cheltenham Festival) under the current schedule. In 2020, the 2nd day falls on 11th March. The feature race of Cheltenham Wednesday, the Champion Chase, starts at 15:30. All of the races below will be run on the Old Course, with the exception of the Cross Country Chase which will be run on the Cross Country Course.
- 13:30 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (10 Hurdles, 2 miles 5 furlongs) – This race features novice hurdlers, aged at least four years. Jockey Ruby Walsh has had 4 wins since 2008 in this race (Fiveforthree, Mikael d’Haguenet, Faugheen, and Yorkhill), making him the race’s leading jockey. Willie Mullins was the trainer on all these 4 occasions, making him the race’s leading trainer. In 2019, City Island (jockey: Mark Walsh) won.
- 14:10 RSA Chase (19 Fences, 3 miles 1/2 furlong) – You will see novice chasers in this race, aged at least 5 years old. It is not unusual for winners of this race to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup the following year – e.g. Denman, Bobs Worth, and Lord Windermere. Topofthegame won in 2019, jockeyed by Harry Cobden.
- 14:50 Coral Cup (10 Hurdles, 2 miles 5 furlongs)
- 15:30 CHAMPION CHASE (12 FENCES, 2 MILES) – This National Hunt steeplechase which is run on the Old Course, is the most important minimum distance allowed chase in the National Hunt year. It’s for horses at least 5 years old. Only one horse has won at least three times – Badsworth Boy in 1983, 1984, and 1985. Jockey Nico de Boinville and trainer Nicky Henderson enjoyed back to back wins in 2018 and 2019 with the horse Altior.
- 16:10 Cross Country Chase (Cross Country 32 Obstacles, 3 miles 6 furlongs)
- 16:50 Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle (8 Hurdles, 2 miles 1/2 furlong)
- 17:30 Champion Bumper (National Hunt Flat Race, 2 miles 1/2 furlong) – For horses aged four to six years old. The highest regarded bumper (i.e. flat race) in the National Hunt year. Trainer Willie Mullins has had a record 9 wins in this race, whilst jockey Ruby Walsh has had a record 3 wins in this race. The inexperienced horses who do well in this race, unsurprisingly often go on to great success in their future jumping career. Envoi Allen won in 2019, ridden by Jamie Codd.