Cheltenham To Get Underway On Wettest Ground In 36 Years

Written 9 months ago by Newsroom

The 2018 Cheltenham Festival starts today, on the wettest ground in 36 years.

The going at the Gloucestershire track is officially described as heavy, soft in places, after rain in the build-up.

The Champion Hurdle is the feature on Day 1, with the Nicky Henderson trained ‘Buveur D’Air’ attempting to defend his title

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh will provide competition with ‘Faugheen’

20-times champion jockey Tony McCoy expects a win for the favourite:

There were a record 19 Irish trained winners at 2017 festival.

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh are favourites to win this year’s opening race, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle with ‘Getabird’

Ruby Walsh isn’t too concerned about the testing conditions:

The famous Prestbury Park roar will ring out for the first time at around 1.30.