Festival Trials Day on Saturday 28th January 2017, sees a terrific nine-race programme boosted by the addition of the Grade One Clarence House Chase (1.45pm, 2m 62y) and the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (2.50pm, 3m 6f 37y).
The Spectra–Cyber Security Solutions Clarence House Chase has been staged twice before at Cheltenham, once in 2013 when Sprinter Sacre was successful and again in 2005 when it was a G2 handicap chase and Well Chief defied top-weight.
The £100,000 Grade Two BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase (2.15pm, 3m 1f 56y) remains at the heart of Festival Trials Day and this year’s renewal is set to include Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite, unbeaten novice chaser Thistlecrack, and the last two winners, Smad Place and Many Clouds.
Top-quality staying hurdle action is provided by the £60,000 G2 galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (4.00pm, 2m 7f 213y) which Thistlecrack won in 2016 prior to his G1 Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle romp at The Festival.
Festival Trials Day is the final Cheltenham raceday before The Festival – Tuesday 14th March to Friday 17th March. Accompanied children, aged under 18, are admitted FREE on Festival Trials Day, when gates open at 10am.
12.00pm JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (Grade 2) 2m 179y £30,000
12.35pm Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase 2m 4f 166y £25,000
1.10pm Hugo’s Restaurant Barbados Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m 4f 166y £60,000
1.45pm Spectra – Cyber Security Solutions Clarence House Chase (Grade 1) 2m 62y £70,000
2.15pm BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase (Grade 2) 3m 1f 56y £100,000
2.50pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase 3m 6f 37y £25,000
3.25pm Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 4f 56y £30,000
4.00pm Galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 7f 213y £60,000
4.35pm Steel Plate & Sections Handicap Hurdle 2m 179y £25,000
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