The last Saturday in January sees the final day of racing at Cheltenham before The Festival in March. Festival Trials Day provides the opportunity for potential Festival contenders to complete their on-course preparation for the big event, ensuring top quality action throughout the day. The highlight race is the BetBright Trial Chase.
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Festival Trials Day held on 28th January 2017, saw the usual race programme boosted by the addition of the Grade One Clarence House Chase, from the abandoned Ascot card and the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase, rescheduled following its abandonment at The Open in November due to the lack of rain.
The G2 BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase remains at the heart of Festival Trials Dayand in 2018 this race will be tinged with memories, as in 2017, Thistlecrack had been beaten by the brave Many Clouds (main picture, top), a shock many did not see coming, but thoughts after the race were very much with Oliver Sherwood and all at his Rhonehurst yard after Many Clouds collapsed following his gallant effort.
Top-quality staying hurdle action is provided by the G2 galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle.
Accompanied children, aged under 18, are admitted FREE on Festival Trials Day, when gates open at 10am.
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