Friday: Countryside Day
Fans will be treated with the appearance of the wonderful Balthazaar King on Countryside Day (Friday 11th November). The veteran chaser, who retired last season following his comeback run in the cross country chase at the Festival, will parade on the first day.
Despite the loss of the cross country chase here, due to the firmness of the ground, the Cheltenham team have added the Glenfarclas Veterans’ Handicap Chase to the card as the first race.
Qualifying races for the Arkle Chase, Supreme Novices’, Neptune Investment and Triumph Hurdle races at the March Festival will allow fans to get a glimpse of up and coming juvenile stars.
The grade two Neptune Investment Management Hyde Novices’ Hurdle is the feature race on the opening day and has attracted names such as Nicky Henderson’s Baden and Brio Conti.