Cheltenham Festival Trials Day

As part of the three-year deal with Cheltenham Racecourse to sponsor the 2 mile 5 furlong Handicap Chase on Festival Trials Day, is proud to continue supporting a key race in the build up to the Cheltenham Festival

Formerly known as the Murphy Group Handicap Chase, the race was inaugurated in 2003 and apart from when abandoned due to frost in 2006 has proven to be a popular event at Prestbury Park over the years. Champion Jockey AP McCoy was aboard Lady Cricket to win the first running, and has been joined by top jockeys such as Graham Lee, Daryl Jacob, Tom Scudamore, Aidan Coleman and Richard Johnson in tasting succcess in subsequent renewals. Both Philip Hobbs and Bob Buckler share the record for most wins as a trainer with 2 each, the latter's horse The Sawyer registering the only back-to-back victories to date in 2009 and 2010.

2016 Cheltenham Festival Clues

The race which has Grade 3 status is scheduled for Saturday 30th January 2016 at 14.25 and will be televised live on Channel 4 Racing, so get those notebooks at the ready as plenty of Festival clues could well be on offer.

Many of the horses that compete on Festival Trials Day are having their final prep run before the Festival and as such, it is rare that this meeting doesn’t feature at least one subsequent Festival winner.

In 2014 Lac Fontana won on Festival Trials Day, before winning the Vincent O’Brien Hurdle in March and The Giant Bolster won the Argento Chase, before going on to be placed in the Betfred Gold Cup for the third consecutive year, behind Lord Windermere.

In 2013, four subsequent Festival winners – Rajdhani Express, The New One, Sprinter Sacre and At Fishers Cross – all had their final pre-Festival start at the Festival Trials Day.