Cheltenham Wednesday – Races, facts, and top tip!


Cheltenham Wednesday Top Tip

15:30 CHAMPION CHASE (2022): This tip has expired, as this event has finished.

Racecard (Grade 1)

7 races take place on Cheltenham Wednesday (the 2nd day of 4 of the Cheltenham Festival) under the current schedule. In 2022, the 2nd day falls on 16th March. The feature race of Cheltenham Wednesday, the Champion Chase, starts at 15:30.

13:30 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Hurdles, 2 miles 5 furlongs) – This race features novice hurdlers, aged at least four years. Jockey Ruby Walsh has had 4 wins since 2008 in this race (Fiveforthree, Mikael d’Haguenet, Faugheen, and Yorkhill), making him the race’s leading jockey. Willie Mullins was the trainer on all these 4 occasions, making him the race’s leading trainer. In 2021, Rachael Blackmore won on Bob Olinger.

14:10 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase (Fences, 3 miles 1/2 furlong) – You will see novice chasers in this race, aged at least 5 years old. It is not unusual for winners of this race to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup the following year – e.g. Denman, Bobs Worth, and Lord Windermere. Trainer Willie Mullins has won this race a record 5 times, including with Monkfish in 2021.

15:30 CHAMPION CHASE (FENCES, 2 MILES) – This National Hunt steeplechase which is run on the Old Course, is the most important minimum distance allowed chase in the National Hunt year. It’s for horses at least 5 years old. Only one horse has won at least three times – Badsworth Boy in 1983, 1984, and 1985. Jockey Nico de Boinville and trainer Nicky Henderson enjoyed back to back wins in 2018 and 2019 with the horse Altior. Politologue won in 2020 – a first win for jockey Harry Skelton in this event. Put The Kettle On won in 2021 – a first win for jockey Aidan Coleman in this event.

17:30 Champion Bumper (National Hunt Flat Race, 2 miles 1/2 furlong) – For horses aged four to six years old. The highest regarded bumper (i.e. flat race) in the National Hunt year. Trainer Willie Mullins has had a record 11 wins in this race (including Ferny Hollow in 2020, and Sir Gerhard in 2021), whilst jockey Ruby Walsh has had a record 3 wins in this race. The inexperienced horses who do well in this race, unsurprisingly often go on to great success in their future jumping career.

14:50, 16:10, 16:50: Non Grade 1 Races

Information in the Racecard section believed to be correct immediately prior to the start of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.