Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

A crowd of more than 60,000 has attended the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, around 7000 less than a year ago.

Extra wash basins and hand sanitiser stations are in place to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.

Despite the fall in numbers on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT) aggregate crowds across the four days are still expected to top 250,000.

Ian Renton, regional head of racing at Jockey Club Racecourses, said organisers were happy with the crowd “considering the uncertainty of the last fortnight”.

“We have been liaising very closely with the government over the last fortnight and listening to them and listening to their advice,” he said.

“And they have been extremely helpful in telling us what they believe is the right thing to do.

“They want business to continue as usual in this country and sporting events such as this that take place.

“So we have put a lot of precautions in place, in terms of ensuring racegoers have access to soap and water and can follow government advice on hygiene.”

Racing and other sports around the world have been affected by the virus with many events being held without spectators.

Jockeys were briefed by staff at the course about the importance of hygiene and also recognising any potential symptoms.

What started as a day to forget for trainer Nicky Henderson quickly turned into one to savour, with Epatante securing him a record-extending eighth win in the Champion Hurdle, the signature race.

Having been forced to rule star horse Altior out of his bid for a third Champion Chase – the top race on Wednesday – it was going to take something special to lift Henderson’s spirits.

Shishkin went some way to achieving that by winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, before Epatante further softened the blow by winning as the 2-1 favourite.

Henderson is now on 66 career winners at the Festival, one ahead of Irish trainer Willie Mullins.

“That was a bruising blow to leave Altior, your linchpin, at home, but he is in safe hands and we will have him back,” Henderson said.

“In the meantime we have got to get on with what we have got . it is a good start and there is a long way to go, but you would settle for this any day of your life.”

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Racing Victoria cuts prizemoney

Racing Victoria will cut prize money and stand down staff in a bid to reduce expenditure during the coronavirus pandemic....

Doncaster Mile

The Doncaster Mile is one of the feature mile races in Australia for all horses, it is held at Randwick racecourse each year...

TJ Smith Stakes

The TJ Smith Stakes also referred to as the TJ Smith is one of the feature WFA sprint races each year in Australia the race...

Watch: Star horse unearthed in the US

American racing fans may have unearthed something to get them all through the global crisis. At beautiful Gulfstream Park today,...

The Championships prizemoney slashed by over $9 million

Racing NSW has announced a major reduction in prizemoney for The Championships less than a week out from the opening...

Verry Elleegant far too good in G1 Tancred Stakes

The talented but sometimes fizzy Verry Elleegant has shown a new-found maturity to win the Group One Tancred Stakes at...

Mark Zahra opens up about coronavirus test

Mark Zahra says he has never received so many congratulatory text messages as he did after receiving the news of...

US Hall of Fame jockey tests positive for coronavirus

United States Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano has tested positive for the coronavirus and is self-isolating. Castellano tested positive...

Anti-horse racing activists send “fraudulent” text message

Anti-horse racing activists have sent out “fraudulent” text message appear to be from Queensland Health calling for Prime Minister Scott...

Watch: Unbelievable win by first starter

Racing fans will be hard pressed to see a more impressive win than that of Befana at the Sunshine Coast...

Alligator Blood returns positive to prohibited substance

Caloundra trainer David Vandyke has denied the illegal substance altrenogest has been administered to star galloper Alligator Blood who has...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2020 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.