The Champion Hurdle will kick off another thrilling week of racing at the Cheltenham Festival.
The first day will be headlined by the Unibet Champion Hurdle which has been won for the past two years by the Nicky Henderson-trained Buveur D’Air.
The champion will return to defend his crown this year and we’ll have full coverage of the big opening race on talkSPORT.
Here’s everything you need to know to tune into the action.
What is the Champion Hurdle?
The Champion Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt race run at Cheltenham racecourse every year.
It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of two miles and half a furlong with eight fences jumped during the race.
The prize fund for the race is over £400,000, with the winner set to bag around £225,000 for finishing first.
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When is the Champion Hurdle?
The 2019 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy will take place on Tuesday, March 12.
The race is due off at 15.30 and is the first ‘Championship’ race of the four-day Festival.
How can I listen to the Champion Hurdle live on talkSPORT?
talkSPORT will have full coverage of the Champion Hurdle with our Cheltenham special beginning at 1pm on the day.
To tune in, simply click here for the live commentary stream or the radio player below.
Who will run in the Champion Hurdle?
Buveur D’Air is bidding for a third successive victory in this race but is behind favourite Apples Jade in the betting.
Laurina is also well fancied, while EspoirDAllen, Melon and Sharjah have their E/W backers.
What is the Champion Day schedule?
13.30 The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
14.10 The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
14.50 The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
15.30 The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
16.10 The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle
16.50 The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase)
17.30 The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
What are the latest odds?
Apple’s Jade – 2/1
Buveur D’Air – 11/4
Laurina – 3/1
Melon – 16/1
Sharjah – 20/1
Brain Power – 33/1
Verdana Blue – 33/1
Global Citizen – 66-1
*From Coral, correct as of 8am on 12/03/2019