Race fans are under starter's orders for the opening day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

A huge cheer will go up at Prestbury Park, when the first of this year's 28 races gets underway at 1.30.

The Willie Mullins-trained 'Klassical Dream' is set to go off favourite in the opener, the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, one of four Grade One contests down for decision this afternoon.

The Champion Hurdle is the highlight of Day 1.

The Nicky Henderson-trained 'Buveur d'Air' is aiming to become the first horse since the great Istabraq to win the race for the third year in a row.

Gordon Elliott's 'Apples Jade' is expected to go off favourite under 19 year old jockey Jack Kennedy.

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