Competitive Relkeel leads the field on first day of ITV coverage
ITV Racing launches at Cheltenham on New Year's Day and the reward is a cracking card crowned by a notably competitive renewal of the Relkeel Hurdle.
Nine have been declared for the Grade 2 race, including last year's winner Camping Ground, Lil Rockerfeller, Old Guard, Cole Harden and L'Ami Serge.
Camping Ground ended up in the Champion Hurdle following his success last season and trainer Robert Walford said: "Camping Ground is in good form. We had a little bit of a hiccup last time out over fences so we decided to go back over hurdles and see how we get on.
"He won this race on heavy ground last year – we were wondering what he would go on and do afterwards but he lost his way a bit. This year will be very different conditions but we'll have a go and see what happens."
Agrapart, Adrien Du Pont, Leoncavallo and Protek Des Flos complete the line-up.
The Dipper Novices' Chase features a more familiar clash between Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson. The champion trainer unleashes Clan Des Obeaux, prominent in the betting for the JLT at the festival, up against O O Seven and former classy hurdler Whisper from Seven Barrows.
The Grade 3 handicap chase features Village Vic, placed in the BetVictor and Caspian Caviar already this winter, up against a dozen others including Vaniteux and Quite By Chance.
There will be three other races shown live on ITV: the 2.35 at Cheltenham and the 1.40 and 2.15 from Musselburgh, all competitive handicaps.