Cheltenham Festival Day 1 2019 (Champion Day1)

  • Cheltenham Festival

    Day 1 of Cheltenham always offers the most offers of any of the days racing.  Bookmakers are keen to make you their bookmaker of choice for the festival, so expect plenty of value on the first race, The Supreme Novices Hurdle. I’ll run through each race and provide my thoughts on each in terms of the runners. I’m no professional tipster and welcome other people’s thoughts, but it may be of some use for those members that don’t follow racing.
    Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

    Cheltenham Day 1 also known as Champion Day offers up some truly tantalizing racing. Things kick off with the The Supreme Novices Hurdle -13:30, next up is The Arkle -14:10, followed by the Ultima Handicap Chase  - 14:50, The Champion Hurdle - 15:30, The Mare’s Hurdle - 16:10, The National Hunt Chase - 16:50 and The Close Brothers Handicap Chase - 17:30. The first race of the day typically has the most offers, as bookies want to encourage you to continue betting with them throughout the day, so take advantage of as many of these offers as you can. Check out our suggestions on horses and offers to hit for each race above the reloads or on each specific race page as soon as they ybecome available.

Cheltenham Festival 2019 Day 1 Races
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1

12/03/2019 13:30:00

Supreme Novices Hurdle

Grade 1 | 2m½f | 4yo+ | 8 hurdles
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1

12/03/2019 14:10:00

Arkle Challenge Trophy

Grade 1 | 2m | 5yo+ | 13 fences
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1

12/03/2019 14:50:00

Ultima Handicap Chase

Grade 3 | 3m1f | 5yo+ | 20 fences
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1

12/03/2019 15:30:00

Champion Hurdle

Grade 1 | 2m½f | 4yo+ | 8 hurdles
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1

12/03/2019 16:10:00

Mares Hurdle

Grade 1 | 2m4f | 4yo+ | 10 hurdles
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1

12/03/2019 16:50:00

The Close Brothers Handicap Chase

Listed Race | 2m4½f | 0-140, 5yo+ | 16 fences
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1

12/03/2019 17:30:00

National Hunt Chase

Grade 2 | 4m | 5yo+ | 25 fences
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Supreme Novices Hurdle 12/03/2019 13:30:00 
  • It’s a weak race this year, with no standout horse looking a surefire bet. Al Dancer is the favourite and did very well last time out in the Betfair Hurdle. That said winners of The Betfair Hurdle don’t often win this race. This year is a bit different, given that it was run on a different course and a couple of weeks later because of the equine flu situation.

    Fakir Doudairies won last time out at Cheltenham and was recently purchased by JP McManus, so that shows something about his class.

    Angels Breath, was disappointing when losing odds on at Kempton a week or so ago, but connections seem very happy with his progress. Given that he hadn’t run since Early December, you could forgive him that run and may well be primed for a big race. Henderson has said he trains like Altior, so take that as you will.

    One that I’d be tempted to back with the Sky Bet Money back if lose offer (without laying) would be Thomas Darby at around 20-1. He’s won at Cheltenham before and for a risk free bet, I’d chance him. 

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Arkle Challenge Trophy 12/03/2019 14:10:00 
  • Lalor comes into this as favourite for the race, but he was beaten 12 lengths last time out by Dynamite Dollars (who is now injured). He seems to be favourite by default. Glen Forsa looks like a very interesting prospect beating Kalashnikov by 19 lengths last time and at 4-1 at the time of writing, he may just slip in to qualify for the Bet365 4-1 offer. Articulum is another that I like at a bigger price around 14-1

     
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Ultima Handicap Chase 12/03/2019 14:50:00 
  • I find the handicap races at Cheltenham impossible to call. With these races, either avoid for matched betting purposes or get very tight qualifying losses. If I were to have a straight out bet, Calipto would be of interest at 20-1 ew. 

     
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Champion Hurdle 12/03/2019 15:30:00 
  • This is probably one of the races of the festival for me. Buveur Dair has won it the last 2 times and is competing to make it 3 in a row. This year looks like a much stiffer test however, with 2 Irish mares in Apples Jade and Laurina looking to steal the English Prince’s crown.

    From the top 3 in the betting (Buveur Dair, Apples Jade and Laurina), Laurina is the only one that has a realistic chance of qualifying for the betfair and Bet365 3-1 or 4-1 offers, but even then I think it’s unlikely. So if you are looking for a horse to back in this one on Bet365 I’d be looking to Sharjah. At 12-1, it’s a huge price and I might even back him e/w from a punters perspective. I think this race will be very close, so won’t be looking at High 5 or free bets for lengths here. For 2nd place and 2nd sp refunds, back either of the 2 horses that aren’t favourite on the day.

     
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Mares Hurdle 12/03/2019 16:10:00 
  • Willie Mullens has said that Benie Des Dieux is his best chance of a winner out of his string at The Festival and you can’t ignore that. We’ve yet to see her this year, but don’t let that put you off. Willie knows how to get a horse primed for one race in a year, he did it with Penhill last year, so don’t be surprised if she romps home. I’ll be looking at Coral free bets for lengths and high 5 for her in this one. Another Mare that I like for this race is Roksana. She was beaten 11 lengths last time out to the mighty Buveur Dair, but that’s no disgrace. At 9-1 she’s good value each way and a good option for money back 2nd, and 2nd to SP. 

     
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The Close Brothers Handicap Chase 12/03/2019 16:50:00 
  • This race won’t be on ITV, so won’t qualify for Bet365 or Betfair. It’s also a handicap race, so bit of a minefield. Keep qualifying losses tight on any offers that you go for. 

     
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National Hunt Chase 12/03/2019 17:30:00 
  • This race will not be on ITV either so won’t qualify for Bet365 or Betfair offers. It’s also a gruelling 4 mile encounter. I liked OK Corral a lot for this, but I am having my doubts as whether he will stay the trip. Now Mginty is a horse that I’d be tempted to back at 20-1 if he goes here, but it wouldn’t be with any significant conviction.

     
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2017 Winners & Stats
Year
Race
Winner
SP Fav
Distance
Offers Hit
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2018
Summerville Boy
(10.00)
Getabird
(2.75)
nk
4/1 | 3/1 | 2nd By Length | Fallers 1
Racing Post
2018
Footpad
(1.83)
Footpad
(1.83)
14
HIGH5 | 2nd to SP
Racing Post
2018
Coo Star Sivola
(6.00)
Coo Star Sivola
(6.00)
nk
4/1 | 3/1 | 2nd to SP | 2nd By Length
Racing Post
2018
Buveur D'Air
(1.66)
Buveur D'Air
(1.66)
nk
2nd to SP | 2nd By Length
Racing Post
2018
Benie Des Dieux
(5.50)
Apple's Jade
(1.50)
1/2
4/1 | 3/1 | 2nd By Length | Fallers 1
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2018
Rathvinden
(5.50)
Jury Duty
(5.00)
1/2
4/1 | 3/1 | 2nd By Length | Fallers 5
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2018
Mister Whitaker
(7.50)
Any Second Now
(6.00)
hd
4/1 | 3/1 | 2nd By Length | Fallers 3
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