Cheltenham Festival, Day One, Champion Day

Cheltenham Festival Day One Champion Day

Cheltenham Festival Day One Champion Day

 

The first day of the four day 2019 Cheltenham Festival is Tuesday March 12th, and there are seven races over the Old Course from 13:30 to 17:30. The course is open to the public from 10:30.

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

Distance: Two miles and half a furlong
Type: Novices’ hurdle
Time: 13:30
Venue: Old Course, Cheltenham

This is the novice championship event for hurdlers over the minimum distance and 8 hurdles for which horses aged four and older are eligible.   

Odds for the race winner

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Al Dancer
Fakir DOudairies
Angels Breath
Aramon

Predictions

ARAMON does not have the best form but is the most experienced horse of the market leaders and can use that experience to prevail. 

Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase

Distance: Two miles
Type: Steeplechase
Time: 14:10
Venue: Old Course, Cheltenham

This is the championship race for novice chasers over the minimum distance and 13 fences for which horses aged five and older are eligible.    

Odds for the race winner

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Defi Du Seuil
Lalor
Duc Des Genievres
Glen Forsa

Predictions

LALOR has the best course and distance form which is strong enough for the horse to win this race.

Ultima Handicap Chase

Distance: Three miles and one furlong
Type: Handicap steeplechase
Time: 14:50
Venue: Old Course, Cheltenham

This is one have one of the most competitive handicap chases of the season. There are 20 fences and horse aged five and older can take part.

Odds for the race winner

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Give Me A Copper
Minella Rocco
Mister Whitaker
Coo Star Sivola

Predictions

MISTER WHITAKER has the course form and weight to oblige against this opposition.

Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy

Distance: Two miles and half a furlong
Type: Hurdle
Time: 15:30
Venue: Old Course, Cheltenham

This is the most prestigious hurdle race in the sport. There are 8 obstacles in a race for horses aged four and older.  

Odds for the race winner

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Buveur Dair
Apples Jade
Laurina
Verdana Blue

Predictions

LAURINA can use her mare’s allowance to win the Champion Hurdle.

Mares’ Hurdle (for the David Nicholson Trophy)

Distance: Two miles and four furlongs
Type: Hurdle
Time: 16:10
Venue: Old Course, Cheltenham

This race is for the leading mares over the intermediary distance. There are 9 hurdles and horses must be four or older to enter.   

Odds for the race winner

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Benie Des Dieux
Apples Jade
Laurina
Limini

Predictions

BENIE DES DIEUX is a banker for many and she can justify that confidence for her to win this race. 

National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase

Distance: Four miles
Type: Steeplechase
Time: 16:50
Venue: Old Course, Cheltenham

This is one of the most prestigious races of the season for amateur riders. There are 24 fences and the minimum age is five.

Odds for the race winner

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Ok Corral
Ballyward
Discorama
Mortal

Predictions

OK CORRAL has something in hand over the rest of the field and can take advantage of that edge.

Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase

Distance: Two miles four and a half furlongs
Type: Handicap steeplechase
Time: 17:30
Venue: Old Course, Cheltenham

This race is for horses aged five and over with 16 fences at 17:30. It is a wide open handicap chase for novices.

Odds for the race winner

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Riders Onthe Storm
A Plus Tard
Tower Bridge
Highway One O One

Predictions

HIGHWAY ONE O ONE has the profile to be the answer to this difficult race to assess due the weights and number of runners.

Betting on the Cheltenham Day 1 2019

The feature race of the day is the Champion Hurdle which Buveur D’Air has won for the last two years and runs again. The trainer to look out for is Nicky Henderson and Ruby Walsh is the leading jockey at the Festival. Favourites have a good recent record in the Mares’ Hurdle.

Betting Tips

  • 13:30     Aramon
  • 14:10     Lalor
  • 14:50     Mister Whitaker
  • 15.30     Laurina
  • 16:10     Benie des Dieux
  • 16:50     OK Corral
  • 17:30     Highway One O One
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