Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Tips

Time Race Our Tip Our Tip
13.20 Cheltenham
Soaring Glory 13.20–Cheltenham
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13.55 Cheltenham
Shishkin 13.55–Cheltenham
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14.30 Cheltenham
One For The Team 14.30–Cheltenham
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15.05 Cheltenham
Epatante 15.05–Cheltenham
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15.40 Cheltenham
Roksana 15.40–Cheltenham
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16.15 Cheltenham
Riviere D'Etel 16.15–Cheltenham
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16.50 Cheltenham
Galvin 16.50–Cheltenham
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Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Tips

The greatest show on turf kicks off for the first of four top-class days’ horse racing action at the home of jumps racing and the RacingTips team will be on hand throughout the week to offer readers their top tips and best bets for each day as they mark punters’ cards for every race.

 From ‘tapes up’ for the opening race of the Festival, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle through to the closing National Hunt Chase our tipsters will have Cheltenham Festival day one tips through the card on Tuesday as the premier jumps racing festival gets underway.

Cheltenham Day 1 Races

Tuesday’s Cheltenham day 1 races will play host to seven top-class contests, getting underway from 1.30pm with the curtain-raising Grade One Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and ending at 5.30pm with the National Hunt Steeple Chase.

 The feature race of the afternoon sees the latest renewal of the Grade One Champion Hurdle which goes to post at 3.30pm and is the third of four Grade One races on the opening day with the Grade One Arkle Chase and Grade One Mares’ Hurdle making up the quartet.

TIME RACE DISTANCE TYPE
1:30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips 2m 1/2f Hurdle
2:10 Arkle Chase Tips 2m Chase
2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase Tips 3m 1/2f Chase
3:30 Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Tips 2m 1/2f Hurdle
4:10 Mares’ Hurdle Tips 2m 4f Hurdle
4:50 Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase Tips 4m Chase
5:30  National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase Tips 2m 4 1/2f Chase

The famous Cheltenham roar will reverberate around the Cotswolds as the tapes go up on the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle which often provides significant pointers towards future Festival winners and the race has thrown up Champion Hurdle winners as well as top-class chasers; indeed Altior took the top honours in this race before becoming one of the greatest two-mile chasers in Cheltenham’s history.

 Following on from the Festival curtain raiser it is time for the first race of the Festival over fences with the Grade One Arkle Chase where Willie Mullins will again likely be a popular choice amongst many peoples’ Cheltenham Tuesday tips having saddled the winner in four of the last six renewals.

 The Arkle Chase invariably throws up a top-class prospect and the likes of Altior, Douvan, Un De Seaux and Sprinter Sacre have all taken this prize in their careers.

 Competitive handicap action over fences follows with the Ultima Handicap Chase aka the Festival Trophy before a return to hurdles for the day’s Champion Hurdle feature where Epatante will bid to retain her crown.

 The Cheltenham day 1 races continue with the Mares’ Hurdle which has been a Willie Mullins benefit and the County Carlow trainer has won nine of the 13 runnings of the race although will be looking to win it for the first time in three years.

 There is further hurdles action with the penultimate race of day one, the Boodles Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle which is perhaps better known as the Fred Winter Hurdle; while it is the turn of the amateur riders to close out the opening day with the competitive and often-gruelling National Hunt Chase.

 Be sure to check out our Cheltenham race tips for Tuesday as we’ll have tips for all seven Cheltenham day 1 races.

Cheltenham Tuesday Feature Race

The feature race of the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, the Grade One Champion Hurdle heads to post at 3.30pm and will attract plenty of attention from punters.

Offering the chance for the very best two mile hurdlers in the UK, Ireland and beyond to come together in a titanic tussle the Champion Hurdle is the first of the four ‘Championship’ races at the Cheltenham Festival with one race each taking place on each day of the meeting.

 Defending champion Epatante will likely feature prominently amongst the Cheltenham Festival day 1 tips but Nicky Henderson’s star is sure to face stern opposition once more when she bids to retain her crown.

15:30 Champion Hurdle Tips

Since it was first run in 1927 the Champion Hurdle has become one of the most famous races in the National Hunt calendar and the two-mile race has a rich history of household names amongst an illustrious roll-of-honour.

Open to horses four years and older the best of the Irish two-milers will lock horns with the cream of the home crop of horses headed by defending champion Epatante who won the race twelve months ago.

 Nicky Henderson’s star mare will be a popular choice to follow up her win in the race twelve months ago where she could give owner JP McManus a fifth straight win in the race; while trainer Henderson has won three of the last four renewals.

Willie Mullins is no stranger to Champion Hurdle success and the Irish handler could saddle the likes of Sharjah and Saint Roi in opposition; while Henry de Bromhead might pitch his unbeaten mare Honeysuckle into the premier prize line-up in another high-class renewal.

Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Betting Tips

So who might feature in the Cheltenham Festival day 1 tips as the greatest show on turf fast approaches? We’ve already seen some top performances from many of the main protagonists and with punters already formulating their battle plans there is lots to consider.

 Among the most likely Cheltenham Tuesday tips are Willie Mullins’ Appreciate It who made a telling impression when routing his field to land a Grade One at Leopardstown over Christmas to take his unbeaten tally over hurdles to two.

 Last season’s Champion Bumper runner-up will be popular amongst punters looking to get their Cheltenham day one races bets off to a winning start and the Irish raider heads the betting for the curtain-raising contest.

 In the Arkle meanwhile Shishkin continues to dominate the Cheltenham Festival day 1 betting tips as many punters’ Festival banker of the meeting; while Honeysuckle, Concertista and Benie Des Dieux are at the head of the betting for the Mares’ Hurdle.

 The closing National Hunt Chase meanwhile looks very open with Gordon Elliott’s Galvin heading the ante-post market for the day one finale. It could be another good day for Willie Mullins however with the County Carlow trainer boasting a number of highly-fancied runners as he looks to land another Champion Trainer crown.

Cheltenham Free Bets For Tuesday

Fancy a potential big win for little or no financial outlay? The Cheltenham Festival is a favourite with punters and there’ll be plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the many Cheltenham free bets for Tuesday and throughout the week that will be on offer from several of the leading bookmakers.

The RacingTips team will be busy throughout the Festival not only providing punters and readers with their Cheltenham Day 1 tips but also sourcing and collating the best of the bookmakers’ Cheltenham free bets for Tuesday and through the course of the week to help hopefully win big!