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2023 Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Tips

TimeRaceTipPlace Bet
13:30Supreme Novices’ HurdleHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursDysart DynamoPlace Bet
14:10Arkle ChaseHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursRiviere D’etelPlace Bet
14:50Ultima Handicap ChaseHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursKiltealy BriggsPlace Bet
15:30Champion HurdleHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursHoneysucklePlace Bet
16:10 Mares’ HurdleHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursTelmesomethinggirlPlace Bet
16:50Boodles Juvenile Handicap HurdleHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursThe Tide TurnsPlace Bet
17:30National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices’ ChaseHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursRun Wild FredPlace Bet

Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Preview

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 Cheltenham 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 2023

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.

1:30Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips2m 1/2fRace Preview
2:10Arkle Chase Tips2mRace Preview
2:50Ultima Handicap Chase Tips3m 1/2fRace Preview
3:30Champion Hurdle Tips2m 1/2fRace Preview
4:10Mares’ Hurdle Tips2m 4fRace Preview
4:50Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Tips4mRace Preview
5:30 National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase Tips2m 4 1/2fRace Preview

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, won last year in impressive fashion by the 2023 Champion Chase ante-post favourite Shishkin.

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 Honeysuckle 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 14 runnings of the race – although will be looking to win it for the first time in four 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 – Champion Hurdle

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 Honeysuckle will likely feature prominently amongst the Cheltenham Festival day 1 tips but Henry De Bromhead’s star is sure to face stern opposition once more when she bids to retain her crown.

15:30 Champion Hurdle Tips – (Grade 1) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f

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 Honeysuckle, who won the race twelve months ago.

Henry De Bromhead’s star mare will be a popular choice to follow up her win in the race twelve months ago, after her convincing victory in last year’s renewal. However, owner JP McManus has a superb record in this race (Won 4 of the last 5 renewals) and will be hopeful his 2018 + 2019 winner Epatante can defeat the Irish contingent.

Willie Mullins is no stranger to Champion Hurdle success and the Irish handler saddles  Appreciate Itin opposition; while Gordon Elliott could gain his first success in the race with the likes of Zanahiyr and Teahupoo.

5 key trends to consider

  • Seven winning favourites in the last 11 renewals.
  • 12 of the last 14 winners of the race had already won a Grade 1
  • 12 of the last 13 won by either Irish trainers or Nicky Henderson.
  • The last 7 winners were all unbeaten that season.
  • The last 14 winners had all won at least six NH races.

Other Races On Day One

1:30 – Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f

The first race of the Festival looks set to be one of the best races, with the likes of Constitution Hill, Jonbon and Sir Gerhard in the mix.

5 key trends to consider

  • 12 of the last 13 winners were aged 5 or 6.
  • 14 of the last 16 won last time out.
  • 8/10 had won at least a G2 novice hurdle.
  • 11 of the last 13 had run at least 4 times over hurdles.
  • 18/19 had won at least 50% of all hurdle starts in UK & Ireland.

2:10 – Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m

Will we see another superstar in this race like last year’s winner Shishkin? Willie Mullins has an excellent recent record in the race and Blue Lord looks set to be his best chance in this years race.

5 key trends to consider

  • 11/11 winners aged 6 or 7.
  • 12/12 winners won last time out.
  • 8 of the last 10 winners trained by either Willie Mullins or Nicky Henderson.
  • 14/15 winners had raced at Cheltenham previously.
  • 12/14 winners rated 151+.

2:50 – Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 1) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m1f

The Ultima is the first Handicap race of the Festival and has been won by some outsiders in the past, including last year’s 28/1 winner The Conditional.

5 key trends to consider

  • 8/9 winners raced at the Festival previously.
  • Just two winning favourites this century.
  • 6/7 have raced at Cheltenham that season
  • 7/9 winners aged 8 or younger.
  • No Irish trained winner in last 15 years.

4:10 – Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 1) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f

This is a favourite of Willie Mullins, who seems to target this race with his star mares every year. This year looks set to be no different, with recent Relkeel winner Stormy Island set to further enhance Mullins reputation in the race.

5 key trends to consider

  • 13/13 winners have come from top 4 in the betting.
  • 6/7 favourites have lost.
  • 13/13 winners have been rated 140+.
  • 10/14 winners have placed in Grade 2 company.
  • 9/14 winners have been trained by Willie Mullins.

4:50 – Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo) 2m 41/2f

Another race that can throw up a shock – none more so than last year’s winner Jeff Kidder at 80/1! Will we see another big-odds winner this year?

5 key trends to consider

  • 8/8 winners rated between 125-139.
  • Only 1 favourite has won in past 11 years.
  • 4/5 winners were in the top 12 in the betting.
  • Irish trained horses have won the last four renewals.
  • No winner of the race has previously raced at Cheltenham before.

5:30 – National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m6f

The final race on day one is for amateur rides only and it often pays to side with one of the more well known of these – such as Jamie Codd who has won two of the last three renewals.

5 key trends to consider

  • 19/21 winners aged 7+.
  • 9/9 winners rated 142+.
  • 11/12 had contested a Graded Chase.
  • Last 4 winners have all had 5+ Chase runs.
  • No favourite has won since 2013.

Cheltenham 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 Nicky Henderson’s Constitution Hill, who could hardly have been more impressive in his unbeaten start to Hurdles.

The Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle winner will be popular amongst punters looking to get their Cheltenham day one races bets off to a winning start in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

The Arkle looks set to be a fascinating race, with the likes of Edwardstone and Blue Lord set to line up for this year’s renewal. Willie Mullins has a fine recent record in the race (4 winners from last 7 renewals) and with ante-post favourite Blue Lord, he looks set to maintain his excellent record in the Arkle.

In the Champion Hurdle meanwhile Honeysuckle continues to dominate the Cheltenham Festival day 1 betting tips as many punters’ Festival banker of the meeting.

The closing National Hunt Chase meanwhile looks wide open with Gordon Elliott’s Run Wild Fred 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 Racing Tips 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!

Other days at Cheltenham Festival

There’s still three more days to get stuck into at Cheltenham Festival 2023. You can check out our tips for the other days here: