Cheltenham Champion Day Betting Tips
Cheltenham is back. It’s that time of the year again folks where one of the biggest horse racing meetings in the world takes place and look no further for Cheltenham Betting Tips. The first day is looking like a tasty affair and we’ve picked out some brilliant win and each way tips for every race.
Supreme Novices Hurdle
March 12 is when the magic begins with the Supreme Novices Hurdle and we can’t wait to hear that famous Cheltenham roar to kick us off. The Irish have dominated this race in recent years with Willie Mullins racking up five wins and jockey Ruby Walsh also riding five winners. Three of these victories have come together with Champagne Fever (2017), Douvan (2016) and Vautour (2015). The current favourite is Al Dancer at a price of 11/4* however, only three of the last 15 favourites have won this race. Elixir De Nutz is becoming a bit of a course specialist here, coming second once and winning two out of his three races at the track. We fancy him to go well again and at 8/1* he is our selection. We’ve also been a huge fan of Aramon this season and at a price of 11/1* we believe he cannot be ignored for an each way bet. Mullins has a phenomenal record in this race and Aramon is his best chance of winning it again.
The Arkle is another race in which Willie Mullins has dominated in recent years, winning three of the last four. Again, in these three victories he has combined with Ruby Walsh on Footpad (2018) Douvan (2016) and Un De Sceaux (2015). The Arkle betting this year looks fairly open with favourite Lalor coming in at a price of 11/4*. However, Glen Forsa absolutely trounced one time Arkle favourite Kalashnikov at Sandown last month and he is fancied to go well again. 4/1* looks a decent price and jockey Jonathan Burke will be hoping to repeat the feat. If you are looking for something bigger Paloma Blue could be worth an each way chance at 9/1*.
Ultima Handicap Chase
The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase looks like one of the biggest puzzles for punters at Cheltenham this year with a big field of classy stayers. It might pay to single out the horses that have previous Cheltenham experience here. Singlefarmpayment has frustrated punters over the years but this is the type of race he will relish and he seems to thrive at the festival. You can back him at 14/1* with 21.co.uk. Another interesting selection is Beware The Bear who won last time out at Cheltenham. He came fourth in this race last year and will be looking to improve on that. 18/1* looks a big price for a horse with such a good course record.
Oh boy are we in for a cracking Champion Hurdle this year where Buveur D’Air faces off against Apple’s Jade and Laurina. Buveur D’Air was a touch unlucky to lose his unbeaten record on Boxing Day at Kempton and he will be better suited by a return to this track. It’s hard to look outside the front three but if Buveur is firing on all cylinders we fancy him and Barry Geraghty to get the job done at 15/8*. If you’re brave enough to look outside the three front runners Sharjah at 10/1* could be worth a look. The Willie Mullins trained gelding has pulled out two incredible performances over in Ireland at this trip beating the likes of Faugheen, Supasundae and Melon.
The Mares Hurdle is another race in which the famous Mullins-Walsh combo have dominated since its inception in 2008. Amazingly the pair have won the race together in eight of its 11 years. Walsh rode Benie Des Dieux to victory last year and she can be backed at 11/10*. The concern here is that the horse hasn’t ran for almost a year and hasn’t had a prep run. Phil Kirby has seemed unsure whether Lady Buttons will run in the Mares rather than the Champion Chase this season after a recent surprise switch back to hurdles. The horse has been in scintillating form this season and if she runs, 12/1* looks a big price for a horse that has been so convincing of late.
Novice Handicap Chase
The Novice Handicap Chase is one of the biggest puzzles of the Cheltenham Festival with no trainer having won it twice since its 2005 inception. Clondaw Castle is the current favourite for the race at a rather big price of 8/1*. We’ve tentatively selected Highway One O One as an each way bet here at a price of 14/1*. Tom Cannon rode him to a well placed second over course and distance in January and maybe this time he could go one better.
National Hunt Chase
Rounding off day one at Cheltenham is the gruelling National Hunt Chase. The oldest and longest race at Cheltenham is now in its 159th year and many of its runners go on to compete in the Grand National at Aintree. If you fancy the favourites, OK Corral looks a tasty price of 11/4*. He has won his last two races convincingly but he’s untested at this trip and it remains to be seen whether he can stay. Impulsive Star is an interesting selection in this race, having recently won a 3m5f race at Warwick. He also placed fourth in this same race last year and we hope he can improve on that. You can back him here at 12/1*.
*All odds from 21.co.uk’s online sportsbook are correct at the time of writing.
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