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Cheltenham races start Tuesday 12th March, and, what a day of racing it should be on Champions Day. With seven great races to get the Festival underway, who will you be betting on Cheltenham Day One?

Below, you can find a compilation of offers for the Festival, as well as the race card for the Tuesday Cheltenham races. Check them out below to make sure you get your betting off straight out of the gates.

Cheltenham Day 1 Races: Schedule

13:30 Supreme Novices' Hurdle Info & Favourites
14:10 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase Info & Favourites
14:50 Ultima Handicap Chase Info & Favourites
15:30 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Champion Hurdle 2019 Preview
16:10 Mares’ Hurdle Info & Favourites
16:50 National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase Info & Favourites
17:30 Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase Info & Favourites

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Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

The race to kick off not only Cheltenham Tuesday, but, the entire four-day Festival and will be scheduled, as normal, for 1.30pm GMT.

Set up for novices, this Grade 1 race is run over 2 and a half furlongs for those aged four and older. Over that distance the field of runners will tackle eight hurdles in order to see who can win the first race on Cheltenham Tuesdays race card!

Last year’s winner of this race was Summerville Boy, who managed to win the race by a neck, despite a handful of small mistakes over the hurdles. The mistake on the second last hurdle led jockey Noel Fehily exclaiming post-race “how we came back from there, I don’t know!”.

One thing to note with this being the first on the Cheltenham day one racing cards is that you may be able to get some great odds before the bookies are burnt. So, what better time to be betting on Cheltenham, than day one!

Cheltenham Day 1

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2019 Favourites

Angels Breath

Nicky Henderson’s Angels Breath is the ante-post favourite for the Supreme Novices Hurdle on Champions Day, with the five-year-old having won at Ascot back in December by 4 ½ lengths. Angels Breath looked hugely comfortable that day, finishing ahead of one of Paul Nicholls’ most promising youngsters, meaning that it comes as little surprise that he is being backed by many to claim the biggest win of his career at Cheltenham.

The up and coming horse also won at Moira back in April last year, finishing 11 lengths clear of his closest rival. Trainer Henderson was certainly impressed with Angel Breath’s performance in the recent trial at Ascot, with the Brit looking for another win in the Supreme Novices Hurdle after seeing Altior come out on top in 2016. 

Fakir D’Oudairies

After winning by 13 lengths on Cheltenham trial day just a matter of weeks ago, four-year-old Fakir D’Oudairies could well be a good outside bet for the Novices Hurdle. The Joseph O’Brien-trained horse has now won on his last two outings, having come out on top in a strong field at Cork at the beginning of the year having been the 11/4 favourite. Stablemate Fine Brunello also performed well at Cheltenham, eventually finishing ahead of favourite Adjali to claim the runner-up spot and provide O’Brien with a one-two.

Klassical Dream

Former French runner Klassical Dream is another interesting option in the Novices Hurdle, with the five-year-old having won on his Irish debut at Leopardstown at the end of 2018. He then competed in his first Grade 1 Novice Hurdle at the Dublin Festival, outlasting Aramon to eventually win by two meters, with the Willie Mullins trained horse being ridden by champion jockey Ruby Walsh that day. Klassical Dream certainly looks like a good prospect and could well be among the frontrunners at Cheltenham in March, depending on conditions in the South West.

Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase

Up next on Cheltenham Day One is the 2.10pm GMT. The Arkle is a Grade 1 race, and, another for novices (five years and older) to challenge one another over the 1 mile 7 furlongs which includes 13 hurdles.

This could be a key race to look at for Cheltenham day one betting. Why? Because in the last four years, it has been a Ruby Walsh run and Willie Mullins trained horse who has won three times. Most recently, was last year’s winner, Footpad who opened up a wide 14 length win once onto the home straight.

Arkle Challenge 2019 Favourites

Le Richebourg

Six-year-old French recruit Le Richebourg promises to be one of the leading names in the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham in March, with the Joseph O’Brien trained horse having won four of his five chases at Grade 1 level, including the Racing Post Chase at Leopardstown in December. He followed up that win with another success at the Frank Ward Chase at the same venue in February, giving him an official rating of 154 ahead of the Cheltenham Festival. Le Richebourg is undoubtedly one of the strongest runners in the field, however he certainly can still improve.


Kayley Woollacott’s Lalor is another strong contender for the second race on the opening day at Cheltenham, with the seven-year-old having impressed on his chasing debut in November. Lalor defeated Dynamite Dollars by seven lengths to claim victory that day, sending him straight to the top of the ante-post odds for the Arkle, before disappointing at Sandown last time out, finishing third behind Dynamite Dollars and Ornua on ground that didn’t suit him.


Despite having been beaten by Dynamite Dollars last time around, Kalashnikov is one horse who is capable of beating the best on his day. Having won at both Warwick and Plumpton before disappointing when being the odds-on favourite at Kempton, if he can rediscover the form that led to him winning the Betfair Hurdle and finishing behind Somerville Boy in the Supreme Novices Hurdle last season, the six-year-old undoubtedly ahs the ability to be among the frontrunners.

Ultima Handicap Chase

The second race of the hour and the third on Cheltenham Tuesday’s racecards is the Ultima Chase at 2.50pm GMT. The Grade 3 chase is run by runners of five years, and older, over the distance of 3 miles 1 furlong.

With twenty hurdles to be navigated over the distance during this handicap encounter, there is always plenty of opportunity for mistakes to be made, which, can often be costly on this type of stage.

Last year’s winner was Coo Star Sivola and it was the first Cheltenham win for British jockey Lizzie Kelly. The horse was the 5-1 favourite prior to the race, and, they showed why in the field and managed to hold off late challenge to win by a neck.

Ultima Handicap Chase 2019 Favourites


 Tom George’s Singlefarmpayment will be looking to recover from a disappointing run in the Grade 2 Cotswold Chase last time around, where he pulled up after making an error at the 11th fence. The nine-year-old previously finished fifth at Ascot, however having finished the Handicap Steeple Chase in second place last year, only losing out to Un Temps Pour Tout in a photo finish, Singlefarmpayment could well step up to the mark on the big day. The fact that he is only 3lb heavier this year means that he is likely to receive significant backing. 

Ms Parfois

Despite having finished sixth in a strong field at Newbury last time out in December, Ms Parfois is still a good runner, with the Anthony Honeyball trained eight-year-old having won at both Warwick and Newbury in the past. With an eventual run in the Grand National at Aintree being lined up by her trainer, with a strong showing at Cheltenham this year undoubtedly aiding her chances.

Go Conquer

10-year-old Go Conquer won at Doncaster in January, finishing ahead of both Monberg River and Calipto in the process. The win for the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained horse was its first since November 2017, however his experience could well come into play at Cheltenham in March, having finished fifth in the Steeple Chase 12 months ago, despite leading the race after the 12th fence. 

Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy

Next on the Cheltenham Tuesday racing cards is a big one, and, will determine who picks up the Challenge Hurdle Trophy at 3.30pm GMT! This race is the third leg in the Triple Crown of Hurdling and is one of the most prized hurdle encounters in the racing calendar.

This Grade 1 hurdle race is open to four-year-old, and older, horses. Over the 2 miles and half a furlong distance the field of runners will have to negate eight hurdles on their run to victory.

Last year saw Buveur D’Air just about hold on to the lead. It was a historic moment as it saw him become only the second horse to win back-to-back Champion Hurdle Trophies. It also gave the team of Nicky Henderson and J.P. McManus their seventh Champion Hurdle winner. So, if you’re looking for a winner of this one, check out their day one declarations for this one!

Unibet Champion Hurdle 2019 Favourites

Buveur d’Air

Buveur d’Air is looking for his third consecutive victory in the Champion Hurdle, with the Nicky Henderson-trained superstar having recovered from a third place finish in the 2016 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle to win his next 11 starts. The seven-year-old finished ahead of both Melon and Mick Jazz last year, however he will be looking to make up for a disappointing run at Kempton on Boxing Day, where he was defeated by stablemate Verdana Blue following a mistake on the third to last hurdle. Buveur d’Air’s speed could well mean that he has too much for the rest of the field, with Henderson’s prized asset clearly loving the track at Cheltenham. Jockey Barry Geraghty led Buveur d’Air to victory at Sandown at the start of February, further justifying his favourite tag.

Apples Jade

Having won her last four races, including back-to-back successes at Leopardstown either side of the new year, Apples Jade could well be chosen for the Champion Hurdle by trainer Gordon Elliott. The seven-year-old finished third behind Midnight Tour and Benie Des Dieux in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle 12 months ago, however Apples Jade has now proven herself against males and would certainly be among the favourites for the Champion Hurdle should she be favoured by Elliott.


Willie Mullins’ Laurina has won her last five races, including an impressive victory at Sandown in January this year, having been the 1/8 favourite with jockey Ruby Walsh. The six-year-old has also come out on top at Fairyhouse and Tramore in her short career, as well as seeing off Cap Soleil and Champayne Lady in the Grade 2 Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2018. Laurina is likely to make her second appearance of the season in the 2m4f Listed Coral Quevega Hurdle at Punchestown on February 20, which will provide a much better indication of her Champion Hurdle chances in March.

David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle

It may be difficult to follow in the footsteps of the Champions Hurdle, but, the mares always give it their best shot! The race is also known as the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, but, the winner of the race is given the David Nicholson trophy in memory of the great man who enjoyed success as both a trainer and jockey.

This Grade 1 race is due to be run at 4.10pm GMT and is open to mares of 4 years, or older, over the distance of 2 miles and four furlongs. The course throws up nine hurdles for the field to find their way over successfully.
In this one last year, everyone was sure it would be another walk-over for Apples Jade – but – it was not meant to be as Ruby Walsh rode Benie Des Dieux to victory by half a length.

If you’re looking for a winner in this one, in it’s 10-year history, this race has been won by a Ruby Walsh/Willie Mullins double in seven of the ten runs. That is remarkable, but, it may mean you don’t get the greatest of odds. One worth keeping an eye on though, for sure.

Mares Hurdle 2019 Favourites

Apples Jade

Should a run in the Champions Hurdle not materialise, reigning champion Apples Jade could well look to defend her title in the Mares Hurdle. The seven-year-old has looked in ominous form so far this season, winning four times, including three Grade 1 successes. Having seen off Supasundae at Leopardstown in February, Apples Jade could well be too good for the rest of the field if owner Michael O’Leary choses to give her another crack at the Mares Hurdle, with trainer Mullins having won the race eight times in total.

Benie Des Dieux

Benie Des Dieux is certainly an interesting mare to look out for, with the French recruit having won all five of her races since making the move. This record includes her victory in the Grade 1 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Annie Power Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown back in April last year, where she saw off rival Apples Jade, among others. Despite relatively little being known about the eight-year-old, much is expected of the Willie Mullins Mare, especially if she can once again give Apples Jade a run for her money.


Despite having been linked with a run in the Champion Hurdle, Laurina is perhaps more likely to line up in the Mares Hurdle, with Willie Mullins’ six-year-old having won her last five races. This run includes her success at Sandown in January this year, where she overcame Sensulano in a field of just two. With Laurina expected to make her second outing of the season in the Quevega Hurdle at Punchestown on the 20th February, punters should potentially wait to see how the mare fares in this race before placing bets. 

National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup

This Grade 2 race for amateur riders at 4.50pm GMT on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. The race has been run more than any other long-running event throughout the history of the Festival.

The race is for horses of five years and over, and is run across the distance of 4 miles, the longest of any race at the entire Festival. If that distance wasn’t enough, there are also a gruelling 24 fences to tackle and overcome throughout.

It was ten-year-old horse Rathvinden who came out victorious in this prestigious event last year. It was an enthralling run too, which even ended up landing jockey Patrick Mullins the ‘Ride of the Season’ accolade, for the run which saw the pair overcome a bad mistake on the 11th fence before storming back to victory.

National Hunt Chase 2019 Favourites

Ok Corral

OK Corral may be entered into the RSA Chase as well, however a run in the National Hunt Chase appears more likely at this stage, where he is the small odds favourite with many bookies. Nicky Henderson’s nine-year-old has made the perfect start to his chasing career, winning at both Warwick and Plumpton either side of the new year. He demonstrated excellent form in the race at Warwick, with leading amateur jockey Derek O’Connor only further justifying his favourite tag ahead of the race at Cheltenham on the opening day.


Willie Mullin’s seven-year-old Ballyward looks to have taken to running over fences with ease, having previously been a solid performer over hurdles. Ballyward finished second in the Tote Supporting Irish Racing Beginners Chase at Punchestown on New Years Eve, before going one better in winning the Grade 3 Business Club Novice Chase at Naas just a matter of weeks later.

Impulsive Star

Eight-year-old Impulsive Star could well be a big threat for Sam Waley-Cohen, with his recent win in the Classic Handicap Chase at Warwick in January demonstrating his capabilities. Impulsive Star finished fourth 12 months ago, however he showed that he has the stamina to be a threat at this level, meaning that he is defiantly worth backing with an each-way bet.

Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase

We wrap up the Cheltenham day one racing cards with this novices’ chase at 5.30pm. This handicap race is for novice chasers with a rating from 0 up to 145, and, of five-years-old or older. The distance is 2 miles 4½ furlongs and contains sixteen fences along the way to jump.

Mister Whitaker was able to take this race by a head in last year’s outing here. The win here for jockey Brian Hughes and Mister Whitaker meant that the English took a lead on day one in the Prestbury Cup standings, leading the Irish 4-3.

This win also gave ex-England footballer, Mick Channon, his first ever winner at Cheltenham Festival. Not a bad way to get your first one!

Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase 2019 Favourites

Glen Forsa

Having won at both Chepstow and Kempton at the back end of 2018, it perhaps comes as little surprise that Glen Forsa is the ante-post favourite for the Novices Handicap Chase at Cheltenham this year. The seven-year-old comfortably saw off Glenn Rocco in winning the Class 3 Chase in December, with the Mick Channon-trained horse missed out on Cheltenham trials day, however he is still likely to have done enough to claim a place on the openig day in March’s showcase.

Siruh Du Lac

Nick William’s Siruh Du Lac overcame the likes of Janika and Ballyhill to win the Grade 3 Spectra Cyber Security Solutions Trophy Handicap Chase in January, well-known as being the warm-up for the Novices Handicap Chase. The win was the fifth in the last six races for the six-year-old, having also won at racecourses including Exeter and Newbury over recent months. Jockey Lizzie Kelly is likely to be onboard Siruh Du Lac at Cheltenham, with the race needing a strong contender to beat the in-form French recruit.

Clondaw Castle

Seven-year-old Clondaw Castle has impressed over recent months, with the former point-to-point winner having claimed his first victory in the Class 3 Dick Christian Novices’ Chase at Leicester in January, seeing off Burbank and The Captain in the process. The Tom George-trained horse could well be a threat at Cheltenham despite the step up in distance, with his switch to handicaps having done little to stunt his development.

Betting on Day One

When you’re placing a bet on the races on day one from the Festival, it is worth looking at the history and the form of the horses declared. How are the jockey’s doing too in their recent runs? The smaller details are what will help you pick out the winners, and, ultimately help you make money on the first of the four-day event.

It is also worth comparing bookies to see where you can get the best odds and most value for your money. Of course, on the first day, there are likely to be an influx of offers designed to get you into the loop of betting on Cheltenham. Use this to your advantage and check out as many of Cheltenham betting offers as you can before betting.


Of course, there are plenty more races to be run, and, plenty more money to be won at Cheltenham for the rest of the week – but it is always important to make sure you get off to a good start out of the gates. At the very least, you don’t want to have made can significant losses, why? Because then it sets you up to have a much stronger and profitable Cheltenham Festival this year!