Our Cheltenham Festival 2020 coverage gets underway with the day 1 races on Tuesday 10th March 2020. Below you will see all our Cheltenham day 1 tips for every race including the day 1 feature, the Champion Hurdle.
1.30pm – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
2.10pm – Arkle Challenge Trophy
2.50pm – Ultima Handicap Chase
3.30pm – Champion Hurdle
4.10pm – Mares’ Hurdle
4.50pm – The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
5.30pm – The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
As we get closer to the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, our betting tips will start to ramp up and you will get a lot of ante-post selections ahead of all the day 1 tips. With 28 races taking place across the four days, there are a lot of races to look. This can be overwhelming for some punters so we have taken some of the stress out of it and picked out the best bets for each day.
This section is focusing on the six races from ay 1 of the Cheltenham Festival 2020, taking place on Tuesday 10th March.
The day 1 races get underway at 1.30pm with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. This is one of the biggest betting races of the week because everybody wants to get off to a winning start on their Cheltenham Festival betting.
One massive plus point to this for the punter is that you will get the best sign-up offers, free bets and existing customer offers from bookmakers on the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
In years gone by, there have been some fantastic offers such as money back in cash if your bet loses on the 1.30pm race of day 1.
The feature race on day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Hurdle – the first of the ‘Championship’ races across the Festival.
There have been some flagship winners of the Champion Hurdle including Hatton’s Grace, Persian War, Hurricane Fly and Istabraq.
Last year, there was a surprise winner when 18/1 shot Espoir D’Allen won the race for trainer Gavin Cromwell and jockey Mark Walsh.
In 2019, there were some big odds winners as part of the Cheltenham Festival day 1 tips and that including a 14/1 winner and 10/1 winner.
When picking ante-post bets, you can always look to get good value but it is important to use the correct bookmakers for betting on the Cheltenham day 1 tips.
The opening race of the Cheltenham Festival is always a competitive affair and the 2020 renewal looks no different. At the time of writing, Shiskin is the 5/1 favourite with Abracadabras second in the betting at 11/2. That horse was supposed to run at the recent Dublin Racing Festival but was pulled out a day before the race.
The best Novice hurdlers from Britain and Ireland take centre stage for the 1.30pm start, which will be greeted by the traditional Cheltenham roar from the packed grandstands. The former Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winners include Cue Card and Altior, a small sample of a highly thought of lost. Klassical Dream landed the 2019 renewal for Willie Mullins, and the 2020 race looks equally as exciting. You will get all our Supreme Novices’ Hurdle betting tips, previews, predictions and odds as we get closer to the start of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.
The second race of day 1 is the Arkle over a 2m trip. This is always one of the highlights of the four days of Cheltenham because the exciting youngsters fly over the fences in a bid to land the Grade 1 prize. Duc des Genievres took the spoils in the 2019 Arkle but he has been disappointing since, and fell last time out at Leopardstown when Chacun Pour Soi won to go near the head of the betting for the Champion Chase on day 3.
Notebook is the current favourite in the odds for the 2020 Arkle Chase, with our tip Fakir Doudairies second favourite at 6/1 with Coral. Both of these horses will be going straight to Cheltenham now so let’s look forward to another thrilling 2m spectacle.
The first big handicap race of Cheltenham week is the Ultima, a race over 3m 1f and for horses aged 5 and upwards. The first handicap of 2020 Cheltenham Festival week is the first real-time to have a strong each-way punt. The race is run on the old course and normally throws up some Grand National prospects. The 3-mile trip takes some getting and it is normally the strong stayers that come out on top. Beware the Bear was the winner in 2019, another for Willie Mullins.
The first Championship race of the week is the Champion Hurdle and there have been countless memorable renewals. 2018 saw Buveur D’air retrain his crown ahead of Melon and Mick Jazz, and last year there was a surprise winner in 16/1 shot Espoir D’Allen. Melon was again in the places, finishing second in the race. It was billed as the battle between Apple’s Jade and Laurina, but both horses were very disappointing on the day.
For the 2020 Champion Hurdle odds, Benie Des Dieux is the current favourite but she’s likely to contest the Mares’ Hurdle, so Epatante is likely to be the favourite at the off. Honeysuckle won at the Dublin Racing Festival and would be a fascinating participant if she ran.
This is one of those races where it is a nightmare for punters to bet ante-post. Hopefully, the new declaration rules will help but none the less, it is a tough betting heat. Three years ago we had the debacle surrounding Limini and Vroom Vroom Mag with Rich Ricci not deciding which race they would run in. This year we could have a similar issue with Benie Des Dieux and Honeysuckle, who could both take their chance in the Champion Hurdle.
Willie Mullins has dominated this race with superstar Quevega, Glen’s Melody in that infamous Annie Power fall race and then Vroom Vroom Mag in 2016. If Benie Des Dieux takes her chance in this race she will be very hard to beat, and she’ll have the whole of Ireland betting on her as their Cheltenham Festival tips day 1 banker!
The penultimate race on Cheltenham Festival day 1 2020 is the Novices Handicap Chase and we normally get a very open betting heat here. It isn’t uncommon for the favourite to be a double-figure price so it’s another good chance to get a winning each-way bet. It is run over 2 and half miles. Only two favourites have ever won this race.
The 2020 renewal looks no different, with the favourite currently a 10/1 shot. There will still be a few more horses to have a prep run before Cheltenham so expect this betting market to change before Tuesday March 10th.
This race is run over 3m 7f and is the most gruelling of tests for the horses. It is a race that looks suited to stayers, but any sort of pace can take the finish out of them. When betting on the National Hunt Chase, look for jockeys with experience as it is confined to amateur jockeys. It is one of the hardest betting heats on day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival so it’s also worth delving into the each-way markets.
In 2019, A Plus Tard landed a huge gamble for followers of the Henry de Bromhead yard to take the spoils. That horse is now near the top of the market for Grade 1 races at the Festival this year.