Cheltenham Tips Day 1 – Tuesday 15th March 2022

Our Cheltenham Festival 2021 coverage gets underway with the day 1 races on Tuesday 15th March 2022. Below you will see all our Cheltenham day 1 tips for every race including the day 1 feature, the Champion Hurdle.

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Cheltenham Festival day 1 betting tips, race previews and predictions for the opening seven races of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday 15th March.

The wait is over and the start of the best four days of racing of the year is upon us, but which horses are best to bet on for the day 1 racing? Our tipster Henry has been through the card and you can see his picks below.

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Cheltenham Day 1 Tips

Cheltenham 2022 Day 1 tips

 

1:30 Cheltenham

The opener to a fantastic week, the Greatest Show On Turf, the Supreme Novices Hurdle. A Grade 1 contest over the 2m trip and it looks set to be one of the most fascinating races of the week.

The one I like is CONSTITUTION HILL (5/2). Easily the most solid horse in the line-up, he will have no problems with the preliminaries which has to be a concern for market rivals Dysart Dynamo and Jonbon. He was so professional in both starts at Sandown this season, travelling powerfully, jumping well and showing a potent turn of foot to power up the Sandown hill on both occasions. I don’t think the quicker ground here will be a problem and he’ll be able to sit off the strong pace and make his move as they swing for home. His jumping will be an asset and I think he’s a strong stayer at this trip which is a huge plus.

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2:10 Cheltenham

The 2:10 is the Arkle Trophy, a 2m Grade 1 for the Novice Chase. They look certain to go very quick with Magic Daze set to go from the front.

The one I’ve landed on is COUER SUBLIME EW (14/1). Like I said, they are going to go very fast in this which will suit the strong travellers that like to sit off the pace. Couer Sublime will relish that here and he will appreciate the spring ground for the first time this season. He ran a cracker on seasonal debut when beaten 4l by Ferny Hollow who would have been odds on for this. He disappointed over Christmas, like many of De Bromhead’s horses before regaining his confidence with a good victory last time out at Gowran Park. That was off the back of wind surgery and he seemed to really benefit from that. He is the choice of last years Leading Jockey Rachael Blackmore and I think he’s a fantastic each way bet. Hopefully he can get up the hill but even so, he should hit the frame at a nice price.

 

2:50 Cheltenham

The first handicap of the week comes up next, the Ultima Handicap Chase. 24 runners are set to line-up for this stamina test over 3m1f.

The selection here is CORACH RAMBLER EW (12/1). A horse full of ability but has his own way of doing things, I think he’s capable of going very close of a handicap mark of 140. He fell 4 out last time out at Ascot behind favourite Does He Know but I think he would have went very close at the very least in that contest. His best career performance to date came here at Cheltenham so a return to this track is a huge plus and he’ll be staying on strongly over this trip. I’m just hoping he can hold his position early as he will need to cut out the mistakes. However, I’m happy to chance him at the prices in a wide open renewal as usual.

 

3:30 Cheltenham

The feature on Day 1 comes up at 3:30, the Grade 1 Unibet Champion Hurdle ran over the 2m distance.

I actually think HONEYSUCKLE (4/6) is a good bet here and I can see her drifting on the day. She is the best horse in the race and has never lost. Also, she gets weight of all her rivals with the mares allowance. Appreciate It hasn’t ran for a year and his victory in the Supreme Novices Hurdle hasn’t worked out too good, albeit he hosed up. He still has to step up significantly and I just don’t think the rest are good enough. Honeysuckle can get punters off to a flyer in the feature on Day 1. Adagio (20/1) is capable of chasing her home for the forecast.

 

4:10 Cheltenham

The 4:10 comes up next and it is yet another Grade 1 for us to get stuck into. The Mares Hurdle ran over 2m4f and it’s a wide open betting market.

The nap of the day is TELLMESOMETHINGGIRL NAP (3/1). She’s been laid out for this all season and connections have always said this was the number one target and they’d be working backwards from it. She has improved with every start this season and the form of her latest effort when staying on behind Stayers Hurdle hopeful Royal Kahala was a good effort. She’ll improve again for that and she now returns to the scene of his finest hour. She hosed up in the Mares Novice Hurdle last season here and she’ll get another strong gallop to aim at in this contest. Tough to beat.

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4:50 Cheltenham

The 4:50 from Cheltenham is the trickiest race of the day for punters, the Boodles Juveniles Hurdle, known too many as the Fred Winter. Another race ran over 2m where plenty are expected to improve on what we’ve seen already and exploit their lenient handicap marks. Gaelic Warrior could be so well I’m off 129 but the price has gone now.

I’ll chance HMS SEAHORSE EW (12/1) in this. The shrewd Paul Nolan has been plotting the selection for this all season I feel. He’s had one winner from one runner in this race over the years so hopefully he can continue that 100% record here. A fairly useful horse on the flat for top trainer Aiden O’Brien, he’s improved with every start over hurdles finishing with a decent victory last time out at Fairyhouse. He’ll appreciate the strong gallop and the good ground and he’s opened to significant improvement. Nice each way price.

 

5:30 Cheltenham

The finale on Day 1 is the Ukraine Appeal National Hunt Chase ran over the 3m6f trip. Seven runners go to post and arguably, they all have a realistic chance.

My selection is RUN WILD FRED NB (9/4). He has strong form and is the mount of Jamie Codd so it’s easy to see why he’s favourite in the finale. A great winner of the competitive Troytown at Navan back in November on decent ground, he’s followed that up with a fine second-placed effort at Grade 1 level last time out. He’ll be well suited to this type of rest and there is no stamina concerns. He’ll sit close to the pace I’m sure and if Codd can get him jumping well early on, he can put some of the rivals in behind under pressure and prove tough to pass.

 

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Cheltenham Day ANTE-POST 1 Tips

TimeRaceOddsRead
1.30pmJonbon4/1Read
2.10pmEdwardstone2/1Read
2.50pmDoes He Know7/1Read
3.30pmTeahupoo (EW) & Not So Sleepy (EW)8/1 & 100/1Read
4.10pmTelmesomethinggirl3/1Read
4.50pmGaelic Warrior11/4Read
5.30pmRun Wild Fred7/2Read

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Cheltenham Day 1 Schedule

  • Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – 1.30pm
  • Arkle Novices’ Chase – 2.10pm
  • Ultima Handicap Chase – 2.50pm
  • Champion Hurdle – 3.30pm
  • Mares’ Hurdle – 4.10pm
  • Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle – 4.50pm
  • National Hunt Novices’ Chase – 5.30pm

 

Cheltenham Day 1 Tips – Ante-post

These are the tips and predictions that were made before the start of the Cheltenham Festival for some of the big races on day 1.

 

2022 Supreme Novices Hurdle Betting Tip

I believe the race and indeed the market will revolve around the participation of the Mullins top 2. it looks more and more like Sir Gerhard is to be rerouted to the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle so Dysart Dynamo will represent the Mullins yard here, along with Kilcruit. Kilcruit is a horse coming into favour with a number of pundits and Patrick Mullins has said that that is the horse he’d like to ride in the race given the choice.

However, my selection for this race is going to be JONBON (if Sir Gerhard does not run). The Nicky Henderson yard form is a slight concern but Jonbon has done nothing wrong so far and his quick, low jumping is perfect for a Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. He’s gone on to win the Grade 2 Howden Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle at Ascot and the Grade 2 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle and better ground than hislast outing at Haydock puts him right in the mix.

JONBON to win the Supreme Novice Hurdle (if Sir Gerhard doesn’t run) –  Jonbon (4/1)

 

2022 Arkle Betting Tip

With no superstar in the race it is very wide open. My selection is the one on performances this year they have all to beat. The most solid horse in the field, albeit that I do expect the bookies to take him on for the very reason that the race is so wide open and also can see one of Willie’s being backed in as a potential massive improver. But my pick seems to be improving with every run, his form is very good. He has plenty of Cheltenham experience and although the stats are against him in the fact that 8-year-olds can’t win the Arkle (Sizing Europe and Moscow Flyer the last two to do so) and question whether he can win, good horses break the stats, and that good horse is Edwardstone and I think he will win the Arkle Challenge Trophy 2022.

EDWARDSTONE to win the Arkle – 2/1 with Paddy Power (NRNB).

 

Ultima Handicap Chase Tip

The score between Does He Know and Threeunderthrufive currently stands at 1-1, but a line through Doyen Breed, whom Does He Know beat most recently in the Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase at Ascot, suggests Kim Bailey’s 7-year-old may have the edge here. He appears versatile, going-wise, and won over course and distance in November, so has plenty going for him.

Selection: Does He Know (7/1 with bet365)

 

Champion Hurdle Tip

Maybe Honeysuckle just wins but I am going to take a Chance that TEAHUPOO (8/1 EW) is still improving and can announce himself on the big stage, while at a big price, particularly with extra places, keep an eye out on what is available on NOT SO SLEEPY (100/1 EW) to hit the extended frame. 

 

Mares Hurdle Tip

I think this is a better race than it’s being made out to be by certain areas of the racing world. 5 previous Festival winners could end up coming here and it’s 1 of them I go with in TELMESOMETHINGGIRL (11/4 with Betfred).  Everything this season has been aimed with this race in mind and I don’t believe her 2 runs this season have a huge bearing here. Even though this is quite a competitive field, she’s the right favourite based on her run over Christmas. Even though she was 3rd to Royal Kahala & Heaven Help Us, she came out best at the weights (had to concede 5 & 8lb respectively).

Both of those horses are dangers to my selection and Royal Kahala has even franked her chances by winning the Galmoy hurdle and giving a beating to Klassical Dream in the process. As good as that form is though I think the Peter Fahey mare (who disappointed at Cheltenham last year) needs a 3m trip or really testing ground.

It looks like the king of mares races Willie Mullins will fire at least 3 or 4 bullets at this but none of his team really worry me at this stage. Echoes in Rain has disappointed, Stormy Ireland just falls below G1 level and Burning Victory’s jumping will let her down.

I would be more worried about a British runner in Marie’s Rock who looks to have turned a corner this season and impressed with a good turn of foot on more than one occasion at Kempton and Warwick. She is a lively outsider and is probably the best each-way value in the race now, however, I am confident TELMESOMETHINGGIRL is the one they all have to beat.

TELMESOMETHINGGIRL to win the Mares Hurdle – 11/4 with Betfred.

 

Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Tip

Another tough handicap that has had big priced winners recently (80/1 winner in Jeff Kidder last year) and only 1 favourite (Band of Outlaws 7/2 2019) in the last 10 years.

The talking horse over the last month or so for a Cheltenham handicap has been GAELIC WARRIOR and he is the one I’m going to side with here. Ever since he was entered (not declared) in a race at Cheltenham on trials day and the English handicapper gave him a mark of 129, this has been the plan.

He is yet to run for the Ricci/Mullins connections and that is mainly down to what is thought of as a lenient handicap mark. He had his 3 runs in the spring/summer last year as a 3yo and although he hasn’t won, some of the form has stacked up.

Britzka and The Tide Turns have fair chances too and they would be the 2 I fear the most. Both trained by Gordon Elliott, they have both been campaigned with 1 eye on getting qualified and well handicapped for this race. To be honest I was surprised The Tide Turns only got given a 2lb rise from the British handicapper which makes him run off a rating of 137 which is fair. Whether he can give Gaelic Warrior 8lb though is another matter.

I believe his 129 rating will look silly come this race. The Mullins team think this horse is a graded animal and I’m convinced we are going to see this here. This could be the 1 and only time Gaelic Warrior runs in a handicap.

GAELIC WARRIOR to win the Boodles – 11/4 with Betfred.

 

National Hunt Chase Betting Tips

In the past few years the shape of this race has changed, it used to be a race of absolute attrition, one that only the hardiest of stayers would win and you needed a certain type to run in it, let alone win it.

This year’s field on paper looks to be one of the classiest lineups of the race. To mention a handful, Stattler, who based on his runs this season seems to have a turn of foot and stamina but could just lack the experience.

Threeunderthrufive who with the exception of his first run over fences has won and run to a very high quality albeit in small runner fields and last year’s Albert Bartlett winner Vanillier who although hasn’t really shone to the same heights over fences has the back class and festival form to perform to a high standard.

However, my pick RUN WILD FRED carries the similar sort of profile to last year’s winner Galvin. A highly tried, accurate jumper, second season novice. It took him 8 runs over fences to gain that first win, but the levels of his performances on ratings have gotten better with every run. Some solid performances in what is are some hot beginners chases last year and some very good handicaps. Last year’s main aim seemed to be the Irish National and he didn’t really disappoint in it either with a good second in the race and after that race, I reckon they pencilled this in for him.

This season his performances picked up from where he left off including a somewhat easy 7 ½ length victory in the Troy Town off 145 carrying 11st 6, where he pretty much made all and didn’t really put a foot wrong. With that win, he kind of ruled himself out of running in handicaps and he doesn’t really have the class or speed for a graded 3m race in which was shown at Christmas, losing out to his stablemate Fury Road (who is a big player in the Festival Novice Chase.)

Gigginstown aren’t particularly big fans of the race, with their last runner being Tiger Roll in 2017. But the noises and market moves show that him lining up in the race is very likely indeed. With the exception of the one bad mistake over Christmas, he jumps well You know he will have no problem staying, he has plenty of experience and in big runner fields too.

I think RUN WILD FRED will be extremely hard to beat when it comes to the nitty-gritty end and as shown he certainly isn’t one to shy away from a challenge.

Selection: Run Wild Fred (7/2 with bet365)

 

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2022 Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Preview

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 winning favourite when Epatante won the race for trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Barry Geraghty.

In 2021, 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.