Cheltenham Tips Day 1 – Tuesday 16th March 2021

Our Cheltenham Festival 2020 coverage gets underway with the day 1 races on Tuesday 16th March 2021. Below you will see all our Cheltenham day 1 tips for every race including the day 1 feature, the Champion Hurdle.


Cheltenham Tips – Tuesday 16th March 2021

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Cheltenham Day 1 Race Card

  • 1.30pm – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
  • 2.10pm – Arkle Challenge Trophy
  • 2.50pm – Ultima Handicap Chase
  • 3.30pm – Champion Hurdle
  • 4.10pm – Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle
  • 4.50pm – The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
  • 5.30pm – National Hunt Chase

As we get closer to the 2021 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.


2021 Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Tips

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 202, 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.


Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle

The first race of the Cheltenham Festival and traditional curtain raiser is the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Get a winner here and our Cheltenham Festival day 1 tips are off to a flyer! Here we see the best young hurdles over 2 miles. The race is always dominated by a fierce betting heat in the build-up as people try and get the best value for their bets. Shishkin took the race last year in a great battle with Abacadabras and the two are expected to meet in the 2021 Champion Hurdle.

The pace is always a fierce one and it is one of the most thrilling races on the whole Cheltenham Festival card. Will it be advantageous bookies or punters after race 1?


Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy

This race normally throws up a superstar with the likes of Sprinter Sacre, Un de Sceaux, Douvan and Altior winning in recent years. There is no obvious superstar in the line-up this year as of yet. This race pits together the best 2m novice chasers and the gallop is always fast and furious. It is one of the better races for betting on favourites during Cheltenham week.


Ultima Handicap Chase

The first handicap of 2021 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.


Unibet Champion Hurdle

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, to the delight of punters who backed the strong 4/6 favourite. The hill is normally where the race changes as horses who come off the pace come into their own.


Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle

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.

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. Apple’s Jade was a beaten 1/2 favourite in 2019 and Benie Des Dieux was turned over at 4/6 in 2020.


Novices Handicap Chase

The penultimate race on Cheltenham Festival day 1 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.


National Hunt Steeplechase

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.