Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Tips – The Best Outsiders In Every Race On Tuesday

A wonderful view of the final flight in the 2019 Champion Chase.

A wonderful view of the final flight in the 2019 Champion Chase.

2021 Cheltenham Festival Tips – Outsiders To Back On Day 1

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival gets under way with seven races starting with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at 1.20pm on Tuesday and we’ve tried to find you the best outsiders in every race on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival.

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Blue Lord 10/1 (Supreme Novices Hurdle, 1.20 Tuesday)

Just the eight runners for this Supreme Novice Hurdle but that means most traditional bookmakers will still pay three places so it could be worth chancing Willie Mullins’ second string to at least make the frame.

He’s run well behind two Cheltenham favourites in Bob Olinger and Appreciate It and was noted making good late ground behind the latter on his last start. Should still be improving after only three career runs and he’ll probably be ridden closer to the pace this time by Daryl Jacob.

Captain Guinness 8/1 (Arkle Chase, 1.55 Tuesday)

All eyes will be on the unbeaten Shishkin as he attempts to extend that run and he looks a good thing now chief danger Energumene is out.

But with six declared runners, we can still find a path to profit by at the very least finding a horse to chase him home and Captain Guinness could well be that horse.

He fell last time but was in the process of running a huge race behind Energumene, which suggests he has enough ability to be competitive at the highest level.

If second-favourite Allmankind makes a few mistakes and fades late on, Captain Guinness could well capitalise.

Admiral’s Secret 20/1 (Ultima Chase, 2.30 Tuesday) 

Lightly raced for one of his age, this ten-year-old has improved out of all recognition in the last couple of years and more than deserves his place in the line-up.

Steps up to this 3m1f trip for the first time but habitually shapes as if he is crying out for the extra distance, running on strongly over shorter distances.

Has yet to finish out of the first three under jockey Alan Johns and trainer Victor Dartnall is in good form with a winner and a second from his last couple of runners.

Silver Streak 14/1 (Champion Hurdle, 3.05 Tuesday)

Has finished third and sixth in the last two Champion Hurdles but appears even better this time around, beating one of the market leaders, Epatante, in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.

Trainer Evan Williams has made no secret of the fact that he’s learned more about the horse this season than any other and Silver Streak is a real top-notcher on decent ground, which he is likely to get on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival this season.

Has finished out of the first three just once in his last eight starts and it’s to be hoped that his consistency will again see him to the fore.

My Sister Sarah 50/1 (Mares Hurdle, 3.40 Tuesday)

The two mares at the top of the market, Concertista and Roksana, look a class apart at the top of the market so we are having to stretch ourselves to make a case for one of the bigger-priced horses.

Our pin, though, came down on My Sister Sarah, who represents Ireland’s champion trainer Willie Mullins. She’s been given wind surgery since finishing fourth behind Concertista in Ireland over Christmas and she was unlucky when being brought down at the last in the Martin Pipe Hurdle at last year’s Cheltenham Festival. 

She was staying on particularly strongly there and was just behind eventual winner Indefatigable as she tackled the last hurdle, which suggests she has a level of ability at least matching that runner.

Tinnahalla 33/1 (Boodles Juvenile Hurdle, 4.15 Thursday)

A difficult race to solve but we’ll take a chance on the Olly Murphy-trained Tinnahalla. Murphy is yet to break his Cheltenham Festival duck but he has had a few horses placed in recent years and his time will come at some point soon.

Tinahalla has already beaten several of the British hopes in this race this season and appeals as the type to keep improving.

Had decent Flat form so should have the speed to hold a decent position in a truly run race and could go well at a huge price under Sean Bowen.

Ofalltheginjoints 33/1 (National Hunt Chase, 4.50 Tuesday)

There is no way this horse would be 33/1 for this race if he hadn’t disappointed badly on his last start at Doncaster but it often pays to forgive one bad run.

Ofalltheginjoints had earlier looked seriously progressive and his trainer Colin Tizzard appears to just be turning the corner after a season of struggle.

This horse wears a tonguestrap for the first time, which should hopefully solve any potential breathing issues and  he might just outrun hi s long odds.