CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 1 TIPS
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 1 TIPS
|Time||Race||Our Tip||Place Bet|
|-:--||National Hunt Chase Tips||
|-:--||Boodles Juvenile Handicap Tips|
|-:--||Unibet Champion Hurdle Tips|
|-:--||Ultima Handicap Chase Tips|
|-:--||Arkle Chase Tips|
|-:--||2024 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips|
|-:--||Mares Hurdle Tips|
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
Ultima Handicap Chase
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices’ Chase
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Cheltenham Day One Tips for 2024 includes the big Unibet Champion Hurdle (Grade 1). That is just one of the many highlights of the day’s racing to come from Britain’s biggest and best National Hunt Racing Festival.
In this racing guide, we will take a look at some Cheltenham Festival Day One tips for not only the Champion Hurdle but also for all the races on the opening day.
The famous Cheltenham roar will be going up when the runners are sent off in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at 1.30 pm on Tuesday, 13th March 2024.
You can follow all the latest insights, tips and Cheltenham betting offers for each day of the Festival here with our horse racing experts.
Cheltenham Day 1 Races Schedule
|1.30 pm||Supreme Novices’ Hurdle||2m 1/2f||Hurdle|
|2.10 pm||Arkle Challenge Trophy||2m||Chase|
|2.50 pm||Ultima Handicap Chase||3m 1f||Chase|
|3.30 pm||Champion Hurdle||2m 1/2f||Hurdle|
|4.10 pm||Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle||2m 4f||Hurdle|
|4.50 pm||Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle||2m 4 1/2f||Chase|
|5.30 pm||NH Challenge Cup Novices’ Chase||3m 6f||Chase|
2024 Cheltenham Day 1 Tips – Tuesday’s Feature Race
The headline act for Cheltenham Day One is the Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, which is the fourth race on Tuesday’s racecard. Visit our dedicated racecards page for all the runners and riders of every race. The top Grade 1 fixture is the pinnacle of the sport for 2m hurdlers.
3:30pm – The Champion Hurdle
The Champion Hurdle is a Grade 1 race at 2m and 1/2f (about), and there is no more significant hurdle race in the National Hunt season than this one.
There are eight hurdles in play for the Champion Hurdle, and the race forms part of the Triple Crown of Hurdling. It’s the final leg of that challenge, following on from the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle and the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.
The Champion Hurdle has boasted some famous names heading into the winner’s circle throughout its history, like Istabraq, Persian War, Hurricane Fly, Buveur d’Air and most recently, Constitution Hill.
Check out our Champion Hurdle tips for the 2024 edition, as our top tipsters make their recommendations as to who may be the next one grabbing the glory.
2024 Champion Hurdle Prize Money
The 2023 Prize money stood at £337,500, and the winnings for Honeysuckle was £189,911. The purse for the 2024 Champion Hurdle renewal will not be known until closer to the start of the Festival’s opening day.
Champion Hurdle Jockey Overview
Interestingly for Champion Hurdle betting tips, the jockey factor isn’t quite as significant as one would expect it to be. Since the turn of the century, Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and Noel Fehily were the dominant riders.
Those three have all retired, leaving just three active riders who have claimed the Champion Hurdle top prize in the last 20 editions. Mark Walsh won the race in 2019 on board Espoir D’Allen, Rachael Blackmore won the race in 2021 and 2022 on board Honeysuckle, and the other was Nico de Boinville, who was on board last year’s impressive winner Consitution Hill.
Champion Hurdle Trainer Overview
The winning Champion Hurdle trainer offers a little more coverage for racing trends. The dominant two have been Nicky Henderson and Willie Mullins in the last 20 renewals of the Cheltenham Festival feature race.
Henderson has seen six of his charges come home, with Mullins having had four winners in the big Grade 1 contest. No other trainer in that span has produced more than one winner other than Henry De Bromhead (Honeysuckle 2021,2022), which for Champion Hurdle betting 2024 highlights the presence and threat from the entries of Henderson and Mullins.
The Other Races on Day 1 Of The Cheltenham Festival
The 2024 Champion Hurdle is just one of seven races that make up a tremendous racecard on Day One of the Cheltenham Festival. The feature race is one of four Grade 1 fixtures to come on Tuesday.
As we move closer to the Festival’s opening day, our Cheltenham racing tips will be available for all races across the four days.
For now, we take a preview of the rest of Cheltenham Day One races:
The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race
The Grade 1 Supreme Novices’ is the curtain-raiser to the Festival and one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures on the National Hunt calendar. The Supreme Novices is a 2m 1/2f hurdles challenge that has seen Irish trainers win three of the last five renewals.
Supreme Novices tips for 2024 will be looking deeper into the field, as again the race features some top novices who could be back in the future for bigger Cheltenham Festival affairs.
The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
The Arkle is also a Grade 1 fixture for the Cheltenham Festival Day One over a distance of about 2m. This is a contest for the novice chasers, and it is the top fixture of its kind over the distance in the National Hunt season. Last year saw Willie Mullins’ El Fabiolo run out a dominant winner over Nicky Henderson’s Jonbon.
The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
The Ultima is a Grade 3 handicap chase at a distance of 3m 1ft. Corach Rambler became just the second horse this century to win back to back renewals, having won the 2022 renewal and following up in a thrilling renewal in 2023.
The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race
After the running of the 2024 Champion Hurdle, the next race up will be the Mares’ Hurdle – a Grade 3 contest over a distance of 2m 4f or thereabouts.
This is a relatively new event at the Cheltenham Festival but its profile was immediately raised thanks to Quevega who won it for a record six straight years. It stands as one of the most incredible Cheltenham Festival winning streaks ever. 2023 saw Henry De Bromhead’s wondermare Honeysuckle win the race for a second time, having previously won the race back in 2020.
The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Jazzy Matty won a thrilling renewal of the race last year, that saw the first three home seperated by just a quarter of a length. It leaves Band Of Outlaws (2019) as the only winning favourite in this race in the past twelve seasons. 2021 winner Jeff Kidder returned at 80-1 in a race which has consistently produced shock results.
The National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices’ Steeple Chase
Day One of Cheltenham 2024 draws to a close with the Grade 2 National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices’ Chase, run over a gruelling 3m 6f trip. The runners face 23 fences on a massive stamina test. Gaillard Du Mesnil became the first favourite to win the race in the last 10 years when staying on strongly to win last year’s renewal.
We Got You Covered For Each Day of The Cheltenham Festival
Day One, which is Champions Day, is just the opening act of the Cheltenham Festival 2024. There are three other fantastic days of racing lined up.
Here are the feature races of each of the other days:
- Cheltenham Festival Day 2 – It’s Ladies Day featuring the Queen Mother Champion Chase
- Cheltenham Festival Day 3 – Thursday is St Patrick’s Day featuring the Ryanair and Stayers’ Hurdle
- Cheltenham Festival Day 4 – It’s the big one – Cheltenham Gold Cup Day
|13:30||Supreme Novices||See Result|
|14:10||The Arkle||See Result|
|14:50||Ultima Handicap Chase||See Result|
|15:30||Champion Hurdle||See Result|
|16:10||Mares’ Hurdle||See Result|
|16:50||Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle||See Result|
|17:30||National Hunt Chase||See Result|