CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 1 TIPS

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 1 TIPS

TimeRaceOur TipPlace Bet
1.20 Supreme Novices'Hurdle Bet now
1.55 Arkle Chase Bet now
2.30 Ultima Handicap Chase Bet now
3.05 Champion Hurdle Bet now
3.40 Mares Hurdle Bet now
-:-- Boodles Juvenile Hurdle Bet now
-:-- National Hunt Chase Bet now
Time Race Tip Place Bet
13:30
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
Constitution Hill Place Bet
14:10
Arkle Chase
Blue Lord Place Bet
14:50
Ultima Handicap Chase
Fantastikas Place Bet
15:30
Champion Hurdle
Adagio Place Bet
16:10
 Mares’ Hurdle
Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Burning Victory Place Bet
16:50
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Brazil Place Bet
17:30
National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices’ Chase
Stattler Place Bet

Looking for the Cheltenham Festival day 1 results? Visit our race by race results page here.

Cheltenham Day One Tips for 2022 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, 15th March 2023. 

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

Time Race Distance Type
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

Cheltenham Festival 2023 Tuesday 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 and Buveur d’Air.

Check out our Champion Hurdle tips for the 2023 edition, as our top tipsters make their recommendations as to who may be the next one grabbing the glory.


2021 Champion Hurdle Review – Honeysuckle Makes History

As for last year’s renewal of the Champion Hurdle, there was a historic moment delivered on the opening day.

Jockey Rachael Blackmore became the first female jockey to ride a winner home in the race. She was on the back of the 11/10 favourite Honeysuckle for trainer Henry de Bromhead.

The pivotal moment was when Honeysuckle cleared the second from home smoothly, and she just went up the gears from there to take a win by six and a half lengths from 11/1 shot Sharjah while Epatante was brought home in third place.


2023 Champion Hurdle Prize Money

The 2021 Prize money stood at £337,500, and the winnings for Honeysuckle was £189,911. The purse for the 2023 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 two active riders who have claimed the Champion Hurdle top prize in the last 20 editions. One of those was last year’s winner Rachael Blackmore, and the other was 2019 winner Mark Walsh on Espoir d’Allen.


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 five 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, which for Champion Hurdle betting 2023 highlights the presence and threat from the entries of Henderson and Mullins.


2023 Champion Hurdle Preview

There is a clear front-runner in the 2023 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle ante-post betting market. Defending champion Honeysuckle is fully expected to take her place in the starting lineup in an attempt to defend her crown.

The mare was an 11/10F last year, and for this renewal has been trading at odds-on. After her Cheltenham Festival success in 2021, Honeysuckle went on to add the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) and the Hatton’s Grace (Grade 1) to her ever-growing list of top-level successes.

Sharjah and Epatante, who filled out the top three places in last year’s Champion Hurdle betting, are expected to make a return to the fixture as well. 

Will either of them be able to get closer to their favourite? Sharjah has kicked on well in the sphere this season, already landing a couple of Grade 1’s, and Epatante made a massive statement by winning the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day. 

Then there is the threat of Appreciate It, who could also cause Honeysuckle some headaches. The Willie Mullins-trained Appreciate It made his presence felt at last year’s Cheltenham Festival by smashing the Supreme Novices’ field by 24 lengths.

It’s gearing up to be another hotly anticipated Champion Hurdle betting landscape as Honeysuckle looks to emulate Buveur D’Air’s fantastic double at the 2017 and 2018 renewals.


The Other Races on Day 1 Of The Cheltenham Festival 

The 2023 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.

Last year’s winner of the Supreme Novices’ was Appreciate It, who didn’t just beat the field – he obliterated it. The Willie Mullins-trained 7-year-old won by a massive 24 lengths as the 8/11 odds-on favourite, and he will likely be seen in the Champion Hurdle on Day One of Cheltenham this year.

Supreme Novices tips for 2023 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 2023 renewal looks deep, with Constitution Hill, Dysart Dynamo and Jonbon among some key early entries for the contest. 


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.

Shishkin put in a winning run in last year’s event, having kicked on superbly after landing the Supreme Novices’ the previous year. 

One of the strong favourites to follow suit this year was Ferny Hollow, but it was announced he will miss the rest of the season due to injury. 

With the absence of Ferny Hollow, this year’s renewal now looks like a wide-open contest with Blue Lord and Edwardstone heading the betting, both of whom will bring their touches of class to this top tier race.


The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase

The Ultima is a Grade 3 handicap chase at a distance of 3m 1ft which a big outsider won last year. That was Vintage Clouds, who landed the score from a massive 28/1 SP in the contest, defying the odds impressively.

Seen as a feeder to the Aintree Grand National, the Ultima is always full of intrigue as the runners grind it out over 20 fences.

This year’s potential vital players to look for in Cheltenham betting are Shan Blue, Aye Right, and Does He Know. The latter has already had a taste of success at Cheltenham, winning a novices’ chase there last year.


The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race 

After the running of the 2023 Champion Hurdle, the next race up will be the Mares’ Hurdle – a Grade 3 contest over a distance of 2m 4f thereabouts. 

This is a relatively newer feature at the Cheltenham Festival, but its profile was immediately raised thanks to Quevega, who won it for six straight years. It stands as one of the most incredible Cheltenham Festival winning streaks ever.

2020 Mares’ Hurdle winner Honeysuckle went on to win last year’s Champion Hurdle, and Black Tears got her nose in front for trainer Denise Foster at last year’s renewal.

A couple of big players could be lining up for this year’s Mares’ Hurdle – Telmesomethinggirl and Stormy Ireland. They could produce a thrilling battle if they go head-to-head, with the former shading things at the front of the ante-post market.


The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race 

Jeff Kidder won this Juvenile contest last year at the Cheltenham Festival. The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is a Grade 3 race on Day One, and punters more commonly refer to it as the Fred Winter Hurdle.

This is a 2m 1/2f trip thereabout for 4-year-old novice hurdlers only. Last year the race got moved to the opening day from its usual Wednesday slot for the first time. 

Gaelic Warrior could be the key player in the 2023 renewal, with other potential challengers heading to the start being Saint Segal and Champion Green.


The National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices’ Steeple Chase 

Day One of Cheltenham 2023 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, and Galvin won last year’s renewal.

There are a couple of solid fancies when heading up the ante-post market for the National Hunt Chase this year. 

Run Wild Fred has been shaping up well this season, with Stattler in the hunt for a potentially strong run. Threeudnerthrufive and Fury Road could add further interest into what is likely going to be a deep field.


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 2023. There are three other fantastic days of racing lined up. 

Here are the feature races of each of the other days:

Tuesday’s Results

TIME RACE OUR TIPS
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