Cheltenham Day 1 Tips: National Hunt Chase
The opening day of the Festival features a full seven races. Find all of our Cheltenham day 1 tips here to get full coverage of Champion Day.
2020 National Hunt Steeple Chase Tips
Carefully Selected has been all the rage in the betting since January and he’ll have no trouble seeing out this trip. Willie Mullins’ charge has, however, been very sketchy in the jumping department on all three of his starts and a mistake here would surely ruin his chances.
CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC has been much more convincing over his fences this season, winning well twice while also placing in a Grade One. The former Festival winner was my ante-post selection in this race last year before his withdrawal, and I identified Champagne Classic as my best long-term punt at the start of this season too.
I think Elliott’s mount has everything going for him in this race and Jamie Codd will be the perfect partner to help Champagne Classic claim his second Cheltenham Festival title.
The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
The National Hunt Chase is the second-oldest race in Cheltenham Festival history, having first been run way back in 1860. It’s also the longest race of the entire meeting, with a field of sturdy novice chasers prepared to tackle the gruelling, four mile trip.
Only the strongest first-season chaser will be good enough to see out the trip and claim a place in the history books, alongside former winners of the National Hunt like Native Emperor, Cause Of Causes and future Grand National winner, Tiger Roll.
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