Cheltenham Festival day 1 preview
Cheltenham Festival Day 1: Seven big races kickoff Cheltenham Festival
Day one of the Cheltenham Festival will feature seven great races. The race day will feature the Champion Hurdle, which is the main race on the first day. It draws interest from all over the world. The Supreme Novices' Hurdle and Arkle Challenge Trophy will also be run on day 1, and the results will be of interest to many around the globe.
The first race of the day, and Cheltenham Festival overall, will be the Supreme Novices' Hurdles. The race will run at 1:30 p.m. and it will be followed by six other races every 40 minutes. The first day of Cheltenham always sets the tone for the event. Last year saw several upsets over the weekend. The 2018 edition of the event could see several underdogs come through to win races when things start on Tuesday 13 March.
The Supreme Novices' Hurdles
The Supreme Novices' Hurdles race is always one of the most popular of the entire festival. Not only does it kickoff the Cheltenham Festival, but it has been the starting point for several horses competing in other events this year. Famed Irish horse trainer WIllie Mullins has tallied three wins from the last five years. Bettors can find the best odds on Mullins' horses and all the Supreme Novices' participants at williamhill.
Arkle Challenge Trophy
The Arkle Challenge Trophy is another of the top races on day 1. In recent years, the race has seen several favourites unable to fulfil their favourite tag. Current odds have Footpad listed at 1/1 via William Hill and other fine betting websites.
Festival Handicap Chase
The Festival Handicap is always a difficult race to predict. Punters can expect an unfancied horse to finish in the top three. Bettors may want to take a punt on a longshot, because it may just come in. Gold Present currently leads the way in odds, yet it is hard to say whether he will come in first. Gold Present is 10/1 via William Hill.
Day 1's fourth race is the Champion Hurdle. This two-mile race always creates excitement with the spectators. It is said that many runners come out strong only to run out of energy down the final stretch. Buveur Dair is the strong favourite ahead of the festival. The horse is 4/9 to win the race on day 1.
David Nicolson Mares Hurdle
Irish trained horses have dominated the Mares Hurdle in recent years. Last year's winner Apple's Jade is back for a second time around. The horse is the odds on favourite at 8/13. Mullins' Vroum Vroum Mag will also compete. The horse is at odds of 7/1.
National Hunt Chase
Run over four miles, the National Hunt Chase is a race that needs strong horses built for the long haul. The Class B race features jockeys who are amateurs. A win could make a professional career.
Novices Handicap Chase
Only two favourites have won this race since it was introduced. The prize pool is over £60,000 for this two-mile race. The top horses aren't separated by long odds. Punters shouldn't stray too far from horses at the top of the betting odds.