Welcome to our Cheltenham Day One Tips for 2017

Here you’ll find an overview of all our horse racing tips for Cheltenham’s day one, followed by a bit more information about each race including a short preview. There’s a section with some betting tips and general tips if you’re going to the first day of Cheltenham Festival. Enjoy!

We’ll look through our Cheltenham tips every day and pick out the one we think is strongest – our “NAP”. Today’s Cheltenham NAP is:

Tips

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Cheltenham Day One Lucky 15

We’ve picked out our four best value Cheltenham tips to make this huge Lucky 15 for the first day of the Festival! All prices were taken on Monday afternoon and we think every tip has a huge chance of winning.

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Supreme Novices Hurdle - 1.30pm

Last year’s winner: Altior 4/1
Distance: 2m 87y

2017 Preview:  It’s extremely difficult to win a Supreme having had just one career run but punters seem to very confident with Willie Mullins’ Melon. While he won impressive on hurdling debut but does have the odds stacked against him if history is any indicator. Ballyandy will be looking to enhance his stock back in Grade 1 company and River Wylde took home a good prize last time out and arrives in form. However, Bunk Off Early had no shame in being outstayed by Bacardys on his latest start in Grade 1 company and looks the all around package for the race.

Bunk Off Early was tipped at 8/1 antepost for our followers and was a best price of 13/2 the day before the Festival.

Read our full Supreme Novices Hurdle tips and preview here.

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Arkle Chase - 2.10pm

Last year’s winner: Douvan 1/4f
Distance: 1m 7f 199y

2017 Preview: Much like Douvan last season, if Altior jumps every fence well he looks almost impossible to stop and was an easy choice for our tip. He crushed the field on his latest start at Newbury and looks a formidable opponent with a promising career ahead of him. Of the rest, Yorkhill would look his main challenger, but looks likely to run in the JLT Novices’ Chase instead. Instead, the main challengers look set to be the front running Charbel and Willie Mullins’ Royal Caviar, who was travelling well in the Leopardstown Arkle Novice Chase before falling on his last start.

Altior was tipped antepost for our followers at 1/3.

Read our full Arkle Chase tips and preview here.

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Festival Handicap Chase - 2.50pm

Last year’s winner: Un Temps Pour Tout 11/1
Distance: 3m 1f

2017 Preview: This race is a hugely competitive affair as usual, with Noble Endeavour and Singlefarmpayment heading the early betting at a 9/1. Both have previously run well at Cheltenham and come here in good form, although the latter was brought down before making his move on his last start. Last year’s second Holywell attempts to go one better this year off a 7lb lower mark but needs to bounce back to form having had a torrid season so far. Others to note include our Cheltenham tip The Druids Nephew, O O Seven and The Young Master in a wide open race.

Our tip: The Druids Nephew at 10/1 Each Way

Read our full Festival Handicap Chase tips and preview here.

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Champion Hurdle - 3.30pm

Last year’s winner: Annie Power 5/2f
Distance: 2m 87y

2017 Preview: There is no Mullins “good thing” this year following set backs for 2015 winner Faugheen and 2016 winner Annie Power, making this one of the most competitive Champion Hurdles in recent memory. Our Cheltenham tip is favourite Yanworth ticks all the boxes and has been running brilliantly this year, with three wins from three including the Kempton Christmas Hurdle. Last year’s Supreme Novices Hurdle third place finisher Buveur D’Air has been rerouted to this race and is very much an unknown quality, while Petit Mouchoir has won two Leopardstown Grade 1s impressively this season and appears to be progressing well.

Yanworth was tipped at 5/1 antepost for our followers and was a best price of 11/4 on Monday.

Read our full Champion Hurdle tips and preview here.

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OLBG Mares Hurdle - 4.10pm

Last year’s winner: Vroum Vroum Mag 4/6f
Distance: 2m 3f 200y

2017 Preview: A difficult race for antepost bettors this year so far, but Limini’s only Cheltenham Festival entry is now this event and she holds clear favouritism. The second favourite, Vroum Vroum Mag, is also trained by Willie Mullins (and owned by Rich Ricci), is a surprise entry with the trainer’s two fit star mares contesting this race. Apple’s Jade will need to reverse form with Limini to win here, while Jer’s Girl has been poor on her last two runs but would be competitive if bouncing back to the form she showed last year.

Apple’s Jade was tipped at 3/1 antepost for our followers and was available at 4/1 on Monday.

Read our full Mares Hurdle tips and preview here.

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National Hunt Chase - 4.50pm

Last year’s winner: Minella Rocco 8/1
Distance: 3m 7f 170y

2017 Preview: A Genie In Abottle is the 5/1 market leader for Noel Meade, having progressed well this year with admirable showings against classy sorts but he has to prove his stamina. The same applies to nearly all of the other runners, including second favourite Edwulf, who on official ratings is 7lb clear of the rest of the field following an impressive win over 2m 4f at Naas last month. Harry Fry’s American is a lightly raced seven-year-old who took a Listed contest at Warwick in eye catching style last time out, and while Dancing Shadow is the only horse to have run (and won) over further than 3m 6f so far, he has up to 20lb to find with other competitors on official ratings.

Read our full National Hunt Chase tips and preview here.

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Novices Handicap Chase - 5.30pm

Last year’s winner: Ballyalton 12/1
Distance: 2m 4f 78y

2017 Preview: Only one favourite has won this race in the last 10 years (at odds of 13/2) and as expected, this is another extremely competitive renewal. Foxtail Hill heads the early betting for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies having won a Grade 3 Handicap over Course & Distance in January, but with a 7lb rise he will need to continue to progress. Poker School has been the winner of lesser events in eye catching style for Ian Williams and has more in the tank than he has shown so far. Leading the Irish charge is Squouateur for Gordon Elliott, who could be well handicapped off a chase mark 8lb less than his hurdling mark of 141.

Read our full Novices Handicap Chase tips and preview here.

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Cheltenham Day One Tips 2017

Cheltenham Festival Day 1 is probably our favourite day – we get the 2017 Cheltenham Festival underway with the legendary Cheltenham Roar! There’s a great mixture of races, from probably the best hurdle race in the land (the Champion Hurdle) to the finishing race, a competitive handicap chase for Novices.

Some tips to bear in mind when betting on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival:

  1. Take advantage of every offer you can to maximise your profit from our Cheltenham tips! The bookmakers are all competing for your attention on Cheltenham Day 1, so set aside a few minutes before racing starts to open any accounts you haven’t already got. You can get some ridiculous price boosts and easy free bets so your Festival could be paid on Day 1!
  2. Don’t overspend! The Cheltenham Festival is a marathon not a sprint, and Day 1 is certainly not a day to chase losses. If you have a losing day, it doesn’t matter – there’s 3 more days to win it back. Stick to sensible stakes, don’t get carry away, and most importantly enjoy it!
  3. Look for some big price winners. In 2014, there was a 33/1 winner of the Arkle Chase and plenty more big price players. Especially in the handicaps, there’s always the chance of a horse bouncing back to top form or finding something extra on the big day!

If you’re planning on visiting Cheltenham Festival on Day 1, here are our top four tips to have a great time!

  1. Get there early! It might sound obvious, but especially on the first day it’s very easy to end up running late. Everything takes longer than you expect, taxis are a nightmare, and it’s a decent walk from the town centre!
  2. Buy a racecard when you go in. The racecards have loads of information on runners, odds, trends and more. You don’t want to be that person who has to keep borrowing a racecard to see what silks your chosen punt (or four) is wearing!
  3. Make sure to try out betting with the on course bookmakers. It’s all too easy to get all your bets on in the morning to avoid the queues but there’s nothing quite like the excitement of looking a bookie in the eye as you collect your wad of cash!
  4. If you’re driving, we’d advise parking a little further away and walking the extra distance. It may seem a pain at the time (especially if it’s raining), but getting out any of the car parks right next to the course is an absolute nightmare! Trust us, you’ll be appreciating this tip as you get home 2 hours earlier than everyone else and watching the highlights in bed!
  5. And of course, follow our Cheltenham tips and read all our Cheltenham reviews!

RECAP: Cheltenham Tips - Festival Day 1 (2016)

Day 1 of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival saw the highly anticipated British debut of short priced favourite Min in the Festival opener, the Supreme Novices Hurdle. The 15/8 favourite looked to be travelling much the best as they turned for home but lurking in the shadows was Altior, who took the lead just after they went for home and turned on the afterburners up the hill. He crushed Min by seven lengths and wasn’t the start most punters or Willie Mullins had planned. However that was certain to change in the next race as the runners lined up for the Arkle Chase, where it was a pure certainty that if Douvan jumped every fence, he won. That of course was the case as he sauntered round, jumping brilliantly and eased clear up the home straight to kick off the Festival for Mullins and Ricci. Next up was the very competitive Ultima Handicap Chase, with it being 13/2 the field and turning for home it looked as though Holywell was going to gain another Festival success for Jonjo O’Neill. That dream however was scuppered by Un Temps Pour Tout, who headed him approaching the last and cruised clear on the run in to take the spoils for David Pipe and Tom Scudamore.

Onto the big one as Willie Mullins looked to win the Champion Hurdle once again, though it would have to be done this year by Annie Power with Faugheen injured earlier in the season. A lot of pressure was put on the shoulders of the mare, who duly delivered to win by four and a half lengths from a gallant My Tent Or Yours, who was returning from nearly two years off the track. The day would even get merrier for the Mullins/Ricci combination as Vroum Vroum Mag took home glory in the David Nicholson, with the 66/1 outsider Rock On The Moor snatching a very nice place for each way backers. The National Hunt Chase would give Jonjo O’Neill his first winner of the Festival as Minella Rocco took victory, despite getting reminders a long way from home, beating no less than Native River into second. Onto the finale and a nightmare for punters with such a competitive field; favourite Aloomomo was bitterly disappointing and the finish was fought out by Ballyalton and Bouvreuil, with the former getting the better of the argument for Ian Williams and Brian Hughes.

RECAP: Cheltenham Tips - Festival Day 1 (2015)

Day One of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival saw the many Willie Mullins fans back the short priced options in Yankees, Lucky 15’s and accumulators and all looked pretty rosy after Douvan took the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle by an easy four and a half lengths at odds of 2/1, shortly followed by a six length Arkle win by Un De Sceaux at 4/6, and a length and a half win for Faugheen in the Champion Hurdle at odds of 4/5 .It was about this time that the bookmakers went in to melt down as they realised their liabilities on Annie Power in the Mares’ hurdle. Smaller punters had put them all together leaving payouts in the millions but before that, some sizeable on course bets had already been landed to the bookmakers horror.

Close to £50,000 was officially recorded at the track on Douvan including one of £20,000 to win at 15/8 which left them out of pocket, though they did keep a £10,000 bet on Jollyallan at 9/1 and £13,000 on L’Ami Serge at 7/2, so no need to be too sympathetic! Naturally, we can only guess if they were or weren’t the same punters, but some decent bets were also struck on the odds on Un De Sceaux, including two of £11,000 to win £8,000 and one of £6000 to win £4000 and we can only imagine them scurrying around trying desperately to lay off their liabilities. By the time Faugheen took the Champion Hurdle the white flags were out (some wanted to go home), as the bigger punters went for the kill. Bets of £120,000 and £30,000 to win went in the ledgers as well as a host of other bets in the thousands, and when he went past the post in front, we almost felt sorry for them (but not quite).

They did recoup a little with 9/1 shot The Druids Nephew in the 2.40pm – one of our 2017 Cheltenham tips – but must have been holding their breath when Annie Power went to post in the 4.00pm after another barrage of massive bets on her at odds of 1/2 by off time. Bets of £52,500 to win as well as £14,000, £7,000 three times and others looked likely to see a bloodbath as she went clear only to fall at the last and ruin numerous smaller bets as well as those of the big hitters and saving the bookmakers literally millions of pounds in pay outs. With the last two events of less interest to some, they made a little back when Cause Of Causes took the National Hunt Chase at 8/1 and Irish Cavalier took the last at 11/1, but overall they had a very bad day and we were interested to see how they would bet on the Wednesday – increase their margins or hope to get the favourites beaten?

How Do We Pick Our Cheltenham Tips?

Our Cheltenham tips are picked by our experts following hours of deliberation, consideration and research. We have a small but dedicated team who pour over racecards, results and replays to try and pick the best tips for Cheltenham.

Here are some of the tricks they use:

  • The hill is key to our Cheltenham tips. Many novices who win here over two miles and four furlongs later end up running in the Champion Hurdle if they have enough speed, as horses who are best over exactly two miles are undone by the surprisingly steep incline. If you do visit Cheltenham, try and go as far down the hill as you can and look back up – you’ll realise it’s a lot steeper than it looks on TV!
  • Our Cheltenham tips for day one often tend to be shorter prices, as there are more small field races – especially in recent years, the first day has been easy pickings with the strongest horses in the market winning. More competitive races later in the Festival tend to mean bigger prices for our Cheltenham Day 3 tips and Cheltenham Day 4 tips.
  • Don’t take form at face value. For our Cheltenham tips, our tipsters will try and follow all the key form lines. If a horse has beaten another horse comfortably, which was only narrowly behind one of the favourites for a Festival race, then there may be far better value to be had even if he had a bad run last time out or so on.
  • Don’t be afraid to back older, more exposed horses. Punters often side with younger horses with less runs because of their potential and while there is often plenty of merit in that approach, our Cheltenham tips will sometimes include older horses who have the benefit of experience. In the bigger field races, this can be key, as older horses can find their way out of trouble – the “been there, done that” approach!
  • One of our favourite Cheltenham tips is to back a big price if you think that a short price favourite has question marks in its form and may not win. This not only gives you the chance to win big if it wins, but also means you can back it Each Way and make good profit if it places second, third or even fourth in some races.
  • On a similar but different note, our Cheltenham tips will often be tipped Each Way if they are priced at 8/1 or bigger. This is because the Each Way part of the bet would return a nice profit if the horse runs a big race but can only finish in second or third. Especially with the horses we tip at 20/1 or 33/1, the payouts can be very profitable!

One thing not to forget about our Cheltenham tips is that they run over all four days! Make sure to spread your betting bank so you have plenty left on the final two days in the case of a bad opening. More importantly, always only bet what you can afford to lose on our Cheltenham tips.