The best four days in the U.K racing calendar, the Cheltenham Festival, begins on Tuesday 16th March until Friday 19th March 2021. We will have Cheltenham Festival Tips for every one of the twenty-eight races, with full runner by runner previews as well as the best Cheltenham Free Bets being offered by the bookmakers.

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The day that every jumps racing fan has been waiting for all year – Day One of the Cheltenham Festival 2021! See all our Day One tips, races, accumulators for Tuesday’s action below.

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16:50 Sam Vestey National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices' Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Full Result
  1. Galvin silk
    3
    Galvin J: Jack Kennedy 7/2
  2. Next Destination silk
    8
    Next Destination J: Harry Cobden 3/1
  3. Escaria Ten silk
    2
    Escaria Ten J: A P Heskin 11/4F
    1. Snow Leopardess silk
      13
      Snow Leopardess J: Aidan Coleman 16/1
    2. Remastered silk
      10
      Remastered t J: Tom Scudamore 11/2
    3. The Mighty Don silk
      12
      The Mighty Don J: James Davies 40/1
    4. Lord Royal silk
      5
      Lord Royal t J: Paul Townend 10/1
    5. Eden Du Houx silk
      1
      Eden Du Houx J: David Noonan 200/1
    6. Lithic silk
      4
      Lithic v J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr 150/1
    7. Ofalltheginjoints silk
      9
      Ofalltheginjoints t J: Robbie Power 33/1
    8. Macgiloney silk
      6
      Macgiloney J: Sean Flanagan 100/1
    9. Nestor Park silk
      7
      Nestor Park p J: Luca Morgan 40/1
Winning Trainer: I R Ferguson
Distances: 1 1/2, 1 1/2, 14
Runners: 12 | Non Runners: 1

13:20

ITV

Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

13:55

ITV

Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

14:30

ITV

Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

15:05

ITV

Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

15:40

ITV

Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle) (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

16:15

ITV

Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Registered As The Fred Winter) (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

16:50

RTV

National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys' Novices' Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Cheltenham Festival Tips Day One

The roar as the tapes go up for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is one of the must feel moments in sport. A race won four times in the last seven years by Willie Mullins, Asterion Forlonge would look to be his best chance at this stage. Mullins has also been responsible for four of the last five winners of the Arkle, he and Nicky Henderson taking seven of the last eight runnings between them.

The Champion Hurdle has been another happy hunting ground for Henderson, a leading seven wins in the race. Epatante is the current favourite in the race for that yard despite her flopping at the meeting last year. Mullins has won nine of the twelve renewals of the Mares’ Hurdle, Benie Des Dieux would likely have made that ten in 2019 but for a last flight fall, she’s a warm order to make amends this year.

The other three chases on the card feature the notoriously difficult Ultima Handicap and the Close Brothers. First-time headgear is an interesting angle into the latter where Champion Jockey elect, Brian Hughes, has ridden two of the last four winners of the race. The amateurs close out the card in the National Hunt Chase where Jonjo O’Neill is the winning most trainer but Gordon Elliott has been responsible for three of the last six winners.

Our Tuesday Cheltenham tips will cover all these races in fantastic detail, so make sure to check out this page regularly for our latest predictions.

Cheltenham Day One Schedule

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
Arkle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)
Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)
Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase (Listed)
National Hunt Chase (Grade 2)

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Cheltenham Festival Tips Day One FAQs

When does the first day begin?

The first day begins Tuesday, 16th March 2021 at 13:30.

What is the first race?

The curtain-raiser of the Festival is the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the beginning of this two-mile Grade 1 contest always draws a huge cheer from the crowd – known as the “Cheltenham roar”.

What is the main race for Cheltenham Day One?

The feature race on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Hurdle, the first of five ‘Championship’ races during the week.

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