Cheltenham Festival Day One - Race Previews and Odds

The Champion Hurdle is the highlight on day one

by Abi Moses on Monday 13th March, 2017


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Racegoers in their thousands will flock to the Gloucestershire countryside this week as the 2017 Cheltenham Festival gets underway. 
 
The highlight of day one is the Champion Hurdle, whilst the Arkle Trophy and Supreme Novices' Hurdle will also provide huge entertainment to both bettors and racing purists alike. 
 
Here at Bet Free Bets we will provide a preview of each day's races and make sure you have all the ammunition to make this festival a profitable one for you. Below is a list of all of Tuesday's races and odds provided by Bet365. 
 

1:30 – Supreme Novices' Hurdle 

The festival curtain raiser is always a popular race with punters looking to start their week on the front foot. Altior, trained by Nicky Henderson won last year to end Willie Mullins' dominance in the race. Mullins had won three in a row between 2013 and 2015. Mullins could make it four from five with four entrants in the race, including bookies' favourite, Melon. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Melon - 11/4 
Ballyandy - 7/2 
Bunk Off Early - 11/2 
River Wylde - 13/2 
Crack Mome - 9/1 
High Bridge - 16/1 
Beyond Conceit - 20/1 
Cilaos Emery - 20/1 
Elgin - 25/1 
 

2:10 – Arkle Challenge Trophy 

2016 Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner, Altior is likely to go off at a very short price in the Arkle. Although four of the last five winners went off odds-on, it is worth remembering the shock win in 2014 by 33/1 shot Western Warhorse. 2014 proved that there is no such thing as a 'banker' during the festival. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Altior - 1/4 
Charbel - 9/1 
Royal Caviar - 14/1 
Cloudy Dream - 16/1 
Some Plan - 20/1 
Forest Bihan - 20/1 
A Hare Breath - 40/1 
Ordinary World - 40/1 
Three Stars - 66/1 
 

2:50 – Festival Handicap Chase 

Arguably the toughest race to call of the entire week. Each of the last four winners have been double fugured in the betting, with 2015 winner The Druids Nephew expected to go well off a fair mark, as is 2014 winner Holywell. All of last year's top three will again be amongst the 24-strong field. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Singlefarmpayment - 15/2 
Noble Endeavour - 15/2 
Holywell - 10/1 
Henri Parry Morgan - 10/1 
The Druids Nephew - 10/1 
Ibis Du Rheu - 10/1 
Un Temps Pour Tout - 12/1 
Label Des Obeaux - 14/1 
Pilgrims Bay - 16/1 
 

3:30 – Champion Hurdle 

The Champions Hurdle is undoubtedly the highlight of day one, however the withdrawals of Faugheen and Annie Power has blown the race wide open. The Alan King-trained Yanworth is likely to go off as favourite, despite regular jockey, Barry Geraghty missing through injury. JP McManus' gelding can add the Champion Hurdle crown to previous Coral Hurdle (Ascot) and Christmas Hurdle (Kempton) wins already this season. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Yanworth - 5/2 
Buveur D'air - 9/2 
Brain Power - 7/1 
Petit Mouchoir - 15/2 
Moon Racer - 9/1 
The New One - 14/1 
My Tent Or Yours - 16/1 
Footpad - 16/1 
 

4:10 – David Nicholson Mares Hurdle 

No race has been dominated more by one trainer than Willie Mullins' monopoly in the Mares Hurdle. Mullins has won this race in each of the last eight years. Quevega won six years on the bounce between 2009 and 2014, whilst another pair of Mullins' horses, Glen's Melody and Vroum Vroum Mag won in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Ante-post prices suggest Mullins will make it nine in a row, with Limini and Vroum Vroum Mag heading the betting for the Irish trainer.  
 
Current Race Odds 
Limini - 13/8 
Vroum Vroum Mag - 5/2 
Apple's Jade - 9/2 
Jer's Girl - 12/1 
Lifeboat Mona - 14/1 
Colin's Sister - 25/1 
Midnight Jazz - 33/1 
 

4:50 – National Hunt Chase 

The National Hunt Steeple Chase is a unique proposition as one of the few races run by all amateur jockeys. Run over 3m 7f, this chase is only for out and out stayers, with history suggesting horses aged under 7 years old tend not to have the stamina to see the race out. Jonjo O'Neill has an impressive record in the race with four winners since 2000. 
 
Current Race Odds 
A Genie In Abottle - 4/1 
Edwulf - 9/2 
Champers On Ice - 8/1 
Beware The Bear - 8/1 
Arpege D'alene - 11/1 
Martello Tower - 12/1 
Bigbadjohn - 14/1 
Haymount - 16/1 
Tiger Roll - 16/1 
 

5:30 – Novices' Handicap Chase 

The final race of the day is the 2m 4f handicap. Last year's winning jockey, Brian Hughes will be on board 16/1 shot Double W's. Although only two favourites have ever triumphed in the race, you seldom find a big-priced winner. To find the winner, stick to the top end of the betting but don't dwell too much on the favourite. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Foxtail Hill - 6/1 
Gold Present - 8/1 
Its'afreebee - 9/1 
Two Taffs - 10/1 
Bun Doran - 12/1 
Hammersly Lake - 12/1 
Tully East - 16/1 
Double W's - 16/1 
Mixboy - 16/1 
 
Bet Free Bets' Tips 
1:30: River Wylde - 13/2 
2:10: Altior - 1/4 
2:50: Un Temps Pour Tout - 12/1  
3:30: Buveur D'air - 9/2 
4:10: Limini - 13/8 
4:50: Bigbadjohn - 14/1 
5:30: Two Taffs - 10/1

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