Cheltenham Day 1 Tips - Race Times & Predictions
Day One of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 gets underway on Tuesday 15th March with one of the greatest weeks of racing anywhere in the world. Held over four days, the Cheltenham Festival has an incredible amount of twists and turns, heroes and heroines with day one at last year’s festival particularly memorable.
Cheltenham Tips for Tuesday & Schedules
Cheltenham Day 1 Tips 2022, Tuesday 15th March, Day 1 Schedule
|Time||Race||Cheltenham Day 1 Tips 2022|
|1:30||Supreme Novices’ Hurdle||Read Tip|
|2:10||Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase||Read Tip|
|2:50||Ultima Handicap Chase||Read Tip|
|3:30||Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy||Read Tip|
|4:10||The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle||Read Tip|
|4:50||Boodles Juvenile Handicap||Read Tip|
|5:30||National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase||Read Tip|
Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Video Preview
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2022
Race 1, Tuesday 15th March 1:30
A compelling start to the best four days of jump racing in the calendar, with the best novices from Britain and Ireland clashing and the biggest yards represented by their most highly regarded young horses. Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott always have strong teams assembled, and the former has the standout contender in 2021 as the well touted Appreciate It has attracted strong cash in the build up to the Festival.
Nicky Henderson’s Shiskin landed the spoils in dramatic style in 2021, making up plenty of ground to lead up the hill and foil an Irish plunge on the confidently ridden Abracadabras.
Sporting Life Arkle Challenge 2022
Race 2, Tuesday 15th March 2:10
A brilliant spectacle as high class novice chases lock horns over 2m for this valuable Grade 1 prize, and recent winners include Un de Sceaux, Douvan and Altior. The race is usually run at a strong pace, and sound jumping in the conditions is usually crucial to the outcome.
That was certainly the case for a wide open renewal in 2019, with an incident packed race on the soft ground seeing Duc des Genievres take the prize back to Ireland for Willie Mullins.
Ultima Handicap Chase 2022
Race 3, Tuesday 15th March 2:50
An extremely wide open 3m1f Ultima handicap chase, open to 5-y-o’s and upwards and always a very competitive betting heat that places plenty of demands on stamina up the hill. Remarkably no Irish trained winner has won since Dun Doire in 2006 for Willie Mullins, and 2019 saw Nicky Henderson’s bold jumping Beware the Bear land the spoils under a strong ride from Jeremiah McGrath. 2021 is a typically light race in ante-post terms, with the layers offering a minimum of 10/1 the field and astute punters should wait for the extra places sure to be on offer for each-way purposes on the day.
Unibet Champion Hurdle 2022
Race 4, Tuesday 15th March 3:30
The highlight of the opening day is the 2m Grade 1 Unibet Champion hurdle, with all the crack two mile hurdlers competing to cement their place in racing history. This has thrown up some memorable winners in the past, with legends like Sea Pigeon, Istabraq, Hardy Eustace and Buveur D’air all winning the prize at least twice in recent history.
The 2021 renewal will see Nicky Henderson’s prolific mare Epatante try to retain her crown that she seized so impressively in 2020, but she does now have a few questions to answer after a below par performace at long odds-on in December.
Close Brothers Mares Hurdle 2022
Race 5, Tuesday 15th March 4:10
The Grade 1 Mares hurdle has been dominated by Willie Mullins over the past decade, with the maestro trainer winning the race an incredible ten times. The dominance was briefly halted by Dan Skelton’s useful Roksana in 2019, but it is heavy odds-on that the crown will return back to its usual home in 2021.
As a betting heat this is a non-event in the run up to the Festival, with running plans for the principals shrouded in secrecy and the bookmakers reluctant to offer prices in any size as a result.
Boodles Juvenile Handicap 2022
Race 6, Tuesday 15th March 4:50
An ultra competitive juvenile handicap (formerly known as the Fred Winter) that now has a new place in the programme at Cheltenham on Tuesday.
The betting is sure to be wide open and is currently 10-1 the field in the ante-post markets, with the running plans of the principals uncertain (several big names may wait to run in the Triumph hurdle on Friday, though it is not unheard of for some to run in both).
National Hunt Challenge Chase 2022
Race 7, Tuesday 15th March 5:30
The NH Chase is another new entry on the Tuesday of the Festival, and provides a thrilling spectacle run over 3m5f and open only to amateur riders.
Astute punters should focus in on those jockeys with previous experience, like Jamie Codd or Derek O’Connor, with the pace often far too fast and plenty of runners dropping away as the race draws to a close up the stamina sapping final hill.
Cheltenham 2022 Champion Day Races
After months of hype and speculation (and endless preview evenings on both sides of the water), the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival is always the most eagerly awaited days racing of the entire National Hunt season. All of Britain and Ireland bring over their best horses to take each other on, and the action on the track is matched by ferocious betting heats (though with the 2021 renewal sure to be “behind closed doors” due to the global pandemic, the action will all be off course).
For the gambling industry, these four days can make of break their entire financial year, and for many punters they play in much bigger size than usual (with the quality of the action very high throughout the four days).
The meeting usually begins with the traditional “Cheltenham roar” as the novices line up for the Supreme Novice Hurdle over two miles, but there is likely to be just an eerie silence in March as things get under way. In 2020 Nicky Henderson’s Shiskin showed a terrific attitude to defy the usual Irish dominance in this division, and he has since developed into a cracking novice chaser who is likely to be a short priced for the Arkle Chase at 2.10 on Tuesday. The Arkle Chase is one of three Grade 1 races on the day, and in 2020 Henry de Bromhead’s Put the Kettle On proved an excellent result for the bookmakers with a surpise success.
All eyes on the opening day are always focussed on the feature Champion Hurdle, and jumping enthusiasts were treated to a top class display in 2020 as Nicky Henderson’s Epatante landed a wholesale gamble down to 9/4f. Recent runnings of the race have lacked star quality, with even the prolific Buveur D’Air failing to capture the public imagination and the 2019 running producing a real shock in deep ground when the ill-fated Espoir D’Allen ran out a wide margin winner in really testing ground (all of the front of the market under pressure and well held a mile out).
The David Nicholson Mares hurdle is one of the quieter betting heats of the week, and things don’t get much easier for punters as the ultra competitive National Hunt amateur riders novice chase draws the day to a close over the stamina sapping four mile trip. The skills of the riders will play a crucial part in deciding the outcome, and astute punters will focus on the Irish jockeys like Jamie Codd who have proved themselves time and time again at the top table.
Cheltenham Betting Tips 2022, Tuesday 15th March, Day 1 Race Cards & Selections
|Time||Cheltenham 2022 Tips|
|1:30||Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips|
|2:10||Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Tips|
|2:50||Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Tips|
|3:30||Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Tips|
|4:10||Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Tips|
|4:50||Boodles Juvenile Handicap Tips|
|5:30||National Hunt Challenge Chase Tips|
Cheltenham Betting Tips 2022, Wednesday 16th March, Day 2 Race Cards & Selections
|Time||Cheltenham 2022 Tips|
|1:30||Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips|
|2:10||Festival Novices’ Chase Tips|
|2:50||Coral Cup Hurdle Tips|
|3:30||Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips|
|4:10||Glenfarcias Cross Country Chase Tips|
|4:50||Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Tips|
|5:30||Weatherbys Champion Bumper Tips|
Cheltenham Betting Tips 2022, Thursday 17th March, Day 3 Race Cards & Selections
|Time||Cheltenham 2022 Tips|
|1:30||Marsh Novices Chase Tips|
|2:10||Pertemps Network Final Tips|
|2:50||Ryanair Chase Tips|
|3:30||Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle Tips|
|4:10||Paddy Power Plate Tips|
|4:50||Mares Novices Hurdle Tips|
|5:30||Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips|
Cheltenham Betting Tips 2022, Friday 18th March, Day 4 Race Cards & Selections
|Time||Cheltenham 2022 Tips|
|130||JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips|
|2:10||County Handicap Hurdle Tips|
|2:50||Albert Bartlett Novice’s Hurdle Tips|
|3:30||Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips|
|4:10||Foxhunter Steeple Chase Tips|
|4:50||Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase Tips|
|5:30||Martin Pipe Conditional Handicap Hurdle Tips|