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Day One of the Cheltenham Festival 2020 gets underway on Tuesday 10th 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 2020, Tuesday 10th March, Day 1 Schedule

Time Race Cheltenham Day 1 Tips 2020
13:30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Read Tip
14:10 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase ReadTip
14:50 Ultima Handicap Chase Read Tip
15:30 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Read Tip
16:10 Mares’ Hurdle Read Tip
16:50  Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase Read Tip
17:30 National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase Read Tip


Cheltenham Day 1 Acca

Each day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, our racing expert Stephen Harris posts his best acca of the day. Stephen’s Cheltenham Day 1 three leg acca is available now with his best bets from the Novice Handicap Chase, Champion Hurdle and Arkle Challenge Trophy..


Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2020

Race 1, Tuesday 10th March 1:30

A brilliant 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. 2016 saw the top class Altior land a wholesale public gamble in impressive style, and this is always one of the warmest betting heats of the entire week. Irish runners tend to dominate, and Klassical Dream was a popular winner for Willie Mullins in 2019, ridden with typical confidence by the now retired Ruby Walsh.

2020 has a wide open look at this stage, with Nicky Henderson’s Shiskin shooting to the head of the market after making a really impressive hurdling debut at Newbury in a traditionally strong trial for this valuable Grade 1 prize.


Racing Post Arkle Challenge 2020

Race 2, Tuesday 10th 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.

The 2020 renewal is very much dominated by Irish trained runners, with Notebook of Henry de Bromhead’s really impressing with his jumping and tenacious attitude in winning his first three starts over fences at home. Of the English trained runners, the mare Maire Banrigh has not put a foot wrong from the front in winning 4/4 over fences so far (admittedly against much weaker opposition).


Ultima Handicap Chase 2020

Race 3, Tuesday 10th March 2:50

A wide open 3m1f handicap, open to 5-y-o’s and upwards and always a wide open 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.

This year is a typically light race in ante-post terms, with the layers offering a minimum of 10/1 the field and both Pym and The Conditional coming into things on the upgrade after impressive wins (handicap marks now a lot higher as a result).


Unibet Champion Hurdle 2020

Race 4, Tuesday 10th 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 folklore. 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 standard in the last few years has undoubtedly dipped, and the 2019 renewal was a very unsatisfactory race run in deep ground where none of the market principals gave their true running (and the unconsidered Espoir D’Allen came home unchallenged at 16/1 from the exposed Melon).

2020 does look a good deal brighter for purists, with the feeling that a new champion could be about to emerge and stamp his or her dominance on the division. Young upstarts Pentland Hills, Epatante and Honeysuckle have all looked very useful in lesser company so far this winter, and all three have proved very popular at various stages in the ante-post build up to the big day.


Mares Hurdle 2020

Race 5, Tuesday 10th March 4:10

This Mares hurdle has been dominated by Willie Mullins over the past decade, with the maestro trainer winning the race an incredible 9 times since 2019. 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 2020.

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. The current Even money favourite is the prolific Benie des Dieux, who impressed when winning this in 2018 and was sent off 10/11f only to fall last season under Ruby Walsh.


Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase 2020

Race 6, Tuesday 10th March 4:50

A very competitive novice handicap run over 2m4f on the old course, with a big field of unexposed and progressive performers in the line up and the market often an accurate guide. In 2019 A Plus Tard landed a hefty punt for followers of the Henry de Bromhead yard, proving far too strong for 19 rivals in really testing ground, powering clear up the hill to win by 16 lengths under Rachel Blackmore.

The 2020 renewal has a wide open look (currently 10/1 the field with the bookmakers), with perhaps Simply the Betts impressing most in the build up, winning in game style at this track on Festival Trials Day in January (mark suffered as a result but should be more to come as his stamina is further drawn out in stronger company).


National Hunt Chase 2020

Race 7, Tuesday 10th March 5:30

A very competitive novice handicap run over 2m4f on the old course, with a big field of unexposed and progressive performers in the line up and the market often an accurate guide. In 2019 A Plus Tard landed a hefty punt for followers of the Henry de Bromhead yard, proving far too strong for 19 rivals in really testing ground, powering clear up the hill to win by 16 lengths under Rachel Blackmore.

The 2020 renewal has a wide open look (currently 10/1 the field with the bookmakers), with perhaps Simply the Betts impressing most in the build up, winning in game style at this track on Festival Trials Day in January (mark suffered as a result but should be more to come as his stamina is further drawn out in stronger company).


Cheltenham 2020 Champion Day Races

After months and months of hype and speculation (and hundreds of 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 both on and 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 thousands of Irish players making the pilgrimage over to Prestbury Park every year to back their judgement with cold hard cash).

The meeting begins with the traditional “Cheltenham roar” as the novices line up for the Supreme Novice Hurdle over two miles, and the whole day is full of quality that makes it the best days racing of the week on balance. In 2019 the Willie Mullins trained Klassical Dream ran out a very game winner, and he is sure to be extremely well represented for the 2020 renewal.

The Arkle Chase is one of three Grade 1 races on the day, and in 2019 Willie Mullins continued his domination of the race when Duc des Genieveres took a substandard contest (beaten four times since and a hard race that day seemed to leave a mark). The 2020 contest has a wide open look at the moment with no superstar emerging, but Henry De Bromhead’s Notebook has been popular in the ante-post exchanges, with Rachel Blackmore sure to be on board and his jumping looking a real asset so far over fences.

All eyes on the opening day are always focussed on the feature Champion Hurdle, and jumping enthusiasts are looking for a new star to emerge in 2020. Recent runnings of the race have lacked 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). This season promises more, with young pretenders Epatante, Honeysuckle and Pentland Hills all being aimed at the top prize and a wide open and informative contest is on the cards.

The David Nicholson Mares hurdle is one of the quieter betting heats of the week, with Willie Mullins sure to hold a very strong hand (though in 2019 Dan Skelton’s Roksana sprang a 10/1 shock to the delight of bookmakers), 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.

Where is the value on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival? Our racing editor Stephen Harris guides you through each race of the Cheltenham Day 1, with race analysis, the latest news and info and of course, each of his Cheltenham Day 1 tips.

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