Cheltenham Festival 2018 Day 1 - Race Times & Tips

Day One of the Cheltenham Festival 2018 gets underway on Tuesday 13th 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. Day 1 in 2017 saw bookmakers get off to a flying start when the temperamental 25/1 chance Labaik landed the Supreme Novice hurdle, but punters struck back when Altior and Buveir D'Air landed hefty market confidence.

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Cheltenham Festival 2018 Tuesday Tips & Schedules

Cheltenham 2018, Tuesday 13th March, Day 1 Schedule

TimeRaceCheltenham 2018 Tips
13:30 The Skybet Supreme Novices' Hurdle  Read Cheltenham 2018 Tips - Day 1
14:10 The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase Read Cheltenham 2018 Tips - Day 1
14:50 The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Read Cheltenham 2018 Tips - Day 1
15:30 The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Read Cheltenham 2018 Tips - Day 1
16:10 The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race Read Cheltenham 2018 Tips - Day 1
16:50 The Toby Balding National Hunt Chase Read Cheltenham 2018 Tips - Day 1
17:30   The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase Read Cheltenham 2018 Tips - Day 1

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Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2018

Race 1, Tuesday 13th March 1:30

The first day of the Cheltenham Festival gets underway with one of the most exciting races of the week, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Featuring the youngest and most exciting novice hurdlers in the country, the Supreme Novices’ has a long history of producing some top class horses to grace the turf, not to mention subsequent Festival winners. Willie Mullins has a great record in this race, but suffered a reverse in 2016 when Min was turned over by the English challenger Altior. The 2018 contest has a wide open look to it at this stage, with no standout contender yet to emerge from the ranks.

Arkle Chase 2018

Race 2, Tuesday 13th March 2:10

Altior posted a fantastic display to land this in 2017, landing strong ante-post cash and eventually going off a prohibitive 1/4f before routing his rivals hard on the bridle. In 2018 Footpad looks the class act, with his transition to fences going very smoothly so far after two demolition jobs on inferior opposition in Eire (jumps like an experienced handicapper).

Ultima Festival Handicap Chase

Race 3, Tuesday 13th March 2:50

The Festival Trophy Handicap Chase is one of the trickiest handicaps to solve at the Cheltenham Festival. Run over a distance of three miles with nineteen fences to navigate, the Festival Handicap Chase offers plenty of each-way opportunities for punters at big prices. The 2017 winner, Un Temps Pour Tout, was given a terrific ride from Tom Scudamore to get up in a typically tight finish up the hill. Is there another handicap plot lurking in the field this year? Read the Bettingexpert 2018 Festival Handicap Chase preview to search out the value in this ultra-competitive contest.

Champion Hurdle 2018

Race 4, Tuesday 13th March 3:30

The pinnacle of day one at the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Hurdle. 2016 winner Annie Power landed a huge gamble for the Irish, and last season saw a new star emerge as Buveir D'Air landed the spoils in impressive style. He is back to defend his crown in 2018, and seems sure to start a well backed odds-on favourite with all of his rivals dropping away or struggling for form in the build up.

Mares Hurdle

Race 5, Tuesday 13th March 4:10

The Mares Hurdle ended in calamity for punters in 2015 when Annie Power crashed out at the final flight with the race at her mercy (saving the betting industry a multi million pound payout in accumulators on all the other short priced winners that day). The defeat still haunts plenty of punters and it may leave some cowering behind their race cards again this year, although the ever popular Apples Jade sets a high standard this time around.

National Hunt Chase

Race 6, Tuesday 13th March 4:50

Things take a twist following the Mares Hurdle with the National Hunt Chase, a listed amateur riders contest over the marathon four mile trip. The 2016 race was won by Minella Rocco, just seeing off Native River (subsequently won the Hennessy in November). In 2017 Tiger Roll landed a thrilling race in dramtic style, with outsiders dominating as the market principals dropped away. The importance of a jockey to a horse’s chance is evident in a race of this nature with twenty-four fences to navigate over four miles, and top amatuers tend to come to the fore. Setting the pace, holding the correct position and finding a stride at every fence are all essential factors in landing this competitive prize.

CHAPS Novices’ Handicap Chase

Race 7, Tuesday 13th March 5:30

The CHAPS novices’ handicap chase is one of the tightest handicaps in the country. There was just 5lbs between the 20-strong field in 2015 and there could be a similar story this year. Raced over 2m 4f with 16 fences, this novices’ handicap chase is another tough nut for punters to crack in the final race of the day. Locating horses with plenty of scope for improvement is essential, not to mention holding a few lbs in hand over the handicapper. The 2017 renewal went to Tully East under a masterclass of a ride from Denis O'Regan, and the Irish seem sure to have a few laid out for this valuable prize again.

Cheltenham 2018 Champion Day Races

Day one kicks off with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, a race which is always brought underway with the famous Cheltenham roar from the stands. A whole year’s worth of anticipation unleashed as the racing gets underway.

The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the ultimate test for newcomers to book a place in the Cheltenham history books. Douvan won the race in 2015 and since developed into a top class chaser, and usually this is a springboard onto much better things.

Such is the strength and depth of the Cheltenham Festival that both the aforementioned races serve only as warm-up act to the main event, the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle. The most prestigious race for any two mile hurdler, the champion hurdle is won by only the very best horses. The race has been most fondly associated with the great Hurricane Fly in recent times, who won it in 2011, before coming back to win it again in 2013 having been denied in 2012.Who will take the crown this year? Read our Cheltenham betting tips to find out that and more.

The day doesn’t end there though with the Mares Hurdle and two generous handicaps to get stuck into. Will this year’s Mares Hurdle end in heartbreak (after Annie Power's fall at the last in 2015). The National Chase and Novices’ Handicap Chase offer two tricky contests for punters to finish their day on, with plenty of big odds and each-way value on offer. Finding the horse with the most in-hand will leave you feeling very chuffed as day one comes to an end on another supreme days racing at Cheltenham.

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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