Cheltenham Day 1 Betting Previews


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13:30 Cheltenham

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

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 1  |   2m 87y  |   12 Runners  |   Turf
  • > Winner No 9 Slade Steel J: Rachael Blackmore T : H DeBromhead
  • second  No 8  Mystical Power T:W P Mullins  J: M P Walsh
  • third  no3 Firefox  T G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy

Top Contenders:

  • Jeriko Du Reponet (5): Holds strong favoritism (6/1) with an impressive record of three wins from three hurdle starts, including a Grade 2 victory.
  • Mystical Power (8): Unbeaten in three outings so far, showcasing excellent potential and a dominant win in the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Novices’ Hurdle.
  • Slade Steelt (9): Runner-up in a Grade 2 and only narrowly beaten by the exceptional Ballyburn in a Grade 1. Holds promise for further improvement.
  • Tullyhill (12): A progressive hurdler with a dominant win in a recent listed event.

Other Notable Runners:

  • Firefox (3): Consistent performer with a hurdle win and a close second in a Grade 1 race.
  • Tellherthename (11): Showed promise with a recent win and is capable of improvement.
  • Mistergifh (7): Impressive debut win in a maiden hurdle but faces tougher competition here.


  • Asian Master (1): Won two hurdle races but the yard might have stronger contenders.
  • Favour And Fortune (2): Showed good form in bumpers and hurdles but needs to step up in class.
  • Gold Dancert (4): Lacks recent winning form and faces a significant challenge.
  • Kings Hill (6): Won a maiden hurdle but this is a much tougher race.
  • Supersundae (10): Lacks recent form and faces a stiff task.
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14:10 Cheltenham My Pension Expert Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

5YO plus | Class 1 | 1m 7f 199y | 10 Runners | Turf

1st  no 3  Gaelic Warrior  J: P Townend  T: W P Mullins 
2nd  no 2 Found A Fifty   T: G Elliott J: J W Kennedy
3rd  no 5  Il Etait Temps  W P Mullins J: D E Mullins

Top Picks:

  • Gaelic Warrior (Horse 3):

    • Holds the highest Timeform rating (157) and boasts impressive recent form, including a win over Il Etait Temps.
    • Backed by champion jockey Paul Townend.
  • Found A Fifty (Horse 2):

    • Grade 1 winner and placed second in the prestigious Irish Arkle.
    • Consistent performer with strong claims.
  • Hunters Yarn (Horse 4):

    • Highly talented hurdler with a winning debut over fences.
    • Inexperienced in chasing but possesses significant potential.
  • Il Etait Temps (Horse 5):

    • Runner-up to Gaelic Warrior but bounced back with a gutsy win in the Irish Arkle.
    • Strong contender in a competitive field.

Other Contenders:

  • JPR One (Horse 6): Grade 2 winner with a close second in another Grade 2 race.
    • Faces stiff competition from the Irish horses.
  • Master Chewy (Horse 7): Consistent performer with recent wins in Grade 2 races.
    • Needs to improve upon his latest effort.
  • Matata (Horse 8): Showed promise but needs to find extra against this strong field.
  • My Mate Mozzie (Horse 9): Runner-up in a Grade 1 race and has fresh legs coming into this contest.
    • An outsider with potential.
  • Quilixios (Horse 10): Won the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2021.
    • Promising start over fences but has something to prove at this level.
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14:50 Cheltenham Ultima Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

5YO plus | Class 1 | 3m 1f | 23 Runners | Turf

1st No 17 Chianti Classico T: Kim Bailey  J:David Bass

2nd No 16 Twig  T: Ben Pauling  J:Beau Morgan

3rd No 7 Meetingofthewaters  T: W P MullinsJ: M P Walsh


Key Contenders:

  • The Goffert (5/1): Consistent performer with a course and distance success in this very race. Holds a strong chance.
  • Chianti Classico (5/1): Impressive novice hurdler last season and already a winner over fences. Remains unexposed over this trip but cannot be ignored.
  • Trelawney (11/2): Won three hurdles races last season and made a successful chasing debut. Likely to stay well and should be suited by the step up in trip.
  • Meetingofthewaters (11/2): Stamina specialist who landed a valuable handicap at Leopardstown over Christmas. Well treated off his current mark.
  • Stumptown (15/2): Consistent chaser who won a valuable handicap at Sandown last season and placed second in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival.

Other runners with claims:

  • Monbeg Genius (11/1): Highly progressive chaser last season who shaped well in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury.
  • Eldorado Allen (18/1): Showed good form when fourth in the Coral Gold Cup and is interesting fitted with headgear.
  • Highland Hunter (40/1): Won well on reappearance at Kelso and has a good chance if building on that form.


  • Kitty’s Light (28/1): Talented staying chaser who won the Eider Chase, Scottish National and bet365 Gold Cup last season. May be ready for a revival.
  • Busselton (33/1): Last year’s Kerry National winner who has placed in valuable handicaps this season.
  • Famous Bridge (18/1): Won two handicap chases over 25.5f at Haydock this winter but needs to improve his jumping.
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15:30 Cheltenham Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

4YO plus | Class 1 | 2m 87y | 8 Runners | Turf

1st    No 6   State Man  T: W P Mullins  J: P Townend

2nd   No 3   Irish Point   T: G Elliott  J: J W Kennedy

3rd   No 8  Luccia   T: N J Henderson  J: James Bowen


State Man (6/1) stands out as the clear favorite. Trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend, this gelding boasts an impressive record, having won his last 11 starts except for a narrow defeat to the exceptional Constitution Hill last season. His recent Grade 1 victories in the Morgiana, Matheson, and Irish Champion hurdles solidify his dominance in the current field.

Irish Point (7/1), trained by Gordon Elliott, presents a strong challenge. He boasts two Grade 1 wins over hurdles, including a recent triumph at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting. While untested at this specific Cheltenham distance, his overall form suggests he can push State Man for the top spot.

Nemean Lion (25/1), fresh off a Grade 2 victory at Wincanton, and Zarak The Brave (20/1), a Galway Hurdle winner, are capable outsiders who could cause an upset.

Other contenders:

  • Colonel Mustard (33/1): Showed promise in his last outing but faces a tough task against stronger rivals.
  • Iberico Lord (10/1): Consistent performer with recent handicap wins, could surprise.
  • Not So Sleepy (33/1): Veteran gelding with good form towards the end of 2023, might sneak into a place.
  • Luccia (33/1): Needs a career-best performance to challenge the frontrunners.

Key Points:

  • State Man is the overwhelming favorite based on his exceptional recent form.
  • Irish Point is a strong contender with Grade 1 wins under his belt.
  • Nemean Lion and Zarak The Brave are potential outsiders to watch.
  • The remaining horses face an uphill battle but could surprise.
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16:10 CheltenhamClose Brothers Mares’ Hurdle (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle) (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

1st  No 6  Lossiemouth   T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
2nd No 9 Telmesomethinggirl  T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
3rd No 4  Hispanic Moon    T: H De BromheadJ: D J O’Keeffe
4th No 5  Lantry Lady          T: H De BromheadJ: J W Kennedy

Leading Contenders:

  • Lossiemouth (8/11): The reigning Triumph Hurdle winner is the clear favorite. Her dominant victory in January suggests she can handle the extended trip.
  • Echoes In Rain (20/1): A Grade 1 winner at this distance, she has strong claims after chasing home stablemate State Man this season.
  • Love Envoi (12/1): A former Mares’ Novice Hurdle winner and runner-up in this race last year, she shouldn’t be underestimated with cheekpieces added.
  • Marie’s Rock (14/1): The 2022 winner, she faces a tougher challenge back down in trip but has course experience.

Other Notable Runners:

  • Ashroe Diamond (6/1): Undefeated over hurdles against mares, she’s an exciting prospect.
  • Gala Marceau (22/1): A Grade 1 winner in France, she needs to bounce back from a poor showing but has the talent.
  • You Wear It Well (12/1): A Grade 2 winner with potential to improve.

Key Points:

  • The race is run over a distance of 2 miles and 3 furlongs 200 yards.
  • A total prize purse of £120,000 is up for grabs, with £67,524 going to the winner.
  • The field consists of eleven talented mares, making for a highly competitive race.


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16:50 Cheltenham Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Registered As The Fred Winter) (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

4YO only | Class 1 | 2m 87y | 22 Runners | Turf

1st No 15  Lark In The Mornin   T: J P O’Brien  J: J J Slevin
2nd  No 13  Eagles Reign   T: R O’Sullivan  J: T P Harney (7)
3rd   No 2   Ndaawi    T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy

The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, also known as the Fred Winter, is a prestigious race for four-year-old hurdlers at the Cheltenham Festival. This year’s edition promises to be an exciting contest with a strong field of 22 contenders.

Top contenders:

  • Liari: Currently in top form, having won three consecutive races. His impressive win at Musselburgh makes him a strong favorite.
  • Ndaawi : Another horse with a winning record, showing promise in his recent victory at Naas.
  • Eagle Fang : Won his latest race convincingly and has a good chance based on recent form.

Other notable horses:

  • Miss Manzor : Consistent performer with the potential for further improvement.
  • Karia Des Blaises : Talented hurdler with room for progress.
  • Milan Tino : French-trained horse with strong underlying ability.

Horses to watch:

  • An Bradan Feasa : Showed potential in previous races and could be a contender.
  • Lark In The Mornin : Lightly-raced horse with a promising future.
  • Latin Verse : Recent impressive winner who shouldn’t be underestimated.

17:30 Cheltenham Maureen Mullins National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys’ Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

5YO plus | Class 1 | 3m 5f 201y | 7 Runners | Turf

1st  No 1 Corbetts Cross  T: E Mullins J: Mr Derek O’Connor
2nd  No 2 Embassy Gardens  T: W P Mullins  J: Mr P W Mullins
3rd  No 5  Mr Vango  T: Mrs S Bradstock J: Miss Gina Andrews


Top contenders to watch:

  • Corbetts Cross (2/1): A close second in last year’s Albert Bartlett, Corbetts Cross has transitioned well to chasing and holds promise.
  • Embassy Gardens (15/8): Undefeated in his chase career, Embassy Gardens boasts impressive wins at Punchestown and Naas.

Other notable horses:

  • Henry’s Friend (12/1): Victorious in the Reynoldstown at Ascot, Henry’s Friend is showing steady improvement under trainer Pauling.
  • Kilbeg King (10/1): A consistent performer, Kilbeg King has placed well in several Grade races and shouldn’t be underestimated.
  • Salvador Ziggy (5/1): Though he suffered a setback in the Kerry National, Salvador Ziggy’s prior chase wins showcase his potential.
  • Apple Away (6/1): A Grade 1 hurdle winner, Apple Away has adapted well to fences and could surprise in this longer distance race.


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