Cheltenham Festival Day One betting tips, preview and free bets, 13th March 2018
The Cheltenham Festival runs from Tuesday 13th March to Friday 16th March 2018, so read on for the Day One preview or check out the tips, odds and free bets for Day Two, Day Three and Day Four to help you pick some winners. Also see our Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers page for all the latest betting offers and promotions from the bookies!
Cheltenham betting tips day 1:
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle preview, odds and betting tips, 13.30 at Cheltenham, 13th March 2018
The roar that greets the start of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is among the best sounds in racing. It signals the start of the Cheltenham Festival and we have a race of fitting quality in the 2018 renewal.
As ever with the early betting, punters have been trying to second guess which horses will go to post. Samcro, for example, has had plenty of support and would give the bookies a real battering if he turns up to the Supreme and wins. The Ballymore looks much more likely for him though which could open the door for Kalashnikov at 6/1 with Betfair.
Amy Murphy’s five-year-old has impressive form over two miles on the sort of soft ground expected at Cheltenham and his last performance brought a win in the Grade 3 Betfair Hurdle. Kalashnikov’s improvement into a top class hurdler could well continue in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Arkle Trophy preview, odds and betting tips, 14.10 at Cheltenham, 13th March 2018
The Grade 1 action continues with the Arkle Trophy. This two miler has served as the launch pad for the careers of many young top class steeplechasers before and connections of Footpad are hopeful he will join the likes of Sprinter Sacre and Un de Sceaux as winners of the Arkle.
The long time ante post favourite for the Arkle Trophy, Footpad has already had a great deal of support in the betting. Those who snapped up some early value about Willie Mullins’ six-year-old are certainly feeling confident after a run of three straight wins.
The main danger for the 5/4 favourite with BetVictor is Petit Mouchoir. However, with questions about the grey’s jumping, anything other than a Footpad win would be something of a surprise.
Champion Hurdle preview, odds and betting tips, 15.30 at Cheltenham, 13th March 2018
The Champion Hurdle is the feature race of Tuesday at Cheltenham and we have one of the strongest favourites of the festival in the shape of Buveur D’Air.
The seven-year-old has been a prolific winner for Nicky Henderson and there is little doubt that last year’s Champion Hurdle victor is as good a two mile hurdler as any of his contemporaries. That said, some still hold hope that Faugheen will return to his best at Cheltenham and win the Champion Hurdle just like he did in 2015.
Faugheen finally made his return in November to win the Morgiana Hurdle in stunning fashion. A repeat of that performance could see him win at 6/1 with Paddy Power but after being pulled up and then beaten in the two starts since, it’s tough to foresee Faugheen getting the better of Buveur D’Air.
Cheltenham day one best of the rest, 13th March 2018
Buveur D’Air isn’t the only strong favourite on Tuesday. Apple’s Jade continues to be backed for victory in the Mares’ Hurdle and for very good reason. The six-year-old won this race 12 months ago and, having been unbeaten ever since, is a more than worthy favourite.
The three mile Ultima Handicap is always a good opportunity to find a longer odds winner and after a couple of disappointing performances Tinter Theatre could fit the bill nicely at 33/1 with Ladbrokes.
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