We have put together below what we feel are the best bets in each race for Day 1 of Cheltneham Day 1. We have also included a points system to follow, but feel free to go your own way and use some of the selections to supplement your own if you have them! Should be a great festival and fingers crossed another profitable one!
1.30 Supreme Novices Hurdle – We feel that My Tent Or Yours is not a sure thing and happy to oppose with a better value option in the form of Champagne Fever who impressed us in a grade 1 event last time, with doubts over some of the others looks a good bet with ground to suit. 8/1 EW 2pts (WIlliam Hill paying 5 places for EW) +20
2.05 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase – Impossible to oppose Simonsig in our opinion (we have backed in the ante post market but would still advise at prices). We would advise backing this selection with Betfair with 2nd place refunded. 4/6 6 pts +2.5
2.40 Specialty Handicap Chase – We like the look of Nadiya De La Vega here at a good price under McCoy. Goes well round Cheltenham and if near best will go close. 16/1 EW 1pt (plenty of firms paying 5 places) -2
3.20 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy – There are doubts surrounding Hurricane Fly and we feel has a bit to prove, and with Paddy Power offering money back if your horse finishes second seems worthwhile taking on and we like Rock On Ruby. 9/2 Paddy Power 3pts -0
4.00 Glenfarclas Handicap Chase – Saddler Storm – An open contest in which we will take a chance on Saddlers Storm after reappearance run recently. 16/1EW 1pt -2
4.40 OLBG Mares Hurdle – Quevega looks unopposable but not quite worth a bet so we will side step, Swing Bowler looks a good ew price and worth a small gamble.8/1 EW 2pts -4
5.15 Rewards4Racing Novices Handicap Chase – Shangani is still improving and although harder than latest win, we very much think he is one to be following. 8/1 EW 2pts +2