Champion Day Free Bets

Betting on Champion Day Races

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The famous “Cheltenham Roar” will be heard as the horses approach the tape for the Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at 1.30pm and on day one of the Cheltenham Festival, punter eyes are on Champion Day free bets and concessions from the bookmakers which are always a feature of the opening day as the layers fight for our affections.

The feature race on Day 1 is the Stan James Champion Hurdle of course at 3.20pm and many bookmakers will be offering such Champion Day betting offers like “Money Back if your horse is second”, “Enhanced each way terms” and of course enhanced odds for some of the big name horses on display. The days leading up the first day is ideal for looking out for the very best Cheltenham betting offers to maximise your chances of staying ahead for the week!

time
13.30
race
The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race
distance
2m abt ½f
type
Hurdle
time
14.10
race
The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
distance
abt 2m
type
Chase
time
14.50
race
The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
distance
3m abt 1f
type
Chase
time
15.30
race
The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
distance
2m abt ½f
type
Hurdle
time
16.10
race
The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race
distance
2m abt 4f
type
Hurdle
time
16.50
race
The 146th Year Of The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase)
distance
Abt 4m
type
Chase
time
17.30
race
The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
distance
2m abt 4½f
type
Chase

Champion Day Races at Cheltenham

The first race is the Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and is the premier hurdle race for young, up and coming hurdlers and future chasers.

It has been won by a who’s who of past legends and this year, the Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci partnership are going for a three-timer in the race with Min, having won the race with Vautour and Douvan the last two years.

Min is an imposing specimen and could be a world beater, but Nicky Henderson has two hugely promising novices called Altior and Buveur D’Air who could easily be good enough and either of those two could attract the each way thieves on the day.

Next up is the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy, a chase for the very best speedy novices over the 2m distance. Again this race has provided a winning platform for chasing legends like Moscow Flyer, Sprinter Sacre and Sizing Europe and this year, the Willie Mullins trained DOUVAN is the horse the bookies are running from. Champion Day free bet and value seekers will be looking for “enhanced odds” and “winning distance” markets about this favourite.

A tough and competitive handicap chase over 3m1f is next and precedes the main event on Champion Day, the Stan James Champion Hurdle. With Faugheen on the sidelines, the door is now open for the likes of Annie Power, Identity Thief and My Tent Or Yours to take the crown for themselves. Down the decades this race has conjured up some of the best ever races staged at the Cheltenham Festival and hopefully the 2016 Champion Hurdle renewal will be a treat to remember too.

Heading the market at present is Annie Power, who is likely to be supplemented and take her place in the line-up. She fell when clear in last year’s Mares’ Hurdle and was second in the World Hurdle the previous year. Hard luck has followed the talented mare at the Cheltenham Festival but you get the feeling her day will come. My Tent Or Yours would be a hugely popular winner having been off the track since 2014, but after such a long absence it is quite a tall order. Hendery De Bromhead’s Identity Thief has done nothing but improve over the last couple of seasons and he is obviously highly respected for the Gigginstown operation. Nichols Canyon and The New One are also firmly in the mix in a very open race now.

The last three races are by no means a back number and if your punting is going well your Champion Day free bet funds will still be going strong. The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, National Hunt Chase and the Novices’ Handicap Chase will be ideally set up for getting hold of some each way value to finish off the day in style!

This is the curtain raiser for what is always a joyous occasion for fans of National Hunt racing. A legion of Irish and British fans will descend on the new look Cheltenham Racecourse and begin consuming copious amounts of Guinness and spending millions of pounds with Champion Day free bets opportunities and on course bookmakers alike.

Champion Day betting tips will be floating around everywhere as well as on our own tipster page, so be sure to keep an eye out for some prize nuggets of information on your favourite horses. Who will win the big race and take advantage of Faugheen’s absence? Can the Willie Mullins trained Min raise the roof with a win for favourite backers in the first race? Champion Day is day one of the Cheltenham Festival and the day we start finding out the answers to questions that have been brewing all season.

It’s a day not to miss!

Race Schedule

13.30 – The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race – 2m ½f

14.10 – The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeplechase – 2m ½f

14.50 – The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase – 3m 1f

15.30 – The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy – 2m ½f

16.10 – The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race – 2m 4f

16.50 – The 146th Year Of The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) 4m

17.30 – The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase – 2m 4½f

Results will be updated as the races progress. Stay tuned!