Cheltenham Day 1 Betting 2018

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Cheltenham Champion Day Bets

This opening day of the Festival is called ‘Champion Day’ not least because it features the Stan James Champion Hurdle and Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, one of the biggest betting races of the entire year.  Bookmakers will be offering some unbelievable Cheltenham Festival free bets from the outset in the hope of attracting new business and then keeping these customers loyal and happy.

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Champion Day 2018 Betting Odds

Take advantage of our list of UK bookies with the latest odds for each of Cheltenham Champion Day races. Why look for the best odds available when you can find these all in one place?


Cheltenham Day 1 Free Bets

Money back concessions, in the form of Cheltenham Champion Day free bets, is now the preferred way online sportsbooks entice and court their customers.

Champion Day Betting Offers

The feature race on Champion Day is the Stan James Champion Hurdle, it is due off at 3.30pm.  The sponsors and the likes of Paddy Power will almost certainly offer a host of Money Back Specials on the two-mile classic such as ‘Money Back if your horse finishes second’.

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There will definitely be enhanced odds on offer both as a standard new player bonuses – such as the 888Sport ‘treble the odds of your first bet’ – and bespoke headline grabbing offers on the race favourites.

Also, as an each-way punter, look out for ‘enhanced place terms’ on the Champion Hurdle; someone will be playing the first-four places instead of the standard 1-2-3.

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The days leading up Cheltenham’s Champion Day is when these offers crop-up and this is the ideal time to dedicated some quality time to identify them and then employ a strategy which means they can be used in the most favourable way. Use our betting tips and Cheltenham racing results to make the best out of your picks.

In 2017, Cheltenham Festival got off to a flyer with teenage jockey Jack Kennedy riding 25/1 long-shot Labaik to victory in the Champion Day opener. The races that followed were a little more predictable with second fave Buveur D’Air winning the Champion Hurdle and Altior taking the Arkle with a canter. Day 2 looks like being a corker so why not take a flutter at Ladies Day free bets today?

Day 1 (Champions Day) Races Results – 14.03.2017

Time Race Winner
1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle Labaik
2:10 Arkle Challenge Trophy Altior
2:50 Festival Handicap Chase Un Temps Pour Tout
3:30 Champion Hurdle Buveur D'air
4:10 David Nicholson Mares Hurdle Apple's Jade
4:50 National Hunt Chase Tiger Roll
5:30 Novices Handicap Chase Tully East

Cheltenham Champion Day Betting Tips

Back in 2017, with the dominance of trainer Willie Mullins, the question was ‘how many winners’ as opposed to which races he would win.

Cheltenham Betting Tips

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Mullin’s ‘Melon’, a British-bred import who raced in France was mighty impressive when winning on his hurdles debut at Leopardstown and clearly has bundles of scope.  With all the right vibes coming out of his powerful stable, he could get Irish-trained runners off to a flier, but the British trained Ballyandy and Movewiththetimes duo will be very dangerous and popular each-way on the day.

With Faugheen and Annie Power out of the main event, the door is open for one of the McManus pair in Buveur D’Air or Yanworth, both of whom are topping the market along with Petit Mouchoir the main Irish contender. But Yanworth looks the most likely to improve on the day and he could be a special talent.

In the Arkle, look out for “winning distance” markets for the special Nicky Henderson trained French Import Altior, who has done nothing but impress all season. The winning distance markets provide a good option for value if this horse wins the Arkle impressively, as many feel he will. Brian Ellison’s Forest Bihan could be a value shout in the “W/o Altior” betting market.

That’s our three tips to make a profit for Champion Day at the Festival.  Not overly imaginative and all short prices but, like we say, return to as the big day approaches where we will flag-up all the applicable enhancements and concessions regarding these runners and all other Cheltenham races.

Another Mullin’s runner, ‘Faugheen’, may have missed more than a year on the track due to injury but he is still 11-from-12 over hurdles and if returning anything like the form he was in when trouncing the 2015 Champion Hurdle field, he will surely win.

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Amazingly the 1-2 in last year’s Supreme Novice Hurdle can meet again in the Arkle, a steeplechase for novice jumpers.  We see no reason why the form book will be overturned in 2017 despite the chief protagonists now jumping bigger obstacles.

Therefore we are expecting ‘Altior’ to prevail with old rival, ‘Min’, filling one of the place paying positions.

That’s our three for Champion Day at the Festival.  Not overly imaginative and all short prices but, like we say, return to as the big day approaches where we will flag-up all applicable enhancements and concessions regarding these runners and all other races.

Cheltenham Champion Day 2017 Races

The opening race of Champion Day is the Skybet Supreme Novices Hurdle, where Willie Mullins trained Melon and Betfair Hurdle winner Ballyandy are prominent in the market, along with former Champion Bumper winner Moon Racer at around 6/1.

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.

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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.

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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 which affects Cheltenham Festival betting odds, 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.

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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!