Day 1 of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival begins the start of four days of racing at Cheltenham Racecourse. There are seven races taking place each day with Day 1 featuring three jumps races and four chases.
See the table below for details on all of the races taking place on day 1 of Cheltenham Festival 2021.
|13:30||The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle||Betting Offers|
|14:10||The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase||Betting Offers|
|14:50||The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase||Betting Offers|
|15:30||The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy||Betting Offers|
|16:10||The Mares’ Hurdle||Betting Offers|
|16:50||The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase||Betting Offers|
|17:30||The National Hunt Challenge Cup||Betting Offers|
Looking for the best Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle odds? Click here.
The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the first race taking place at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival which will be greeted by spectators performing the ‘Cheltenham Roar’ on the off. It is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race which is open to horses aged 4 and over.
The race is a distance of approximately 2 miles and ½ furlong and there is a total of 8 hurdles for horses to jump before the finish line.
The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2019 winner was 5 year old Klassical Dream which was ridden by Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins. Klassical Dream went off in 2019 at odds of 6/1 getting many punters off to a flying start.
Fancy a free Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle betting tip? Our expert horse racing analyst has picked out this 6/1 runner.
Past winners of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle include…
|2019||Klassical Dream||5||6/1||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2018||Summerville Boy||6||9-1||Tom George||Noel Fehily|
|2017||Labaik||6||25-1||Gordon Elliott||Jack Kennedy|
|2016||Altior||6||4-1||Nicky Henderson||Nico de Boinville|
|2015||Douvan||5||2-1F||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2014||Vautour||5||7-2JF||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2013||Champagne Fever||6||5-1||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2012||Cinders And Ashes||5||10-1||Donald McCain||Jason Maguire|
|2011||Al Ferof||6||10-1||Paul Nicholls||Ruby Walsh|
|2010||Menorah||5||12-1||Philip Hobbs||Richard Johnson|
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You can watch The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.
Looking for the best Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase odds? Click here.
The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase is over a distance of approximately 2 miles and 7 furlongs. It is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase which is open to horses aged five and over. The race is named after the racehorse ‘Arkle’ who had the highest rating of any jumps horse in the history of horse racing.
The 2019 winner of The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase was Duc des Genievres which went off at 5-1. Previous to 2019, the favourite has gone on to win the race in 6 out of 7 of the races.
Previous winners of the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase include:
|2019||Duc des Genievres||6||5-1||Willie Mullins||Paul Townend|
|2018||Footpad||6||5-6F||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2017||Altior||7||1-4F||Nicky Henderson||Nico de Boinville|
|2016||Douvan||6||1-4F||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2015||Un De Sceaux||7||4-6F||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2014||Western Warhorse||6||33-1||David Pipe||Tom Scudamore|
|2013||Simonsig||7||8-15F||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty|
|2012||Sprinter Sacre||6||8-11F||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty|
|2011||Captain Chris||7||6-1||Philip Hobbs||Richard Johnson|
|2010||Sizing Europe||8||6-1||Henry de Bromhead||Andrew Lynch|
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You can watch The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.
Brewin’upastorm is our 9/1 tip for the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase.
Looking for the best Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase odds? Click here.
The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase, or the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase as it was previously known as, is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase open to horses aged five and older.
The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase is the third race to take place at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival and will be run over a distance of approximately 3 miles and 1 furlong. Runners will jump twenty fences in a bid to collect the prize money of £110,000.
The winner of the 2019 Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase was Beware The Bear which was trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Jeremiah McGrath. The 10-1 winner gave Henderson his 61st winner at The Cheltenham Festival after he took the lead over the last and went on to win comfortably.
Previous winners of The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase include:
|2019||Beware The Bear||9||10-1||Nicky Henerson||Jeremiah McGrath|
|2018||Coo Star Sivola||6||5-1F||Nick Williams||Lizzie Kelly|
|2017||Un Temps Pour Tout||8||9-1||David Pipe||Tom Scudamore|
|2016||Un Temps Pour Tout||7||11-1||David Pipe||Tom Scudamore|
|2015||The Druids Nephew||8||8-1||Neil Mulholland||Barry Geraghty|
|2014||Holywell||7||10-1||Jonjo O’Neill||Richie McLernon|
|2013||Golden Chieftain||8||28-1||Colin Tizzard||Brendan Powell|
|2012||Alfie Sherrin||9||14-1||Jonjo O’Neill||Richie McLernon|
|2011||Bensalem||8||5-1||Alan King||Robert Thornton|
|2010||Chief Dan George||10||33-1||James Moffatt||Paddy Aspell|
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You can watch The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.
Looking for the best Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy odds? Click here.
The highlight of day 1 is the The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy which has prize money of no less than £450,000. The 2019 winner of this race was Espoir D’Allen which went off at 16/1 and was ridden by Mark Walsh. This was trainers Gavin Cromwell’s first winner at the Cheltenham Festival and Espoir D’Allen was the first 5 year old to win the prize since 2008 when Katchit romped home. Prior to that, ‘See You Then’ was the previous 5 year old winner back in 1985. Espoir d’Allen stopped Nicky Henderson’s Buveur d’Air from winning the race in three consecutive years but this year it is Epatante who is the bookies short-priced favourite and is looking like the one to beat.
The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race has eight hurdles to be jumped over a distance of approximately 2 miles and ½ furlong.
Priced at 8/1, Saldier is our Unibet Champions Hurdle tip.
Previous winners of The Unibet Champions Hurdle Challenge Trophy include:
|2019||Espoir d’Allen||5||16-1||Gavin Cromwell||Mark Walsh|
|2018||Buveur D’Air||7||4-6F||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty|
|2017||Buveur D’Air||6||5-1||Nicky Henderson||Noel Fehily|
|2016||Annie Power||8||5-2F||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2015||Faugheen||7||4-5F||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2014||Jezki||6||9-1||Jessica Harrington||Barry Geraghty|
|2013||Hurricane Fly||9||13-8F||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2012||Rock On Ruby||7||11-1||Paul Nicholls||Noel Fehily|
|2011||Hurricane Fly||7||11-4F||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2010||Binocular||6||9-1||Nicky Henderson||Tony McCoy|
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You can watch The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.
Looking for the best Mares’ Hurdle odds? Click here.
The Mares’ Hurdle, which up until 2011 was known as the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt race open to mares aged four and over. The race is run over a distance of approximately 2 miles and 4 furlongs and features ten hurdles.
The Mares’ Hurdle was only introduced in 2008 and was initially held on the final day at The Cheltenham Festival before being moved to the opening day the year after. It was also initially a Grade 2 race before being upgraded to Grade 1 in 2015.
The 2019 winner of The Mares’ Hurdle was Roksana which was a 7 year old mare trained by Dan Skelton and ridden by his brother Harry Skelton. Odds-on favourite Benie Des Dieux (10/11 F) which was ridden by Ruby Walsh, looked set to claim the major prize in 2019 before the Willie Mullins trained horse fell at the final hurdle. The fall let Roksana take the lead and hold on over the finish line. The 2019 win was Harry Skelton’s second victory at The Festival. If Benie Des Dieux had gone on to win that race it would have been Ruby Walsh’s 9th victory in The Mares’ Hurdle in the 12 years it has been running.
Previous winners of The Mares’ Hurdle include:
|2019||Roksana||7||10-1||Dan Skelton||Harry Skelton|
|2018||Benie Des Dieux||7||9-2||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2017||Apple’s Jade||5||7-2||Gordon Elliott||Bryan Cooper|
|2016||Vroum Vroum Mag||7||4-6F||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2015||Glens Melody||7||6-1||Willie Mullins||Paul Townend|
|2014||Quevega||10||8-11F||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2013||Quevega||9||8-11F||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2012||Quevega||8||4-7F||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2011||Quevega||7||5-6F||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2010||Quevega||6||6-4F||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
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You can watch The Mares’ Hurdle live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.
Looking for the best Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase odds? Click here.
The Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase, or The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase as it is currently known as given that it is sponsored by Close Brothers Group, is a listed National Hunt steeplechase open to horses aged five and over. The race is run over a distance of approximately 2 miles and 4 ½ furlongs and features no less than 16 fences.
The Novices’ Handicap Chase was created in 2005 and was originally ran on the 4th and final day of The Festival until it was moved to the 3rd day when the British builders’ merchants Jewson sponsored the race. It remained a feature of the 3rd day until 2011 when it was moved to the opening day.
The 2019 Novices’ Handicap Chase was won by 5-year-old ‘A Plus Tard’ which was trained by Henry de Bromhead and ridden by Rachael Blackmore. The 5-1 favourite won the race by an impressive 16 lengths last year and gave Blackmore her first victory at The Festival.
Our expert tipsters have selected three potential winners for the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase. Take a look at them here.
Previous winners of The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase include:
|2019||A Plus Tard||5||5-1||Henry de Bromhead||Rachael Blackmore|
|2018||Mister Whitaker||6||13-2||Mick Channon||Brian Hughes|
|2017||Tully East||7||8-1||Alan Fleming||Denis O’Regan|
|2016||Ballyalton||9||12-1||Ian Williams||Brian Hughes|
|2015||Irish Cavalier||6||11-1||Rebecca Curtis||Paul Townend|
|2014||Present View||6||8-1||Jamie Snowden||Brendan Powell|
|2013||Rajdhani Express||6||16-1||Nicky Henderson||Sam Waley-Cohen|
|2012||Hunt Ball||7||13-2F||Keiran Burke||Nick Scholfield|
|2011||Divers||7||10-1||Ferdy Murphy||Graham Lee|
|2010||Copper Bleu||8||12-1||Philip Hobbs||Richard Johnson|
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Looking for the National Hunt Challenge Cup odds? Click here.
The National Hunt Challenge Cup is a Grade 2 National Hunt steeplechase which is open to horses aged 5 and over. It features 25 fences to be jumped and is run over a distance of approximately 3 miles and 7 ½ furlongs making it the longest race by distance on day 1 of the Cheltenham festival.
The 2019 winner of The National Hunt Challenge Cup was 7 year old Le Breuil which was trained by Ben Pauling and ridden by Jamie Codd. Sadly, the 2019 National Hunt Chase featured many fallers. One of which being favourite Ballyward which suffered a fatal injury. Well-backed Discorama which went off at 9-2, looked set to claim the prize before Le Breuil edged ahead in the final strides to win by just half a length. It was a two-horse race in the final stretch with the pair riding almost 50 lengths clear of the other runners.
Le Breuil went off at 14-1 in 2019 making him the joint 2nd highest odds horse to win the race with only Tiger Roll going off higher (16-1) and winning in 2017.
This year, we’ve selected Champagne Classic as our National Hunt Chase tip priced at a respectable 6/1.
Previous winners of The National Hunt Challenge Cup include:
|2019||Le Breuil||7||14-1||BenPauling||Jamie Codd|
|2018||Rathvinden||10||9/2||Willie Mullins||Patrick Mullins|
|2017||Tiger Roll||7||16/1||Gordon Elliott||Lisa O’Neill|
|2016||Minella Rocco||6||8/1||Jonjo O’Neill||Derek O’Connor|
|2015||Cause Of Causes||7||8/1||Gordon Elliott||Jamie Codd|
|2014||Midnight Prayer||9||8/1||Alan King||Joshua Newman|
|2013||Back In Focus||8||9/4F||Willie Mullins||Patrick Mullins|
|2012||Teaforthree||8||5/1F||Rebecca Curtis||JT McNamara|
|2011||Chicago Grey||8||5/1F||Gordon Elliott||Derek O’Connor|
|2010||Poker De Sivola||7||14/1||Ferdy Murphy||Katie Walsh|
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That concludes our round-up for day 1 of The 2020 Cheltenham Festival. Click to view our Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Guide or view the latest 2020 Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers.