Cheltenham Festival Day 1 betting guide – Champion Day

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The anticipation is over and the Cheltenham Festival begins on Tuesday, March 10. The start of the first race is accompanied by the famous Cheltenham Roar. The feature race is the Champion Hurdle at 3.30pm.

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Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

1:30pm – Grade 1 – 2m 87y – £125,000

Cheltenham Old Course, for horses aged four and older with eight hurdles. Horses carry 11-07 except four-year-olds (10-13), seven-pound allowance for fillies and mares.

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle recent winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer SP
2010 Menorah Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs +1200
2011 Al Ferof Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls +1000
2012 Cinders And Ashes Jason Maguire Donald McCain +1000
2013 Champagne Fever Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins +500
2014 Vautour Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins +550
2015 Douvan Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins +200
2016 Altior Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson +400
2017 Labiak Jack Kennedy Gordon Elliot +2500
2018 Summerville Boy Noel Fehily Tom George +900
2019 Klassical Dream Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins +600

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 10-year betting trends

  • Average price of winners: Almost +700.
  • Range of starting prices: +200 to +1200.
  • Number of outright and joint favourites: Two.
  • Odds-on favourites: None.
  • Double-figure priced winners: four.
  • Most common range of odds: Four winners from +400 to +600.
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Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 10-year race trends

  • British-trained winners: Five.
  • Irish-trained winners: Five.
  • Most common age: Five and Six.
  • Weight range: All Carried 11-0.
  • Leading jockey (wins): Ruby Walsh (five).
  • Leading trainer (wins): Willie Mullins (four).

Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase

2:10pm – Grade 1 – 1m 7f 199y – £175,000

Cheltenham Old Course, for horses aged five and older with 13 fences. All horses carry 11-04 except fillies and mares (10-11).

Arkle Novices’ Chase recent winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer SP
2010 Sizing Europe AE Lynch Henry de Bromhead +600
2011 Captain Chris Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs +600
2012 Sprinter Sacre Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson -137.49
2013 Simonsig Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson -187.51
2014 Western Warhorse Tom Scudamore David Pipe +3300
2015 Un De Sceaux Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins -149.99
2016 Douvan Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins -400
2017 Altior Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson -400
2018 Footpad Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins -120
2019 Duc De Genieves Paul Townend Willie Mullins +500

Arkle Novices’ Chase 10-year betting trends

  • Average price of winners: Over +500.
  • Range of starting prices: -400 to +3300.
  • Number of outright and joint favourites: Six.
  • Odds-on favourites: Six.
  • Double-figure priced winners: One.
  • Most common range of odds: Six Winners from -400 to -120.

Arkle Novices’ Chase 10-year race trends

  • British-trained winners: Five.
  • Irish-trained winners: Five.
  • Most common age: Six.
  • Weight range: 11-04 to 11-07.
  • Leading jockey (wins): Ruby Walsh (three).
  • Leading trainer (wins): Willie Mullins (five).

Ultima Handicap Chase

2:50pm – Grade 3 – 3m 1f – £110,000

Cheltenham Old Course, for horses aged five and older with 20 fences. This is a handicap and horses carry 10-00 to 11-12.

Handicap Chase recent winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer SP
2010 Chief Dan George Paddy Aspell James Moffatt +3300
2011 Bensalem Robert Thornton Alan King +500
2012 Elfie Sherri Richie McLennan Jonjo O’Neill +1400
2013 Golden Chieftain Brendan Powell Colin Tizzard +2800
2014 Holywell Richie McLennan Jonjo O’Neill +1000
2015 The Druids Nephew Barry Geraghty Neil Mulholland +800
2016 Un Temps Pour Tout Tom Scudamore David Pipe +1100
2017 Un Temps Pour Tout Tom Scudamore David Pipe +1100
2018 Coo Star Sevilla Lizzie Kelly Nick Williams +500
2019 Beware The Bear Jeremiah McGrath Nicky Henderson +1000

Handicap Chase 10-year betting trends

  • Average price of winners: over +1300.
  • Range of starting prices: +500 to +3300.
  • Number of outright and joint favourites: one.
  • Odds-on favourites: none.
  • Double-figure priced winners: six.
  • Most common range of odds: four winners from +900 to +1100.

Handicap Chase 10-year race trends

  • British-trained winners: 10.
  • Irish-trained winners: none.
  • Most common age: eight.
  • Weight range: 10-01 to 11-12.
  • Leading jockey (wins): Richie McLernon and Tom Scudamore (two).
  • Leading trainer (wins): Jonjo O’Neill and David Pipe (two).

Unibet Champion Hurdle

3:30pm – Grade 1 – 2m 87y – £450,000

Cheltenham Old Course, for horses aged four and older with eight hurdles. All horses carry 11-10 except four-year-olds (11-02), seven-pound allowance for fillies and mares.

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Champion Hurdle recent results

Year Horse Jockey Trainer SP
2010 Binocular AP McCoy Nicky Henderson +900
2011 Hurricane Fly Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins +275
2012 Rock On Ruby Noel Fehily Paul Nicholls +1100
2013 Hurricane Fly Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins +162.5
2014 Jezki Barry Geraghty John Harrington +900
2015 Faugheen Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins -125
2016 Annie Power Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins +250
2017 Buveur D’Air Noel Fehily Nicky Henderson +500
2018 Buveur D’Air Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson -149.99
2019 Espoir D’Allen Mark Walsh Gavin Cromwell +1600

Champion Hurdle 10-year betting trends

  • Average price of winners: almost +600.
  • Range of starting prices: -149.99 to +1600.
  • Number of outright and joint favourites: five.
  • Odds-on favourites: two.
  • Double-figure priced winners: two.
  • Most common range of odds: five winners from -149.99 to +275.

Champion Hurdle 10-year race trends

  • British-trained winners: four.
  • Irish-trained winners: six.
  • Most common age: seven.
  • Weight range: 11-03 to 11-10.
  • Leading jockey (wins): Ruby Walsh (four).
  • Leading trainer (wins): Willie Mullins (four).

David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle

4:10pm – Grade 1 – 2m 3f 200y – £120,000

Cheltenham Old Course, for mares aged four and older with 10 hurdles. All horses carry 11-05 except 4-y-o’s who carry 10-10.
10 Year Records

Year Horse Jockey Trainer SP
2010 Quevaga Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins +150
2011 Quevaga Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins -120
2012 Quevaga Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins -175.01
2013 Quevaga Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins -137.49
2014 Quevaga Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins -137.49
2015 Glens Melody Paul Townend Willie Mullins +600
2016 Vroum Vroum Mag Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins -149.99
2017 Apples’ Jade Bryan Cooper Gordon Elliott +350
2018 Benie Des Dieux Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins +450
2019 Roskana Harry Skelton Dan Skelton +1000

Mares’ Hurdle 10-year betting trends

  • Average price of winners: almost +300.
  • Range of starting prices: -175.01 to +1000.
  • Number of outright and joint favourites: six.
  • Odds-on favourites: four.
  • Double-figure priced winners: one.
  • Most common range of odds: five winners from -175.01 to -120.

Mares’ Hurdle 10-year race trends

  • British-trained winners: one.
  • Irish-trained winners: nine.
  • Most common age: seven.
  • Weight range: all winners carried 11-05.
  • Leading jockey (wins): Ruby Walsh (seven).
  • Leading trainer (wins): Willie Mullins (eight).

Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase

4:50pm – Listed – 2m 4f 44y – £70,000

Cheltenham Old Course, for horses aged five and older with 16 fences. The race is a handicap so horses carry a range of weights from 10-00 to 12-00.

Novices’ Handicap Chase recent winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer SP
2010 Copper Bleu Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs +1200
2011 Divers Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy +275
2012 Hunt Ball Nick Schofield Keiran Burke +650
2013 Rajdhani Express Sam Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson +1600
2014 Present View Brendan Powell Jamie Snowden +800
2015 Irish Cavalier Paul Townend Rebecca Curtis +1100
2016 Ballyalton Brian Hughes Ian Williams +1200
2017 Tully East Denis O’Regan Alan Fleming +800
2018 Mister Whitaker Brian Hughes Mick Channon +650
2019 A Plus Tard Rachael Blackmore Henry de Bromhead +500

Novices’ Handicap Chase 10-year betting trends

  • Average price of winners: almost +900.
  • Range of Starting Prices: +275 to +1600.
  • Number of outright and joint favourites: two.
  • Odds-on favourites: none.
  • Double-figure priced winners: four.
  • Most common range of odds: four winners from +650 to +800.

Novices’ Handicap Chase 10-year race trends

  • British-trained winners: eight.
  • Irish-trained winners: two.
  • Most common age: six.
  • Weight range: 11-01 to 12-00.
  • Leading jockey (wins): Brian Hughes (two).
  • Leading trainer (wins): no multiple-winning trainer.

National Hunt Chase (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase)

5:30pm – Grade 2 – 3m 7f 147y – £125,000

Cheltenham Old Course, for horses aged five and older with 16 fences. Horses carry 11-06 except five-year-olds (11-04), seven-pound allowance for mares.

National Hunt Chase recent winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer SP
2010 Poker De Sivola Katie Walsh Ferdy Murphy +1400
2011 Chicago Grey Derek O’Connor Gordon Elliott +500
2012 Teaforthree JT McNamara Rebecca Curtis +500
2013 Back In Focus Patrick Mullins Willie Mullins +225
2014 Midnight Prayer Joshua Newman Alan King +800
2015 Causes Of Causes Jamie Codd Gordon Elliott +800
2016 Minella Rocco Derek O’Connor Jonjo O’Neill +800
2017 Tiger Roll Lisa O’Neill Gordon Elliott +1600
2018 Rathvinden Patrick Mullins Willie Mullins +450
2019 Le Breuil Jamie Codd Ben Pauling +1400

National Hunt Chase 10-year betting trends

  • Average price of winners: over +800.
  • Range of starting prices: +225 to +1600.
  • Number of outright and joint favourites: three.
  • Odds-on favourites: none.
  • Double-figure priced winners: three.
  • Most common range of odds: five winners from +500 to +800.

National Hunt Chase 10-year race trends

  • British-trained winners: five.
  • Irish-trained winners: five.
  • Most common age: seven.
  • Weight range: all winners carried 11-06.
  • Leading jockey (wins): Derek O’Connor, Patrick Mullins and Jamie Codd (two).
  • Leading trainer (wins): Gordon Elliott (three).

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