Cheltenham 2017 Day One Tips
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (13:30 Cheltenham)
For the opener every day at Cheltenham, I suggest you take up Sky Bet’s offer. You can get your stake back up to £20 as a free bet if your selection were to lose, it’s a no brainer! You can also get money back if you’re 2nd in the first five races every day with Paddy Power. As for my selection, I’m going for River Wylde. He’s three from three over Hurdles and finished really well last time out when winning a Grade 2 at Kempton. I like Ballyandy, but at the prices I have to go with Altior’s stablemate, who I think looks value at 8/1.
13:30 Cheltenham – River Wylde – BEST PRICE 8/1 with Paddy Power
Arkle (14:10 Cheltenham)
I was intending to choose a horse to go each way here in the without Altior market or to choose a horse for a forecast. The field is so weak that I can’t look even choose a horse with certainly that I fancy to finish behind Altior. As long as he stays upright, I see Altior smashing the field to dust but I won’t be touching him at odds of 1/4.
Ultima Handicap Chase (14:50 Cheltenham)
The handicaps at Cheltenham are always trappy races and I’ve tried to pick out a couple of longer priced horses to put in an each-way double. The first of these is Label Des Obeaux. He won his two races and I prefer him over Singlefarmpayment at the prices. He’s won at this trip before and I’m pretty confident backing him each-way.
14:50 Cheltenham – Label Des Obeaux – BEST PRICE 22/1 with Betfair
Champion Hurdle (15:30 Cheltenham)
I’m going with Yanworth for this year’s Champion Hurdle. He’s won three on the spin and looks in the absolute form of his life of late. His jumping left a little bit to be desired last time out but I’m expecting him to notch up a four-timer around what it is a stiffer track.
15:30 Cheltenham – Yanworth – BEST PRICE 11/4 with Sky Bet
Mares’ Hurdle (16:10 Cheltenham)
I think that the Mares’ Hurdle is one of the races that I’m looking forward to the most at this year’s festival. There are some class horses on show but I can’t look beyond Vroum Vroum Mag. Under Mullins she has recorded 12 wins from 13 runs. Ruby Walsh has chosen Limini over her, which is why I think she is favourite. I think he’s made the wrong choice and I’m confident enough to back her outright.
16:10 Cheltenham – Vroum Vroum Mag – BEST PRICE 11/4 with Paddy Power
JT McNamara NH Challenge (16:50 Cheltenham)
Over a 4 mile trip, any horse that could win a race like this will need to have a lot of stamina. Arpege D’Alene is a horse that has shown signs of having plenty of that when having run at Cheltenham. I think he can be forgiven for his blip last time out at Ascot, where his jumping just wasn’t that good and quickly left him in trouble. He certainly likes it better around this track. He’s 11 pounds better than any horse in the field on Top Speed ratings and he’s definitely worth a few quid at any of the bookmakers offering four places.
16:50 Cheltenham – Arpege D’Alene – BEST PRICE 12/1 with Paddy Power
Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap (17:30 Cheltenham)
Captain Redbeard is another one of my big each-way double picks and looks a massive price at 22/1 but is exactly the type of horse you want in a handicap such as this. He’s won his last two and yes, this is a tough ask but I don’t think it’s too much to ask of him to place in four. He’s shown he can do it over this going last twice and I don’t see the trip being a problem at all.
17:30 Cheltenham – Captain Redbeard – BEST PRICE 22/1 with Paddy Power
13:30 Cheltenham £20 single on River Wylde at 7/1 with Sky Bet (money back if loser)
16:10 Cheltenham £20 single on Vroum Vroum Mag at 11/4 with Paddy Power (money back if 2nd)
£20 each way double on Yanworth (15:30) and Arpege D’Alene (16:50)
£20 each way double on Label Des Obeaux (14:50) and Captain Redbeard (17:30)
All odds are correct at the time of posting.