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It's finally here! Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. Find my best bets and tips for day 1 as well as links to racecards below.
Yesterday saw us land one winner from the four selections, not great, and resulting in a small loss if you spent the same stake on all singles, as Kansas City Chief won at a drifted price of 5/2 with a cracking front running performance. I love that horse, as he tries his heart out every time without fail, and still loves the game at the grand old age of 13.
The greatest show on turf is here once again, and I'm sure you flat fans will argue that name is taken by Royal Ascot, but not in my eyes, Cheltenham is by far the best week of racing. As most of you will know by now, I do prefer the jumps, so this week is like a kid at Christmas, we've had a decent couple of months on the thread, which has hopefully built up a decent little pot, and I'm hoping we (Including Cairnzy) can increase that this week.
I've done previews for each individual race of the Festival, so there won't be as much of a write-up on the daily post, more of what the selection is in the race, and a link to redirect you to the specific race where you can get your brew and have a read of what I've had to say. A fair amount of effort has gone into the previews, and the studying of each race, so please do have a read, and if you have any pointers/feedback on how I can improve them for the next couple of days, put them in the comments.
1:30 – Supreme Novices' Hurdle
After delving into the race, and thinking about it tactically, I think KILCRUIT could be the value in the race. Yes, he hasn’t got off to the career over hurdles that 99% of us expected, but it doesn’t mean his career is over. This runner-up in the Champion bumper in 2021 at Cheltenham still has bags of ability, and there’s no doubt in my mind that he is a Grade 1 horse, whether that is today or not, we’ll have to see.
2:10 – The Arkle Challenge Trophy
I think you can give a chance to HAUT EN COULEURS in this race. He has only raced twice over fences, which resulted in a fall last time out, in the same race Blue Lord, Saint Sam and Rivier D’etel were competing in, but I’m willing to forgive him for that. I think this race could set up beautifully for this horse. He is a keen goer, so the fact that there is a fair amount of front runners will make this a good test of stamina and will allow him to settle.
2:50 – The Ultima Handicap Chase
The British have won this race for the last ten years (could be more, but I can only see the last ten), and the main contingencies from the British in my opinion is, CORACH RAMBLER. I love this horse, and I’ve tipped him up on the thread three times now, which has resulted in a win, a place and fall. I think he has so much untapped potential, and when I saw him win at Cheltenham earlier in the year, I instantly thought that’s an Ultima horse, and here we are.
The Irish horse which got my attention is BEN DUNDEE, trained by the small outfit of Andrew Lynch. This lad hasn’t been seen since running a belter at Leopardstown, where he finished second in a €100k handicap. The fact he’s been put away for so long suggests this has been the plan for a long time, and they’ve put him away to keep his handicap markdown, then running him again, and potentially ruining that.
- Both Advised: Corach Rambler (Each Way) 10/1 & Ben Dundee (Each Way) 16/1 The Pools
- 🏇 Read my full Ultima Handicap Preview here
3:30 Unibet Champion Hurdle
I think the interesting runner of the field, who will more than likely be outclassed but has the right to be in this field and test his luck is TOMMY’S OSCAR. Obviously, this is a huge step up in grade for Tommy’s Oscar, but the way he has been winning suggests he deserves to take his chance at Cheltenham. If he could finish in the places, that would be a great story, and at the odds of 33/1+ I will be having a very small EW bet on him.
- Advised: Tommy's Oscar (Small bet Each Way) 33/1 The Pools
- 🏇 Read my full Champion Hurdle Preview here
4:10 – Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle
A strong pace is what QUEENS BROOK will want, as she looks a thorough stayer on this trip. She might’ve wanted the ground slightly slower than what she’ll get, but the strong pace on offer and the stiff track will hopefully counter that and play to her strengths. She is my play in this race, and I tipped her up a few weeks ago, where she was given a terrible ride, all things considered. That run was clearly a prep run for this race, and I was convinced she would run very well in this, after watching that display at Punchestown.
4:50 – Boodles Juvenile Handicap
Gordon Elliot has been sneaky in the past, winning this race with Veneer Of Charm at odds of 33/1 back in 2018. I think EBASARI has taken a similar route as that horse. They both won a maiden race, then ran stinkers in between the Cheltenham race, and on his last race, I think it was fairly evident that Davy Russell wasn’t full trying to win at Naas, in the race which was won by Brazil. This is Davy Russel’s only ride on Day 1, which is interesting in itself. I will have a small play on this horse.
- Advised: Ebasari (Small bet Each Way – this race is a total minefield) 12/1 The Pools
- 🏇 Read my full Boodles Juvenile Handicap Preview here
5:30 – National Hunt Chase
VANILLIER is a horse with ability, as we all saw at last year's Cheltenham Festival when he romped home in the Albert Bartlett, beating Pats Fancy and Stattler, and beating them by many lengths. On pure ability, you’d have to say this lad has the most, but since that win at Cheltenham, he has struggled over fences. His jumping has been sticky, and not up to scratch, but I think this longer trip will suit and will aid his jumping.Cheltenham Day 4 Tips and Racecard
⭕️ 1.30 JCB Triumph Hurdle Preview, Tips and Racecard
⭕️ 2.10 Mccoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle Preview, Tips and Racecard
⭕️ 2.50 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Preview, Tips and Racecard
⭕️ 3.30 Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase Preview, Tips and Racecard
⭕️ 4.10 Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase Preview, Tips and Racecard
⭕️ 4.50 Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Chase Hurdle Preview, Tips and Racecard
⭕️ 5.30 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle Preview, Tips and Racecard
⭕️ Cairnzy's Cheltenham Tips: Fil Dor Can Get Punters Off to a Flyer on Friday!
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