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Cheltenham Day 1 Tips - Champions Day Overview


Cheltenham Day 1 – Tuesday 15th March 2022

Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival is known as ‘Champions Day’ and its feature race is the Unibet Champion Hurdle which is due off at 3.05pm. Read below to find out our best Cheltenham Betting Tips.

£330,000 in prize money is on offer for the two-mile contest, which has been won by some wonderful horses. Last year’s winner, Honeysuckle, looked a superstar and is top-priced 4/5 favourite with bet365* to make it back-to-back Champion Hurdles. However, he will have many challenges from the likes of Sharjah, Epatante and Ferny Hollow.

Cheltenham Day 1 Schedule & Racecards

Below you will find more detailed information on all seven races of Cheltenham Day 1 (Champion Day) with runners, racecard info and the latest Cheltenham 2022 betting odds on some of the race’s leading contenders. We also give you our early Cheltenham tips and even a lively outsider bet for each race – there are always lots of big odds winners at the Festival!

TimeChampion Day Races – Cheltenham Day 1 Tuesday 15th MarchTypeRacecardsWinner 2021
13.30Supreme Novices’ Hurdle RaceHurdleRacecardsAppreciate It 8/11 Fav
14.10Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple ChaseChaseRacecardsShishkin 4/9 Fav
14.50Ultima Handicap Steeple ChaseChaseRacecardsVintage Clouds 28/1
15.30Champion Hurdle Challenge TrophyHurdleRacecardsHoneysuckle 11/10 Fav
16.10The Mares’ Hurdle RaceHurdleRacecardsBlack Tears 11/1
16.50Boodles Juvenile Handicap HurdleHurdleRacecardsJeff Kidder 80/1
17.30National Hunt Chase Challenge CupChaseRacecardsGalvin 7/212/1

*Subject to ante-post terms, other prices available for NRNB markets. Odds correct at the time of posting.

Cheltenham Day 1 Betting Tips

The Cheltenham Festival is a betting bonanza. More than half-a-billion pounds are expected to change hands over four days of action and 28 races this March. Everybody loves to back a winner at Cheltenham, and Freebet’s stable of horse racing experts will share all their insights and free Cheltenham betting tips on these pages. For every Cheltenham race, our racing analysts thoroughly examine the form, statistics and patterns to spot trends that can help identify value winners. Our site also features the best free Cheltenham bets and promotions as they appear.

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The day’s racing starts with the Skybet Supreme Novice Hurdle. The tapes will rise to the customary ‘Cheltenham roar’ at 1.20pm and while everyone will be hoping to back the winner, all will be aware of this race’s reputation as a champion maker.

Altior, Douvan, Vautour and Honeysuckle are all recent winners of the ‘Supreme’ and they came back to the Festival to win races like the Racing Post Arkle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Ryanair Chase.

Other races on Day 1 of the Festival include the Arkle Challenge Trophy, the Mares Hurdle, and the National Hunt Challenge Cup for amateur jockeys to close proceedings at 4.50pm.

FAQs

Who won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham?

Last year, Rachael Blackmore won the Champion Hurdle aboard Honeysuckle (11/10 fav) for trainer Henry de Bromhead to become the first female rider to do so. Other recent winners are Epatante (2020), Espoir D’Allen (2019), and Buveur d'Air won it in 2018 and 2017.

What day is the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham?

The Champion Hurdle is the feature race on the opening day of the four-day Cheltenham Festival. In 2022, it will be on Tuesday, 15th March.

When is the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham?

The Champion Hurdle is the fourth race on the Cheltenham Festival Day 1 card with a scheduled off-time of 3.05pm.