Tips for Cheltenham Tuesday, March 12th, 2024
Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival is known as ‘Champions Day’, and its feature race is the Champion Hurdle, which is due off at 3:30pm.
Read below to find out our best Cheltenham Day 1 Betting Tips.
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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 Freebets’ stable of horse racing experts will share all their insights and free Cheltenham betting tips on these pages.
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Below, you will find more detailed information on all seven Cheltenham Day 1 (Champion Day) races with runners, racecard info and the latest Cheltenham betting odds on some of the leading contenders.
|Time||Champion Day Races - Cheltenham Day 1 - Tuesday 12th March|
|1:30pm||Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race|
|2:10pm||Arkle Challenge Trophy|
|2:50pm||Ultima Handicap Chase|
|4:50pm||Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle|
|5:30pm||National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup|
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
The opening race on day one of the festival, the curtain raiser and tone setter. A race that often throws up a Champion Hurdle prospect for the following year, as we saw last year with Constitution Hill winning this race. Will Facile Vega be the next to do that? Check out our Supreme Novice Hurdle Tips.
Arkle Challenge Trophy
A fast and furious test of jumping, two miles and the bigger obstacles. Often seen as the stepping stone to Wednesday’s feature race, the Champion Chase, it’s a race to enjoy and watch both on the day, but also for the future. Check out our Arkle Novice Chase Tips.
Ultima Handicap Chase
The first fiercely competitive Cheltenham handicap for punters to solve. This is often a race where the odd Grand National contender pops up, so one for the future, as well as trying to solve and find the winner on the day. Check out our Ultima Handicap Chase Tips and betting offers.
The day one feature race, two miles, a speed test for hurdlers, but the Cheltenham hill also brings stamina into the equation. We’ve seen some greats over the years, and this time around Constitution Hill looks to write his name into the history books as being the next great winner. Check out our Champion Hurdle Tips and odds.
Mares’ Hurdle Betting
A race introduced for the girls and this time around, we’ve got a potentially great clash lined up between two former Champion Hurdle winners. Honeysuckle comes in looking to win again at the festival, and she’ll have Epatante to take on, another former winner of the big one, in what should be a great renewal. Check out our Mares Hurdle Tips and betting offers.
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Betting
The only 4yo handicap of the meeting, a race for those not quite good enough to get into the Triumph Hurdle on Friday. Having said that, the quality level of this race has taken a huge turn recently, with Grade One contenders coming from it. Check out our Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Tips, odds and betting offers.
National Hunt Chase Betting
The closing race on day one of the meeting, a real stamina test that has in the past provided both Gold Cup and Grand National contenders. The race is limited to amateur riders, adding another dimension, and it’s a big closing contest for punters to try and solve.. Check out our National Hunt Chase Tips, odds and betting offers for this race.
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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 1.30pm 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 5:30pm.
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Who won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham?
Last year in 2022, Rachael Blackmore won the Champion Hurdle aboard Honeysuckle (8/11 fav) for trainer Henry de Bromhead.
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 2023, it will be on Tuesday, 14th 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 3.30pm.