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Champion Day is the start of the Cheltenham Festival and is on Tuesday March 16th 2021. Usually, famed for the “Cheltenham Roar”, as the excitement that has bottled up amongst the 65,000+ in attendance is released sadly it won't be the same this year, as we all sit at home to watch the action from Cheltenham Racecourse.
There are still 7 races for us to enjoy, with the first being the Supreme Novices Hurdle getting us underway at 1.30pm. The big race of the day is the Champion Hurdle, where we saw last year, Epatante romp home with a lead of 3 lengths!
A change to the line up on day 1 sees the penultimate race become the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (traditionally on Day 2). These changes were made to accomodate a new race on the final day of Cheltenham (Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Steeple Chase).
Cheltenham Day 1 tips
You’ll find in-depth analysis, antepost bets plus trends and statistics for the last 12 years for every single race here:
- Cheltenham Supreme Novices Hurdle
- Cheltenham Arkle Chase
- Cheltenham Ultima Handicap Chase
- Cheltenham Champion Hurdle
- Cheltenham Mares Hurdle
- Cheltenham Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
- Cheltenham National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
As these articles are written in advance of the 2021 Festival, the likely contenders are expected to change as we get closer to Champion Day. The picture also starts to get much clearer as we approach the festival, with trainers starting to show their cards in the weeks leading up to Day 1.
To get Keith’s very latest, up-to-date thoughts on the Day 1 card, and his final Cheltenham Day 1 tips, you will need to be a VIP member or one of our special Cheltenham members, and then Keith will email you the full Day 1 tips on the morning of Champion Day.
Keith Bond is our resident pro tipster here at FRT Towers. Keith lives and breathes horse racing, having begun his love of horse racing over 40 years ago with a part time job at Catterick Racecourse, as one of three fourteen year-olds looking after two jumps and a hurdle.
Over the years, Keith has been a regular at the northern tracks attending countless race meetings and building up a network of contacts, and a portfolio of systems and strategies.
He was one of the co-founders of Free Racing Tips all the way back in 2008, and his free tips are now backed by more than seventy thousand FRT members every single day.
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Cheltenham Day 1 tips – How did we do?
1.20pm – METIER– not the strongest of starts for our tips, Metier chased leaders, outpaced after 3 out, well beaten from next, eased before last to finish in 7th place.
1.55pm – SHISHKIN – first winner of the festival for Keith with Shishkin who tracked leader until settled off the pace in 3rd place at 2nd, closer at 5th, travelling strongly before challenged 3 out, soon led, clear before next, 10 lengths ahead last, impressive winner.
2.30pm – PYM – started off strong, led until 10th, led 13th, headed and not fluent 14th, not fluent next, lost place after 4 out, well beaten 3 out to finish in 11th place.
3.05 – ABRACADABRAS – our first faller of the festival, Abracadabras was held up towards rear of mid-division, fell 3rd
3.40pm – CONCERTISTA – held up in mid-division, headway after 7th, mistake and went 2nd 2 out, led before not fluent last, driven flat, headed last strides but couldn't do enough and finished 2nd place.
4.15pm – JEFF KIDDER – well we have to shout about an 80/1 winner! 66/1 when Keith first advised and drifted to 80/1 Jeff Kidder waited with in mid-division, steady headway and switched right before 2 out, weaved way through between horses approaching the last, challenged last, ridden to lead run-in, quickened clear – great ride and a great result for Keith – 2021 Cheltenham Festival will be in profit for our members.
4.50pm – REMASTERED – led, hit 4 out, headed after 3 out, lost 4th and weakened from last to finish in 5th place.
Keith’s Cheltenham Day 1 tips started off with the Supreme Novices Hurdle, his selection ASTERION FORLONGE led most of the way and jumped right at the hurdles throughout the race headed and outpaced approaching the last he faded to fourth.
Our Arkle selection performed poorly weakening from 3 out and finishing sixth.
VINTAGE CLOUDS in the Ultima disputed the lead until the ninth then weakened away tamely.
In the Champion Hurdle PENTLAND HILLS quite simply was never traveling and finished well down the field.
BENIE DES DIEUX stayed on strongly in the Mares Hurdle but had to settle for second best behind HONEYSUCKLE.
The Novices Handicap Chase brought a much needed winner when IMPERIAL AURA stayed on strongly to score by 3½ lengths.
CAREFULLY SELECTED looked like getting at least a place in the National Hunt Challenge Cup when unseating at the last.
Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Results
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
The Arkle Chase
The Ultima Handicap Chase
The Champion Hurdle
The Mares’ Hurdle
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
National Hunt Chase
Cheltenham Festival Tuesday
|13:30||The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race||2m abt ½f||Hurdle|
|14:10||The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase||abt 2m||Chase|
|14:50||The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase||3m abt 1f||Chase|
|15:30||The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy|
|2m abt ½f||Hurdle|
|16:10||The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race||2m abt 4f||Hurdle|
|16:50||The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race (Grade 3)||2m abt 4½f||Chase|
|17:30||The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) (Grade 2)||3m abt 6f||Chase|
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