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Cheltenham is less than a month away and fans are starting to get impatient for the most-awaited horse racing of the year. The list of the horses participating is still not out yet which means you can participate in the ante-post betting. The schedule for Day 1 is available with the details of the races. The feature race of the day, Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge, names the day as Champion Day. This article has all the Cheltenham Day 1 odds for your favorite horses.
To start the festival, the gates will open at 10:30 to welcome the guests to a thrilling 4-day event. There is more than just one reason to visit Cheltenham. Other than the races, there are plenty of other entertainment options available. Introduction of The Park is opening up several more ways of entertainment, for instance, live music, street food stalls, etc. This among many other factors makes Cheltenham the biggest horse racing event globally.
Cheltenham Day 1 Odds – Supreme Novices Hurdle
Cheltenham festival’s traditional initiation race, Supreme Novices Hurdle race, will begin at 13:30. The race will consist of eight hurdles which are of considerable moderate difficulty. The distance is around 2 miles and about ½ furlong. Previously, Klassical Dream won the race in a spectacular show making trainer Willie Mullins the most successful trainer after Cheltenham 2019.
Ante-post betting for Cheltenham Day 1 is available with odds for horses that will most likely make the cut for the actual race. Online sportsbook sites in the UK suggest that Nicky Henderson with his horse, Shishkin might stand a higher chance than the rest. Following are the odds for the Supreme Novices Hurdle race:
Cheltenham Day 1 Odds – Arkle Challenge
First of all, the Arkle Challenge will follow the Supreme Novices, which will be approximately a similar distance of 2 miles. The race is a chase race with thirteen fences as obstacles. In addition, the most recent horse to win is another of Mullins’ horses Duc Des Genievres. The winners of Arkle are famous for setting a precedent to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase the following year. Recently, Altior is known to accomplish this feat in 2018.
Nicky Henderson is once again famous for being the most successful trainer in regard to the Arkle Challenge. However this year, Henry De Bromhead with his horse Notebook is most likely to take home the Trophy.
|Esprit Du Large||13.00|
Cheltenham Day 1 Odds – Festival Handicap Chase
The Handicap Chase will begin at 14:50 and will set grounds for the feature race. In sponsorship with Ultima Business Solutions, the Handicap chase is the second-longest race of day 1. Around 3m and 1 furlong, this race has a prize of £110,000.
Odds for Festival Handicap Chase are available on Unibet:
|Rock The Kasbah||10.00|
The Unibet Champion Hurdle Race Trophy
Behold, one of the most prestigious and biggest betting races of the Jump season: Champion Hurdle. This Unibet sponsored race will begin at 15:30 and will be the beginning of the most popular races yet to come. The highest prize money award of Champion Day is also held by Unibet Champion Hurdle. The total is a whopping £450,000. The Gold Cup which is held in the same regard will feature on the fourth day and has exciting odds for Cheltenham 2020.
Mullins horse, Benie Des Dieux will be taking part and is naturally already gathering impressive reviews on the online sportsbook news in the UK. For further odds on the feature race, check out this list:
|Benie Des Dieux||8.00|
David Nicholson’s Mares Hurdle
As the name suggests, this is a Mares only race with ten hurdles on a course which is 2m and 4f. Essentially this race is popular with the horse named Quevega who was Mullins prize horse winning him 6 consecutive wins. This year will not go differently for the Irish trainer who has Benie running as the ideal betting choice.
|Benie Des Dieux||1.73|
The National Hunt Steeplechase Challenge
Day 1 at Cheltenham will conclude with the National Hunt race which will begin at 17:30. The race is the oldest race in Cheltenham history. On top of this, it is the longest race of Day 1, almost 3m and 6f.
Recently, the winners list consists of two recurring trainer names: Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliot. Both seemingly multiplying their chances of victory each year. Meanwhile, wagering odds have both these names at the top for the National Hunt. Consequently Carefully Selected being in training with Mullins and Champagne Classic with Eliot made the cut.
|Two for Gold||13.00|
|Lord Du Mesnil||26.00|
Furthermore, for tips on how to bet on Cheltenham 2020, check out this article: 2020 Cheltenham Betting Tips.