Tuesday 13, March 2018
Face the Race: Day 1 Previews
Cheltenham 2018 is under way and first up, as always, is the much anticipated Champion Day.
Champion Day marks the Champion Hurdle, which involves 6 different races. All of these take place on the same day: March 13th. These are the following:
The Supreme Novice’s Hurdle Race
This Grade 1 race involves just over 2 miles of distance, and features horses just kicking off their careers in racing. It will take start off at 13:30. As the name indicates, it is a hurdle race. The top favourite for this year is Getabird (Bet365 Odds: 2/1 - Timestamp: 12:50AM).
Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
Named after the legendary racer, Mr Arkle, this race also covers around 2 miles of distance. It starts at 14:10 and features horses that are 5 years or older. Favourite horses for this second race are Footpad (Bet365 Odds: 10/11 - Timestamp: 12:50AM) and Petit Mouchoir (Bet365 Odds: 4/1 - Timestamp: 12:50AM).
Baylis and Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase
Scheduled at 14:50, this race is a Grade 3 race and goes over 3 miles. It is an extremely competitive race, as it brings together some of the best handicappers in horse-racing.
Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge
Another Grade 1 hurdle race, but this one starts at 15:30 and lasts 2 miles. The favourites for 2018 include Buveur Dair (Bet365 Odds: 8/13 - Timestamp: 12:50AM) and Melon (Bet365 Odds: 16/1 - Timestamp: 12:50AM).
The OLBG Mares Hurdle
Mares Hurdle is set for 2 miles and has nine hurdles. It starts at 16:10. Currently, the favourite is Apple's Jade (Bet365 Odds: 8/13 - Timestamp: 12:50AM).
National Hunt Chase
Potentially one of the most entertaining races, the National Hunt Chase goes on for 4 miles. To top it off – only amateur jockeys qualify. It starts at 16:50, and so far the favourite points to Mossback (Bet365 Odds: 11/2 - Timestamp: 12:50AM).
Novice Handicap Chase
Closing the races for the first day, the Novice Handicap Chase starts at 17:30. It’s considered to be one of the more thrilling races in the Festival.
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Cheltenham is the undoubted home of National Hunt (jumps) racing in Britain & Ireland and its showpiece event is the Cheltenham Festival, held over four days in March. Outside the Festival, 'The Showcase' meeting in October and 'The Open' meeting in November are not far behind the festival itself in terms of competitiveness and excitement.
There are actually three courses in one at Cheltenham: the Old Course, New Course and Cross-Country Course. The golden rule is concentrate on those horses with previous form at Cheltenham as not all horses take to the unique track.