We are just hours away from Day One of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, so I thought I’d quickly make this post to point you towards all our previews for the first day, and you can access them all from one page.
The meeting kicks off with the famous roar as the tapes go up at 1:30pm for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. I personally previewed this one and went for Josses Hill back in February. He is bigger prices now and I’d recommend having a go EW with William Hill with their ¼ odds 5 places concession. Open an account here.
At 2:05pm the tapes go up for the Arkle Chase, in which I once again previewed the race, siding for Dodging Bullets who has done nothing wrong so far. He ran a game race in defeat in the Game Spirit last time out, and the better ground won’t be of any concern.
The Baylis & Harding Handicap Chase is next up at 2:40, and although we haven’t had the time to give the race our full attention, Rory Delargy checked this race out as part of his “A Bunch Of Fives” series. In which he highlighted Time For Rupert at 33s (now 15.5 on the machine), and Alfie Sherrin who was as big as 20/1-25/1 at the time of writing and is now 8/1 generally.
The race of the whole meeting comes up next in the Champion Hurdle at 3:20. Anthony Sherratt took a look at this one and went for Our Conor at 9/2. He was uber impressive when winning the Triumph Hurdle last year, and many believe Dessie Hughes has him primed to strike tomorrow.
The OLBG Mares Hurdle at 4:00, brings us Quevega’s record attempt at trying to make it 6 wins in a row in this race for herself, Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. She is currently 1.94 on Betfair and is strongly expected to get the job done, but Maddy Playle found a value alternative in Highland Retreat at 20-1 (now 16s top price), and she can run a race for each-way players.
Back over fences for the 4:40 as they line up for the four-milers National Hunt Chase. Rory Delargy took a look through this race for us, and advised Midnight Prayer at a standout 25-1 with Coral. Alan King’s novice is now best priced 9-1 with the firms (9.8 Betfair), and looks like giving us a good run for our money.
Finally the last race of the day is the Rewards4Racing handicap chase, due to go off at 5:15 to close off the first day of action. Once again we ran out of time in regards giving this race our full attention, but like the Baylis & Harding earlier on the card, this race was featured as part of Rory Delargy’s “A Bunch of Fives” in which he pinpointed the 16-1 about Present View being too big (now 10.5 Betfair), and top price 9-1 with Paddy Power. He also pointed out Buthelezi as being worth a bet at around the 20-1/25-1 mark.
I hope you enjoyed reading all our previews on the website we’ve been doing for you over the last month or so. I would like to thank all my writers for making this happen and getting us to where we are, so hopefully we can make this another profitable festival for Cheltenham Tips.