The opening day at Cheltenham Festival is known as Champion Day. This generally consists of the tightest races and starts the week out in the bet way possible.
Last year there were seven races. It is a day that is known for its open field and can throw up a few surprise results.
13:30 Sky Bet Supreme Novice’s Hurdle
This opening race presented a huge shock. Labiak won the race and pipped the joint-favourite Melon to the victory. He was priced at 25/1 at the start of the race and presumably made a lot of people, in particular, his trainer Jack Kennedy very happy. This race will be held on Wednesday this year.
14:10 Racing Post Arkle Chase
This one was fairly routine for winner Altior, who has been included in the running for the Champion Chase tomorrow. He only went on to win after the leader Charbel fell two from the last. He was priced at 1/3 at the begging of the race.
14:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
This race ended in a photo finish. Un Temps Pour Tout just narrowly beat Singlefarmpayment to the prize. There was a big surprise in Buywise finishing fourth at a price of 33/1, a nice little each-way win for punters.
15:30 Stan James Champion Hurdle
Buveur D’Air won this one last year, and he is the favourite to take the prize again this year. He was priced at 5/1 last time, you would think the bookies have learnt their lesson this time out.
16:10 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle
Apple’s Jade won this one last time out. The horse was priced at 7/2 and it’s another case of the bookies learning their lesson as the horse is now odds-on to win this same race.
16:50 JT McNamara National Hunt Chase
Tiger Roll won this one having been priced at 16/1, this secured an early treble for Gordon Elliot in the Cheltenham Festival in 2017. This time out, it is hard to pick a favourite and the field is wide open.
17:30 The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
Tully Set won the final race of the day, he was priced at 8/1, he just pipped the persistent challenge of Neon Wolf. If punters were on this it would have rounded up a great day for them at Prestbury Park.
A number of last years winners are running again at this meet. However, with the field being so open there are bound to be a number of surprised when punters make the trip to Cheltenham for the curtain raiser.