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Cheltenham Day One Preview
We’re counting down to the 2019 Cheltenham Festival and it kicks off with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, with the famous Cheltenham roar greeting the tape rising and the first race of the meeting getting under way.
The Supreme is always a fantastic spectacle and many punters will be looking to get the week off to a winning start by backing Al Dancer, with the horse likely to go off favourite and he’s done little wrong this season and could be the one to beat.
However, Fakir Doudairies is an impressive beast and will be receiving a weight allowance by account of being a four-year-old, with this horse preferred to win what is likely to be a fast-run race, with the horse likely to enjoy a fast gallop.
After the Supreme comes the Arkle which is over fences and this race looks set up for Glen Forsa who had an impressive run at Kempton and will clearly go on any ground at the Cheltenham track.
Glen Forsa will stay the pace, with Lalor also expected to be in contention and there’s nothing wrong with the ratings about a horse which could go off favourite, while Paloma Blue could run well for Ireland.
The fourth race on Day One of Cheltenham is the Champion Hurdle, with Buveur D’air bidding to win the showcase race on the Tuesday for a third consecutive time.
Nicky Henderson is sure to have the horse prepared for this hammer and tongs battle, with Barry Geraghty relishing the opportunity to get his runner tucked in behind the front runners and produce up the hill.
However, there is sure to be stiff competition in the form of Apples Jade, with the Irish mare having triumphed in the Mares’ Hurdle for the past couple of years and we’re happy to back her to claim the spoils here.
Gordon Elliott believes that this horse can be a superstar and the fact that Apples Jade will be receiving a mares’ allowance means that we can be sweet about this horse.
Laurina is the other mare who could have a real chance and she’s also likely to act on the good to soft going at the Cheltenham track, although she might have to contend with a place.
The Ultima Handicap Chase is the third race on Day One, with Give Me A Copper likely to go off favourite, although this is clearly a wide open heat and Mister Whitaker could be the one to back each-way at odds of around 16/1.
The horse has run well at the Festival before and punters shouldn’t be put off by the fact that the runner has been quiet this season.
The Mares’ Hurdle has had some impressive winners in recent years and it’s hard to argue that Benie Des Dieux isn’t the best horse in the race, with this runner potentially trading at odds-on on the day.
The Close Brothers Novices Handicap Chase could be won by A Plus Tard, while Ballyward is the preference for the National Hunt Steeplechase which is a real slog over four miles.