Cheltenham Festival 2018: Day 1



Well hey hey kids. @aidanleape here, under starters orders and ready to race. Welcome to our coverage of Day 1 from the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. So snuggle up, get your betslips at the ready, and prepare to despair, as I tip your horse, ensuring that it will fall/pull up/travel disappointingly, losing you lots of hard earned wonga.

Let's set the scene then as we're about 30 minutes from the opening race of The Festival. The ground at Cheltenham today is Heavy, and that's no surprise after all that snow we've had. We've got the five ITV races covered for you this afternoon, starting with the Supreme Novices Hurdle, and concluding with the Mares Hurdle

But the big race of the day is undoubtedly at 3:30. The Unibet Champion Hurdle the feature, Buveur D'Air the huge favourite. He's currently sitting at best odds of 8/13 on the high street. If you want that price, then hop on at a pace me thinks. All sorts of money will be going onto the big favourite of the day over the next couple of hours.

Three non-runners just to alert you about, and then we'll be all set to go basically. 1:30 - 16.) Trainwreck 3:30 - 10.) My Tent Or Yours 13.) Verdana Blue

15 minutes until the opening race, so I suppose it's time I get my tips out. I've actually got my money on these too. Comment below with your tips if you have any. Basically get involved! 1:30 – First Flow (My Nap, for what it's not worth.) 2:10 – Saint Calvados 2:50 – Yala Enki (EW)/Ramses De Teillee 3:30 - Buveur D'Air 4:10 - La Bague Au Roi 4:50 - Ms Parfois 5:30 – Livelovelaugh

Paul Chapman

Saint Calvados and Buveur D’Air are royally screwed then. I’ve got them too


Either that, or we'll be chuckling away with each other come 3:30

Right then. Just over 10 minutes until the opener, The Grade 1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle. Here are your runners and riders for this one

And the rest of the 19 runners are here

Quick look at the odds (taken from the sponsors) for this opening Sky Bet Supreme Novices then: Getabird - 15/8 Kalashnikov - 11/2 Summerville Boy - 8/1 First Flow - 12/1 Mengli Khan - 16/1 Paloma Blue - 16/1 20/1 Bar those.

What else do you need to know then. Well, 8 hurdles will need to be cleared over the 2m 1/2f trip on the Cheltenham Old Course. Lostintranslation won Best Turned Out, if you're one for that, and the horses are down at the start. We're basically all ready to go. Get your tips in the comments quick please x

Matt Verri

I know absolutely nothing about any of these horses/races... but Paloma Blue is going to win the first race. Promise.


Thank you oh wise one

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Right then. The pack are trotting round, squelching as they go. Getabird will go off the 7-4 favourite here.