Cheltenham Festival Day 1

The first day of the Cheltenham Festival is known as Champions Day. In this Cheltenham Festival Day One Guide, you will learn everything from the latest news, tips, stats and information on all the Day 1 action from Cheltenham Racecourse.

The official date of day one of the Cheltenham 2022 Festival is Tuesday 15th March.

This first day, is the first of four days of top-class racing, starting on a Tuesday and finishes on Friday.

The opening day showcases the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle which is a fiercely contested 2m hurdling race for the best hurdlers in the world. Other major races on the first day include the Grade 1 Arkle Trophy and the Grade 1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

It also sees the start of the British and horses Irish runners competing against each other in The Prestbury Cup annual challenge.

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Cheltenham Day 1

Cheltenham Festival Day One Racecards

Here are the following races competed on day one of the Cheltenham Festival, Tuesday 15th March 2022:

13:30 The Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

The curtain-raiser of the Festival is the Grade 1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, there are eight hurdles to jump during the race, which is around 2 miles and 12 furlongs long.

The opening race contest always draws huge loud cheers from the horse racing fans – known as the “Cheltenham roar”.

The winner of the 2021 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle was Appreciate It.

Cheltenham 13.30 Tips – The Supreme Novice Hurdle

The first race of the meeting is 1:30 pm where you’ll hear the infamous Cheltenham Roar as the horses start the race.

Our Cheltenham 13.30 Tips is to wager on Kilcruit each way. Trained by Willie Mullins, the seven-year-old bids to follow stablemate Appreciate It who won the Supreme Novices Hurdle last year very easily. Currently 9-1 on the ante-post betting market you can place your bets each way and still win money if Kilcruit gets a place.

Punters are always looking to find the best Cheltenham festival tipster but rest assured the safest betting advice and predictions on Cheltenham Races will be from the likes of Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins who both know what it takes to win around the Prestbury Park track. Both champion jockey and trainer are excited about the chances of Kilcruit.

Many of the Irish Cheltenham Tipsters are putting up Kilcruit in their ante-post tips as having a great chance in the 13:30 race so the betting advice is to take an early price on the hot pick.

  • Cheltenham 13.30 NAP – Constitution Hill
  • Cheltenham 13.30 NB – Jonbon
  • Cheltenham 13.30 Long Shot – Kilcruit

The online bookmakers that currently have Kilcruit at 9-1 best odds are:

Cheltenham Festival Tips Summary – Kilcruit to cause a slight surprise, Jonbon staying on but the one they all have to beat is Constitution Hill.

14:10 Arkle Challenge Trophy

The Arkle Challenge Trophy is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase for horses aged five and above. It is run over a distance of around 2 miles on the Old Course and there are 13 fences to jump during the race.

The winner of the Arkle Challenge Trophy 2021 was Shishkin with Nicky Henderson as the trainer, which is no surprise considering Nicky Henderson has had 7 winners since his first victory in 1991 making him the top trainer for the Arkle Challenge Trophy.

Cheltenham 14.10 Tips – The Arkle Chase

The second race of the meeting at 2:10 pm is the Arkle Chase and is predominantly won by favourites and those towards the head of the betting market. It is always one of the most thrilling and eagerly anticipated races of the festival.

Our Cheltenham 14.10 Tip is to wager on Edwardstone. Trained by Alan King  -whose last winner at the Festival was 86 runners ago in 2015 – has labelled Edwardstone as “the horse of a lifetime”.

Jockey Tom Cannon is bullish about his chances and said “everything he has done all his career has built up to this season for him as a chaser and to improve.”

Currently, 2-1 on the ante-post markets the smarter bet here would be a winning bet or maybe placing the selection into part of a Yankee bet or lucky 15 bet type.

  • Cheltenham 14.10 NAP – Edwardstone
  • Cheltenham 14.10 NB – Blue Lord
  • Cheltenham 14.10 Long Shot – Magic Daze

The online betting brands that currently have Edwardstone at 2-1 best odds are:

Cheltenham Festival Tips Summary – Edwardstone will be a tough nut to crack, he’s proven at the top level with the potential for even more to come. Blue Lord and Magic Daze, at much bigger odds, could capitalise if things don’t go to plan.

14:50 Ultima Handicap Chase

The Ultima Handicap Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase for horses aged 5 and over. It is run a distance of around 3 miles and 1 furlong on the Old Course at Cheltenham, and there are twenty obstacles to jump during the race.

This is a handicap event that takes place every year on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The winner of the Ultima Handicap Chase in 2021 was Vintage Clouds.

Cheltenham 14.50 Tips – The Ultima Chase

The third race of the meeting at 2:50 pm is the Ultima Handicap Chase. A race where novices have a strong record.

Our Cheltenham 14.50 Tips is a small each-way bet on Kiltealy Briggs.

Kiltealy Briggs’ trainer revealed the Ultima Handicap Chase has been the plan for him for some time now, plus he is also a novice that jumps very well. A key asset for success at Cheltenham.

He likes to race prominently and retains promise over for 3m trip, having run great on his only attempts over the 3-mile distance.

His top-class breeding shows staying power as has the National winner Ballabriggs in the bloodline – so all stats show he should relish the longer trip. Currently, 20-1 on the ante-post markets the smarter bet here would be a small EW bet or maybe place into part of each way Patent Bet or Trixie Bet.

  • Cheltenham 14.50 NAP – Kiltealy Briggs
  • Cheltenham 14.50 NB – Shan Blue
  • Cheltenham 14.50 Long Shot – Corach Rambler

The online betting websites that currently have Kiltealy Briggs at 20-1 highest odds are:

15:30 Champion Hurdle (the feature race)

The Champion Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race for horses aged four and over. It is run a distance of around 2 miles and 12 furlongs on the Old Course, and there are eight hurdles to leap during the race.

The winner of last year’s Champion Hurdle was Honeysuckle with Henry de Bromhead as the trainer.

For a full guide on the Champion Hurdle, or the Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy to give it its full name, check out our review page.

Cheltenham 15.30 Tips – The Unibet Champion Hurdle

The fourth race of the meeting at 3:30 pm is the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle where the best hurdlers lock horns on the biggest stage. This is the feature race on the opening day.

Our Cheltenham 15.30 Tip is to wager to win on Honeysuckle. It is impossible to get away from the reigning Champion and Queen of Cheltenham, who is still unbeaten over hurdles. Her jumping has improved with age and her strength towards the end of the race is her forte. We can’t see her being passed if she’s leading at the last.

  • Cheltenham 15.30 NAP – Honeysuckle
  • Cheltenham 15.30 NB – Appreciate It
  • Cheltenham 15.30 Long Shot – Adagio

The biggest online betting brand that currently has Honeysuckle at 8-15 best odds are Unibet Horse Racing.

Cheltenham Festival Tips Summary – Although her odds are short we can’t see Honeysuckle being beaten. She thrives with racing and seems to get better with age. Appreciate It and Adagio are classy prospects in their own right and if the mare isn’t 100% or doesn’t jump well, they could pose a threat.

16:10 David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle

The David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle, now known as the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle for sponsorship reasons, is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle event for mares aged four years and above. It is run a distance of around 2 miles and 4 furlongs on the Old Course, and there are 10 hurdles to leap during the race.

Last year’s winner of the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle was Black Tears.

Cheltenham 16.10 Tips – The Mares Hurdle

The fifth race of the meeting at 4:10 pm is the Mares Hurdle which is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle event for mares aged four years plus. It is run a distance of around 2 miles and 4 furlongs on the Old Course, and there are 10 hurdles to take during the race.

Our Cheltenham 16.10 Tips is to place a bet on Burning Victory. She is currently around the 8-1 mark but we expect her to out those odds and hit the frame.

  • Cheltenham 16.10 NAP – Burning Victory
  • Cheltenham 16.10 NB – Queens Brook
  • Cheltenham 16.10 Long Shot – Piccadilly Lilly

The betting websites that currently have Burning Victory at 8-1 best odds are:

  • Skybet Sports Betting
  • William Hill Sports Betting

Cheltenham Festival Tips Summary – The Mares Hurdle often attracts a big field and is normally a race that goes to one of the horses towards the top of the betting. Burning Victory has the right profile for the race just ahead of Queens Brook. A surprise big run is expected from Piccadilly Lilly.

16:50 Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle

The Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle, also known as the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle for sponsorship purposes, is a Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle competition for horses aged four years. It covers a distance of around 2 miles and 12 furlongs, with eight hurdles to overcome along the way.

The winner of the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 2021 was Jeff Kidder.

Cheltenham 16.50 Tips – Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle

The sixth race of the meeting at 4:50 pm is the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle which is a Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle competition for horses aged four years. These are the youngest horses that can compete over jumps and it is often a tricky race to predict. The race is normally run at break-neck speed, so accurate jumping, stamina and guys are normally required to win.

Our Cheltenham 16.50 Tips is to wager on Champion Green.

  • Cheltenham 16.50 NAP – Champion Green
  • Cheltenham 16.50 NB – Ebasari
  • Cheltenham 16.50 Long Shot – Sea Sessions

The online betting brands that currently have Champion Green at 8-1 best odds are:

  • Bet365 Sports Betting
  • BetVictor Sports Betting
  • Betfair Exchange

Cheltenham Festival Tips Summary – Champion Green looks a likely sort in a trickt junevile event. Many of these could improve out of all recogniton but Ebasari and Sea Sessions look solid alterantives to the selection.

17:30 National Hunt Chase

The National Hunt Challenge Cup is a Grade 2 steeplechase for amateur riders on horses that are five years old or above. It is run over a distance of approximately 3 miles and 6 furlongs, with 23 hurdles to be jumped along the way.

The winner of the 2021 National Hunt Chase was Galvin.

Cheltenham 17.30 Tips – The National Hunt Cup

The last race on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival meeting at 5:30 pm is the National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys’ Novices’ Chase.

Our Cheltenham 5.30 Tips is to back Pats Fancy.

At a huge 18-1 price with Bet365 Enhanced Odds, you could wager an EW bet on the fancied horse or place it into part of an EW Canadian Bet or Lucky 31 Bet.

Trained by Rebecca Curtis who won this race in 2012 with the admirable Teaforthree, hopefully, she can win this year’s renewal of the National Hunt Chase. Progressing nicely with chasing in each of his four runs over fences this season he gave Bravesmangame a freight at Newbury who is a class National Hunt chaser in his own right.

The step up to 3 miles and 6 furlongs, with 23 fences to be jumped along the way will suit Pats Fancy who looks a thorough stayer.

The online betting brand that currently has Pats Fancy at 18-1 best odds is Bet365 Horse Racing.

2022 Cheltenham Festival tips Summary – We strongly fancy Pats Fancy trained by Rebecca Curtis to run a huge race. This top trainer knows what it takes to win this race, and Pats Fancy is a solid individual who knows what the game is about.

Cheltenham Festival Day One Tips


Here are the betting tips for Day One of the Cheltenham Festival 2022.

  • Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) – Sir Gerhard
  • Arkle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) – Edwardstone
  • Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3) – Escaria Ten
  • Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) – Honeysuckle
  • Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 1) – Telmesomethinggirl
  • Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase (Listed) – Brazil
  • National Hunt Chase (Grade 2) – Run Wild Fred

Check our Cheltenham tips for all the other days as well!

If you are looking to bet on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival make sure you check out any Cheltenham Festival free bets and sign-up offers, you can see these on our Cheltenham Free Bets page.

If you are looking for Cheltenham tipsters on which horses to wager there is no better source of information than the trainers direct. Check what the trainers have to say about their horses running on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Champions Day Cheltenham 2022 Tickets

Day One kicks off The Cheltenham Festival with Champion Day.

With seven races, including the Unibet Champion Hurdle, the tickets for opening day sell quickly and it is advised that you purchase in advance.

The best place to purchase tickets for Champions Day is from here.

Cheltenham Favourites for Day 1 Racing

Many punters are looking for the runners and favourites at Cheltenham today and for the whole Festival week.

FIND THE ANSWERS TO YOUR CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 1 QUESTIONS

If you are a favourite backer you will want to check out our guide to the amount of Starting Price favourites to win at the Cheltenham Festival.

Here are the Cheltenham Favourites for Tuesday 15th March (1st Day of the Festival):

  • 1:30 – Constitution Hill
  • 2:10 – Edwardstone
  • 2:50 – Does He Know
  • 3:30 – Honeysuckle
  • 4:10 – Telmesomethinggirl
  • 4:50 – Gaelic Warrior
  • 5:30 – Run Wild Fred

The first race at Cheltenham today is 1:30pm and the last race at Cheltenham today is 5:30pm.

Of the Cheltenham Favourites today the main bankers for punters in Acca bets would be Honeysuckle and Edwardstone.

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Other Cheltenham Festival Days Out

If you are looking for information on the other Cheltenham Festival days and Cheltenham racecourse in general, check out our guides to the races, tips, odds history and more info, on the Cheltenham Festival days:

Popular Questions

What time is first race in Cheltenham next Tuesday?

The time of the first race in Cheltenham on Tuesday is 1:30pm.

Each day of the Cheltenham Festival starts at half past one.

What Are The Cheltenham Day 1 Predictions?

The main Cheltenham Day 1 predictions are:

  • Honeysuckle to win the Champion Hurdle
  • Edwardstone to win the Arkle Chase
  • Escaria Ten to win the Ultima Handicap Chase
  • Sir Gerhard to win the Supreme Novice Hurdle

What is the main race for Cheltenham Day One?

The main race on Day One of the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Hurdle.

The main event race starts at 3:30pm with Honeysuckle a short-priced favourite to retain her crown.

What day is the Champion Hurdle on?

The Champion Hurdle takes place on the 15th of March 2022 (Day 1 of the festival).

Why is Cheltenham so popular?

Cheltenham is so popular because the greatest horses in the jump racing discipline show up and are put to the test on one of the industry’s most difficult courses.

What are the cheltenham day 1 predictions

Summary of Day 1 Racing at the Cheltenham Festival

The first day of the Cheltenham Festival, known as Champion Day is held on a Tuesday at the world-class Cheltenham racecourse, the feature race is the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle.

The first day of Cheltenham is famed for a cracking atmosphere and the “Cheltenham roar” which goes up after the tapes rise on the first race.

The Grade 1 Arkle Trophy and the Grade 1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle are the two other significant races on the opening day. Along with several excellent handicaps including the Festival Handicap Chase, which is always a tough race.

The first day at Cheltenham is one of British sports great days out and is highly recommended by the teams here at British Racecourses.

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