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Cheltenham Day 1


Cheltenham is a festival full of excitement, entertainment, and expectations, and most of those firm expectations come on Tuesday. Apples Jade, Buveur Dair, and Getabird are all firm favourites with the bookmaker and unless you’re a confident bettor with a decent wad of cash to utilise, it’s left you looking elsewhere for value.

The Novice Handicap Chase looks like an open affair, as should be the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase.

But the race in focus today is the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, a 2m 87y race for four plus-year-olds, boasting a prize fund of £125,000.

Whilst a heavy favourite isn’t always the best investment, Getabird seems a quality selection in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, with little in the way of standout talent. That’s dependent on the eventual runners in this race, but Getabird does seem to be a class above.

Kalashnikov is the next nearest priced runner at 6/1 with Mengli Khan and Summerville Boy currently priced at 12/1. Kalashnikov has produced some good runs recently but could fail to match Getabird for speed on the day.

There are some trends that bettors should be aware of for this race, and one of them is that the favourite has struggled. Just two of the last 12 favourites have gone on to win this race in recent renewals, even though the favourite has a fairly good success rate overall, if you are unsure where to place your bets, it may be worth searching the web for some free horse racing tips.

With the exception of Captain Cee Bee nearly a decade ago, five and six-year-olds have performed best in this race, winning all but three renewals dating back to 1972.

Nicky Henderson has won this race three times (and fairly recently) and Tolworth winner Summerville Boy is amongst Henderson’s strongest runners at 13/1 and probably constitutes a nice each-way bet if you want more value than what’s in the favourite.

As usual, Willie Mullins is one to look out for at Cheltenham. He’s found more winners than any other trainer in this chase, and recently trained a pair of runners-up in 2016 and 2017, when Min and Melon narrowly missed out. The legendary Douvan has been amongst those successes, of which Mullins has had three since 2013.

That means Mullins has picked up a top-two finish in each of the last five renewals and he’s well represented here.

Laurina, Sharjah and Whiskey Sour are some of Mullins runners amongst the 73 entries, but Getabird is his strongest hand and as a six-year-old showing plenty of promise fits the bill for a Supreme Novices Winner here.


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