Cheltenham 2024 | Day One: Choices and Naps

Cheltenham 2024 | Day One: Selections and Naps

All of the build-up has led to this. All of the discuss and previews can lastly finish. Cheltenham. Is. Again. And we kick off in type with the roar of all roars. We kick off with the supreme and head on to a aggressive Arkle, adopted by two superstars of the turf. Listed below are my suggestions for Day One.


NAP: Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade One) – JERIKO DU REPONET @ 15/2 (William Hill, Boylesports, BetUK)

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I believe that the primary 5 available in the market maintain all of the aces, however there’s large weaknesses to every horse on the head of the market.

Tullyhill slows on his leaping, which is regarding coming into what’s normally a fast-paced race. No horse spherical Cheltenham can soar like he did. The shape from his Listed win at Punchestown is but to be examined.

Mystical Energy, for me, is all hype and no substance. The shape from the Moscow Flyer hasn’t labored out, and there hasn’t been a winner of the Moscow Flyer/Supreme since Cheltenham legend Douvan in 2015.

Slade Metal is simply avoiding Ballyburn, which is cowardly behaviour from Henry de Bromhead. Significantly when this horse appears to be like extra like a Baring Bingham horse than a Supreme.

Firefox was wrongly stepped up in distance final trip, and Ballyburn is the one horse to frank the shape within the 24 sturdy subject. He hasn’t proved himself at this degree.

Due to this fact, I’ve landed on Jeriko Du Reponet. He was workmanlike at Doncaster, however his earlier tow runs at Newbury regarded very trendy. His type from the Grade Two at Doncaster has labored out a deal with, with the second and third the one-two at Kempton, and El Elefante successful at Ayr on Friday. Carrying the primary colors of JP McManus isn’t all the time an indication however take not of it.

Pay attention to Mistergif. By no means ignore a horse with an 18-length victory on debut and will run a cracking race if there’s not a lot tempo on. 11/1 (William Hill, Betfred, Boylesports).


E/W BET: Arkle Problem Trophy Novices’ Chase (Grade One) – Grasp Chewy @ 16/1 (Basic)

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Regardless of everybody saying that JPR One is the perfect British hope for the race, they will’t rule out Grasp Chewy. JPR One was idling within the Lightning Novices’ Chase at Lingfield and was nowhere close to convincing to be raised as much as the dizzying heights of 150.

For Grasp Chewy, he’s gained a Graded race in supreme vogue at Kempton over Christmas. Of which, Nickle Again backed the shape up within the Scilly Isles’ Chase at Sandown. His run within the lightning was severely hampered by Djelo on the first and by no means acquired going after that, so draw a line by way of the run.

Gaelic Warrior can’t soar left-handed, which beggars’ perception why he’s favorite. Il Etait Temps needs additional and JPR One is unreliable. Grasp Chewy is the e/w angle within the Arkle.


Handicap Greatest: Ultima Handicap Chase (Premier) – Chianti Classico @ 7/1 (BetUK)

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Cheltenham coach Kim Bailey will all the time have his horses prepped for whichever race he goals them in direction of. Chianti Classico has been a large venture. He pulled up in final yr’s Albert Bartlett however has come again this season trying like a unique animal. His successes at Kempton and Chepstow are nicely famous and has come into the Ultima and a low weight. Novices have appeared to have the higher hand within the Ultima lately and Bailey likes the look of what Chianti Classico brings to the desk.

His stablemate Trelawne can also be a captivating horse. He’ll relish the softer situations on the Tuesday and has lots to construct on from his Exeter run. His run at Cheltenham was good behind each Ginny’s Future and Gray Dawning, managing to complete two-and-a-half lengths in entrance of Crebilly. He’s solely a pound increased within the weights than his stablemate. The, all the time, in-form Harry Cobden takes the trip. 8/1 (William Hill, Boylesports, BetUK).

Minella Crooner was not at his greatest within the Bobbyjo Chase. He doesn’t keep a lot over three-and-a-half miles after he pulled up in final yr’s Nationwide Hunt Chase and the Porterstown Chase. He’s run two good races, nonetheless, with a detailed third within the New Yr’s Day Chase and a win within the M.W Hickey Memorial Chase. He’s solely sightly higher off on the weights than his stablemate however has an opportunity of outrunning his odds. 25/1 (William Hill, BetUK).



13:30 – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (GRADE ONE) – JERIKO DU REPONET (NAP) @ 15/2 (Boylesports, BetUK), Mistergif 11/1 e/w (William Hill, Betfred, Boylesports)

14:10 – Arkle Problem Trophy (GRADE ONE) – Discovered A Fifty @ 7/1 (Unibet, William Hill), Hunters Yarn (R/F), MASTER CHEWY E/W @ 16/1 (Basic)

14:50 – Ultima Handicap Chase (Premier) – CHIANTI CLASSICO @ 7/1 (BetUK), Trelawne @ 8/1 (William Hill, Boylesports, BetUK), Minella Crooner @ 25/1 (William Hill, BetUK)

15:30 – Unibet Champion Hurdle (GRADE ONE) – Nemean Lion (W/O State Man) @ 11/2 (William Hill)

16:10 – Mares’ Hurdle (GRADE ONE) – Love Envoi (W/O Lossiemouth) @ 13/2 (William Hill)

16:50 – Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Premier) – Liari @ 9/1 (William Hill, Betfred), Nara e/w @ 12/1 (Basic), Miss Manzor e/w @ 14/1 (Basic), An Bradan Feasa e/w @ 25/1 (Basic)

17:30 – Maureen Mullins Nationwide Hunt Chase (Grade Two) – Corbetts Cross @ 9/4 (Basic)

The perfect of luck!

Author: Patrick Thomas