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Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Preview (Tuesday 15th March 2022)

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We are here at last!

The talking is very much over and most of the bets may be down. Now begins the spectacle of four days of top-class National Hunt championship racing: Cheltenham Festival 2022!


In this fully comprehensive preview, we’ll provide you with everything you need whether you’re sat in front of the sofa or lucky enough to be heading to the track itself! We also preview the five ITV Racing televised races on Day 1 and point you in the right direction for all our latest offers  and best Cheltenham Festival bets from our partner firms.


Are you ready for the roar??




By Train and Bus

If you’re coming in by train from Birmingham New Street, a queuing system will be in operation so as to stop dangerous congestion on the platforms due to the sheer volume of racegoers heading to The Festival. Allow plenty of time.

Shuttle buses at Cheltenham Spa will be available on the station forecourt.

Weather and Going

Official going will be Good to Soft (Soft in places), and weather is set to be dry but cloudy.

Tickets & Getting In

Tickets are now sold out entirely for Days 3 and 4 but there tickets available in Tattersalls and Best Mate at time of writing for Days 1 and 2. Gates open at 1030am with first race at 1330.

ITV Live Racing

ITV 1 will be covering the first five races.

Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f ITV
9 runners

Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m ITV
11 runners

Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m1f ITV
24 runners

Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f ITV
10 runners

Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle (Registered as The David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle) (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f ITV
12 runners

Races Preview

1330 The Supreme Novices Hurdle

On paper it looks like a match between Nicky Henderson and Willie Mullins as Constitution Hill and Dysart Dynamo go head-to-head! Outsiders Kilcruit and Mighty Potter also in the mix.

OUR PICK: Constitution Hill 5/2 with Bet365, William Hill, Bet Victor, Boylesports.

1410 The Sporting Life Arkle

The championship decider of the 2m novice chasing division sees a rare British favourite in Edwardstone trained by Alan King who is a lot of people’s idea of an Arkle winner although the usual competition from Ireland looks stiff with the unbeaten this season Blue Lord representing the Willie Mullins yard and Riviere Detel from Gordon Elliot.

Each way possibilities are with Henry De Bromhead’s Coeur Sublime if he can improve.

OUR PICK: Riviere Detel 9/2 with Boylesports

1450 The Ultima Handicap Chase

Frodon and Bryony Frost lead the field in terms of class but with the horse not getting any younger and carrying a lot of weight, the best he can hope is to put a few horses out of their comfort zone but will probably be reined in during the closing stages by a progressive novice.

One we mentioned in our Best Handicap Bets is the well handicapped novice Kiltealy Briggs who is related to Grand National winner Ballabriggs. Novices have a great record in this race. Looks great each way value at 25/1 with bet365.

OUR PICK: Kiltealy Briggs



Honeysuckle should get the multiple bet placers off to a good start here for the De Bromhead team as she bids to retain her title in the feature race of the day.

Each way contenders are Teahupoo and Epatante.

OUR PICK: Honeysuckle


Open renewal of the Grade 1 mares hurdle event. Telmesomethinggirl for the De Bromhead team lead the market but plenty in with a shout. Previous Triumph winner Burning Victory features in our Best Bets preview and we think she could run a big race at 10/1 with Bet Victor.


1330: Constitution Hill - 5/2 with bet365
1410: Riviere Detel - 9/2 with Boylesports
1450: Kiltealy Briggs - 25/1 E/W with bet365
1530: Honeysuckle - 8/13 with bet365
1610: Burning Victory - 10/1 with Bet Victor

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Please note all odds are correct at the time of publishing (7:45pm 14th March 2022) and are subject to change.

Matt is Howtobet4free's resident Horse Racing expert, writer, tipster and a huge Cheltenham Festival fan. He occasionally dabbles in Golf, Football and anything else you can gamble on!

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