Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Bet of the Day
Here you will find our Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Bet Of The Day. This is our most confident selection on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival
It’s a horse we think out the 7 races has the best chance of winning. It runs in the second race, the 2.10pm Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase
Cheltenham Festival Day 1 NAP
The time has finally come! The Cheltenham Festival is upon us and we have a NAP (best bet) for you on the opening day running in the Racing Post Arkle. The Henry de Bromhead-trained NOTEBOOK is hard to oppose. He has done nothing but improve this season, winning all four starts over fences, and for me could be that star quality in the field. Now I know he can sometimes let the occasion get to him, like what we saw at Leopardstown the last day. You have to remember he still went and won after bolting down at the start so how bigger engine does he have to suffer those excursions and still find enough in a battling finish? I think that’s factored into his price as for me he shouldn’t be any bigger than 2/1 and 3/1 is widely available at the time of writing. He beat Cash Back by three quarters of a length last time but I think he was just idling in front and we’ll see a much more polished performance here. He holds that horse and Fakir D’Oudairies on form and I see no reason why they’ll reverse it. This stiff finish will be right up his street and I think the occasion is his biggest danger rather than the opposition. If he goes down to the start calmly then watch his price contract. He could easily go off 7/4 I think. The main danger looks to be Olly Murphy’s Brewin’Upastorm. I do like the horse but it’s concerning we haven’t seen him since November and while he should go well I can see him coming there without quite being good enough. Of the rest Maire Banrigh and Rouge Vif are no backnumber so it’s an Arkle with a bit of strength in depth. Fingers crossed Rachael Blackmore gets her Festival off to a flyer as she’s being tipped by a few to be Top Jockey at the meeting with several good rides.