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The Cheltenham roar is one of the biggest guarantees of every Cheltenham Festival and 2019 is sure to be no exception when the runners start racing in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
That's the first race of the entire Festival at 13:30 on Tuesday 12th March. A good tip has been betting on a horse towards the head of the market in the last six years, with five hailing from the top three in the betting. The one exception was Labaik in 2017, who was a relative outsider at 25/1.
Nicky Henderson is bidding for a second winner in four years and trains a potential 2019 Supreme Novices' Hurdle betting odds favourite in Angels Breath.
There are other strong tips in the Cheltenham day one betting too, particularly Buveur D'Air in the Champion Hurdle at 15:30 and Benie Des Dieux in the Mares' Hurdle at 16:10.
The other races on the Cheltenham Festival's opening day are the Arkle Trophy at 14:10, the Ultima Handicap Chase at 14:50, the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase at 16:50 and the National Hunt Novices' Chase at 17:30.
The Champion Hurdle betting favourite is chasing a hat-trick
Looking back at past Champion Hurdle results, the history books show just a handful of three-time winners. These were Hatton's Grace (1949, 1950, 1951), Sir Ken (1952, 1953, 1954), Persian War (1968, 1969, 1970), See You Then (1985, 1986, 1987) and Istabraq (1998, 1999, 2000).
Buveur D'Air is a popular tip to add his name to this list and is arguably one of the biggest bankers of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival to repeat his Champion Hurdle wins of 2017 and 2018.
Only four mares have ever won the Champion Hurdle, with Annie Power the most recent in 2016. It's a pair of female horses in Apple's Jade and Laurina who are expected to lay down the greatest challenges in 2019.
Tips on how to place your Champion Hurdle Day bets
There are three easy ways to bet on Champion Hurdle Day with William Hill. You can go into one of our shops, head online or bet through our app. Wherever you do bet, you'll be sure to find odds for all of the runners and riders across the 28 Cheltenham Festival races.
Watch out for any Cheltenham specials or offers too, which may give you an extra reason to bet on a horse you fancy on Champion Hurdle Day. This includes William Hill paying five places on all ante-post, each-way handicap bets.
In terms of a Cheltenham accumulator, a Lucky 15 on Le Richebourg, Buveur D'Air, Benie Des Dieux and Ok Corral is bound to be a popular bet on day one of the Festival.
The results and winners from Champion Hurdle Day 2018
The opening day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival could not have gone much better for trainer Willie Mullins as he saddled three winners.
Footpad landed the Arkle in authoritative fashion, before Benie Des Dieux upset favourite Apple's Jade to land the Mares' Hurdle and Rathvinden secured the hat-trick in the four miler under Mullins' son Patrick.
The current Cheltenham Festival betting isn't predicting another Mullins day-one hat-trick, but we'll have to wait and see.
These were the winning horses, jockeys and trainers from day one of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.
|Supreme Novices' Hurdle||First Gold||Noel Fehily||Tom George|
|Arkle Trophy||Footpad||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|Ultima Handicap Chase||Coo Star Sivola||Lizzie Kelly||Nick Williams|
|Champion Hurdle||Buveur D'Air||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson|
|Mares' Hurdle||Benie Des Dieux||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|Close Brothers' Chase||Mister Whitaker||Brian Hughes||Mick Channon|
|National Hunt Chase||Rathvinden||Patrick Mullins||Willie Mullins|