Cheltenham 2019 Day 1 Picks from Baz #Cheltenhamfestival

13:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle

This is a tremendously difficult race and one which always throws up champions of the future such as Altior and Douvan. The Mullins pair are of particular interest as Klassical Dream beat Aramon by half a length last time out and both are well treated against the field from a weights perspective meaning at the prices Aramon is worth an e/w punt currently 12-1. Al Dancer has the form and the prize money but this suggests he is not necessarily primed for this race. One horse who certainly is primed for this race is FAKIR D’OUDAIRIES. This Joseph Patrick O’Brien trained improving French jumper won easily over CD in a grade 2 and also takes a 4 year old allowance.

14:10 The Arkle

GLENFORSA for the same reasons really outlined by Bob I feel this is the best horse in a race normally won by the best horse. Duc des genievres may provide a stiff opposition if the Mullins bandwagon is in full roll.

14:50 Ultima Handicap Chase

Here I think the Nicholls camp could cash in with GIVE ME A COPPER, everything is right for this horse to capitalize on a good season for the yard.

15:30 Champion Hurdle

Apple’s Jade and Laurina both get the Mare’s allowance and this makes the Champion Hurdle very difficult to pick. At time of writing the pundits are moving to Apples Jade and the twice Champion BUVEUR D’AIR is now as big as 11/4 against a Mare who was beaten in the Mare’s race last year. This is crazy, I think there is more chance of Laurina wining and making it a huge Mullins day 1 party but I refuse to let myself be carried away. The champion hurdler is the champion, surely the jockeys have been very cautious in warm up races this year and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a three time champion in this event.

16:10 Mare’s Hurdle

BENIE DES DIEUX will make or break the accumulator on day one after Apple’s Jade and Laurina went onto better things. Really difficult to see this one losing though.

16:50 Close Brothers

This is the type of race wiley old heads plan to quietly win and quietly win is exactly what SPRINGTOWN LAKE will do for Hobbs and Johnson. Most feared on ratings is Riders of the Storm.

17:10 National Hunt Amateur Riders

BALLYWARD was fourth in the Albert Bartlett and can come good here with the Mullins team in good order.

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