The 2020 Cheltenham Festival is underway with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at 13:30 kicking off this year’s bonanza. Willie Mullins’s Asterion Forlonge went off as favourite, with Abacadabras – the entry from Gordon Elliot’s yard narrowly second in the betting.
Colin Tizzard’s Fiddleontheroof was also fancied, going off third-favourite, followed by Shishkin and Chantry House.
In the Arkle at 14.10, Notebook went off favourite at 5/2 with Fakir D’oudairies narrowly behind. Brewin’upastorm and Cash Back were joint-third in the markets at around 6/1.
The Ultima at 14.50 looked well up for grabs from the start, with Discorama and Vinndication going off joint-favourite at 11/2. The Conditional rounded off the top three in the betting at 15/2.
In the day’s feature race, the Champion Hurdle, at 15.30, Epatante went off as a big favourite.
Barry Geraghty’s ride went off at 2/1 with Cilaos Emery second in the market at 6/1.
Next up is the Mare’s Hurdle at 16.10. Benie Des Dieux overwhelmingly led the market at an odds-on 4/6. Henry de Bromhead’s Honeysuckle was the next most liked, going off at 9/4. Stormy Ireland was 9/1.
The 16.50 Novices’ Handicap Chase was another open field, with Espoir De Guye drifting out in the morning Imperial Aura and Galvin going off as joint-favourites at 4/1.
In the final race of the first day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, Carefully Selected went off as a very short favourite in the 17.30 National Hunt Chase.
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Cheltenham results today
13.30pm – SUPREME NOVICES’ HURDLE
- Shishkin (6/1)
- Abracadabras (11/4)
- Chantry House 15/2)
14.10pm – RACING POST ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY NOVICES’ CHASE
- Put The Kettle On (16/1)
- Fakir D’Oudairies (3/1)
- Rouge Vif (9/1)
14.50pm – ULTIMA HANDICAP CHASE
- The Conditional (15/2)
- Kildisart (10/1)
- Discorama (11/2)
- Vinndication (11/2)
- Big River (20/1)
15.30pm – UNIBET CHAMPION HURDLE CHALLENGE TROPHY
- Epatante (2/1)
- Sharjah (16/1)
- Darver Star (17/2)
- Cilaos Emery (7/1)
16.10pm – CLOSE BROTHERS MARES’ HURDLE
- Honeysuckle (9/4)
- Benie Des Dieux (4/6)
- Elfile (16/1)
16.50pm – NORTHERN TRUST COMPANY NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE
- Imperial Aura (4/1)
- Galvin (4/1)
- Hold The Note (10/1)
- Whatmore (14/1)
- Beakstown (12/1)
17.30pm – NATIONAL HUNT CHALLENGE CUP AMATEUR RIDERS’ NOVICES’ CHASE
- Ravenhill (12/1)
- Lord Du Mesnil (11/2)
- Lamanver Pippin (33/1)
- Forza Milan (12/1)