Cheltenham Festival Tuesday race card, schedule, runners and riders & day 1 tips

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The 2022 Cheltenham Festival is finally here and we have seven super races to savour on Tuesday.

There are four Grade 1s on the card including the feature, the Champion Hurdle, at 3:30pm, as Henry de Bromhead’s superstar mare Honeysuckle attempts to extend her unbeaten career record to 15.

The Cheltenham Roar will be heard for the first time in two years at 1:30pm as the most promising two-mile novice hurdlers in the game including Constitution Hill, Jonbon and Dysart Dynamo take to the track in the opener.


Alan King’s Edwardstone faces a whole host of Irish rivals in the Arkle Chase, while the Mares’ Hurdle looks wide open with the likes of Telmesomethinggirl, Queens Brook and Stormy Ireland declared.

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1:30pm: Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

Another small-field Supreme but a cracking curtain-raiser nonetheless. The Nicky Henderson-trained pair JONBON and Constitution Hill defend unbeaten records, and in the hope the former gets a good pace to aim at for the first time in his hurdles career, he appeals as being the bet at the prices. Dysart Dynamo looked a bit special at Punchestown and has to be feared.

2:10pm: Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

The likeable EDWARDSTONE was foot perfect when making short work of smart opposition in the Kingmaker and can see of the Irish challenge, headed by Riviere d’Etel, who may have beaten Blue Lord at Leopardstown last time with a cleaner jump at the last. Haut En Couleurs came to grief early in that same Leopardstown race but is another who leaves the impression he can make his mark at this level.

2:50pm: Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

One of the few races the home team has dominated and OUR POWER looks very interesting for the burgeoning Sam Thomas yard. He ran a very eye-catching race on his first go over 3m in a valuable Kempton handicap last month, finishing with a flourish having had plenty go wrong. He gets the vote over Corach Rambler, Tea Clipper and high-class Frodon. Floueur could be the pick of the Irish challengers.

3:30pm: Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)

HONEYSUCKLE is a mare out of the very top drawer and is strongly fancied to remain unbeaten and land a third successive win at this meeting. It’s tough to see any of those she’s accounted for previously troubling her so what threat there is may come from unexposed pair Teahupoo, who was very good at Gowran last time, and Appreciate It, so impressive in the Supreme last year but not seen since.

4:10pm: Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle) (Grade 1)

Last year’s Dawn Run winner TELMESOMETHINGGIRL came out clear best at the weights when third in a Leopardstown Grade 3 over Christmas and a repeat of that form might be good enough here. Queens Brook may have just needed it when beaten by Burning Victory at Punchestown last month and can turn the tables on Willie Mullins’ charge and fill the forecast spot. Stormy Ireland completes the shortlist.

4:50pm: Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Registered as The Fred Winter) (Grade 3)

An ante-post plunge has materialised on GAELIC WARRIOR despite his never having raced in Britain or Ireland and it’s easy to see why given how his form in France has worked out. Saved for this by top connections, he could be a handicap blot. Of the others, Ebasari, respected on hurdling debut form now handicapping, and Petit Tonnerre, still very much unexposed, head the opposition.

5:30pm: Ukraine Appeal National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys’ Novices’ Chase (Grade 2)

The presence of classy trio RUN WILD FRED, Stattler and Vanillier has diluted the field but separating that trio isn’t easy. The first-named runner has plenty of experience over fences to call upon, which could be significant and if he can get into his usual rhythm since fitted with blinkers he will be a tough nut to crack.

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