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3 tips to get your Cheltenham week off to a flyer on Tuesday

Johnny Ward looks ahead with excitement to day one of the Festival.

We're backing Brewinupastorm in the the Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase.
We're backing Brewinupastorm in the the Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase.
Image: David Davies/PA Images

THE BIGGEST WEEK in the racing calendar, the Cheltenham Festival, is upon us once again.

Thanks to William Hill, top racing journalist Johnny Ward will be bringing you tips over the coming days.

Here are three to consider for Tuesday March 10… 

Brewinupastorm — 6/1 (the Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase, 2.10)

The opening race on Tuesday, day one of the Cheltenham Festival, is one of the most celebrated contests of the racing calendar: listen to the roar!

One horse that has been the apple of his rookie trainer’s eye is Brewinupastorm (6/1) and he can take the Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase (2.10).

There is a definite pace angle here in that Notebook and Cash Back, who locked horns at Leopardstown, both like to be prominent.

This can set up the race for Brewinupastorm, who ran a blinder behind City Island at the Festival as a novice hurdler and jumps really well.

The 6/1 available with William Hill looks more than fair. He was a better hurdler than Notebook, who appears to hold Fakir D’Oudairies on Leopardstown form.

Darasso — 66/1 (Champion Hurdle, 3.30)

There’s no getting away from it: this is not the best ever renewal of the Champion Hurdle (3.30), but something has to win! One of the most intriguing long shots of the week runs in this race and is a fascinating runner.

JP McManus snared the race last year with his second-string on the day in the shape of Espoir D’allen and it could be a case of historic repetition. Epatante is the favourite and has her chance but what of the prospects of long shot Darasso?

Darasso (66/1) was a bit disappointing on his first start of the season but far from disgraced. He ran better when second to Cilaos Emery at Gowran Park and at 66/1 has plenty going for him. Go hard or go home!

Honeysuckle — 2/1 (the Mares’ Hurdle, 4.10)

What a spectacle racegoers have in the Mares’ Hurdle (4.10)! Racing fans love a good mare so having two in the one race, two quite brilliant mares, arguably renders this the best renewal ever.

Benie Des Dieux would have won this last year only to fall at the last but she faces a really strong rival here in Honeysuckle (2/1), who gets the nod given that the favourite is odds-on but William Hill goes 2/1 about the challenger.

She is an exceptionally good bet at that price and, even if she goes down to Benie Des Dieux, it will be one hell of a race to get the juices flowing on day one.

Odds above correct at the time of writing. William Hill are paying 7 places instead of 3 in the first race at Cheltenham today (Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, 1.30). Minimum 14 runners, each-way terms at 1/5 odds. For all the latest prices, visit 18+, always gamble responsibly. For more information, see

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