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Cheltenham Festival live results: Champion Hurdle results as they happen on Day One at Cheltenham

The 2017 Cheltenham Festival is here!

Four days of world-class racing gets underway this afternoon. The opening day of the Festival is considered by many to be the season’s most captivating race day. The action kicks off with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, while the Champion Hurdle, Arkle Trophy and Mares’ Hurdle complete the set of Grade Ones on Champions Day.

Refresh this page throughout the afternoon for live updates and Cheltenham Festival results as they happen on Day One!

Live 2017 Cheltenham Festival news and results below...

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13:47 14 Mar

Big shock in the Supreme!

Labaik was a 50/1 shot at the start of the day, and a 25/1 shot at the start of the race, but he's upset the odds with a Supreme Novices' Hurdle win for Gordon Elliot. A thrilling start to the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, and a wonderful first Festival win for 17-year-old Jack Kennedy.
13:34 14 Mar

LABAIK wins the Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Result:

1. Labaik 25/1
2. Melon 3/1jf
3. River Wylde 8/1
13:32 14 Mar

£400,000 bet placed on Altior

A £400,000 bet has been placed on ALTIOR on course at Cheltenham!

13:25 14 Mar

And we're off in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle!

The famous Cheltenham roar gets the 2017 Festival underway!

13:13 14 Mar

Late Money for Melon

Melon, who drifted this morning, has come in for late support ahead of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle (1.30pm). Willie Mullins' runner is now a clear favourite to win the opener and is 5/2 with most firms.

15mins to go...
13:00 14 Mar

The stage is set...

The 2017 Cheltenham Festival is just 30 minutes away...

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12:57 14 Mar

Support for Singlefarmpayment...

Sky Bet have reported Singlefarmpayment to be one of the best backed horses of the day. He's 11/2 at time of writing to win this afternoon's Ultima.
12:43 14 Mar

Can Altior be beaten?

Arkle preview courtesy of Brian Healy: This afternoon's Arkle is all about Altior, and Nicky Henderson’s charge is sure to be hard to beat; but he hasn’t always jumped with fluency, and at odds around 1/3 he is far from a betting proposition.

Willie Mullins’ Yorkhill is next best in the market, and the pair could dominate; but in a race that lacks apparent strength outside of that pairing, CHARBEL (10/1 each-way) could be worth an interest.

Kim Bailey’s horses are flying at present, although it wasn’t the case when then Iffraaj gelding was beaten by Altior at Sandown on his last run.

A classy hurdler, he has taken well to fences, beating a couple of potential rivals on his debut at Uttoxeter. That form has worked out quite well with both Le Prezien and Top Notch – second and third to the Bailey runner – racking up winning sequences.

He possibly wasn’t seen to best effect at Sandown in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase, where he was taken on by Marracudja for the lead; but he stuck well to his task to chase home the impressive Altior, with Max Ward and Paul Nicholls’ trailblazer both finishing well-beaten.

The stable wasn’t in the best of form around that time, but are in much better heart now; he goes well fresh, and will have no issue over the trip or ground so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise.
12:34 14 Mar

Just one hour until our opening race...

Melon remains 3/1 favourite with bet365 ahead of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at time of writing, narrowly ahead of the well-supported Ballyandy (10/3).
12:28 14 Mar

Cheltenham Festival Market Moves




Positive

  • Supreme - Bunk Off Early 7/1 > 6/1 Sky Bet
  • Arkle - Royal Caviar 16/1 > 10/1 Paddy Power
  • Ultima - The Druids Nephew 10/1 > 8/1 Ladbrokes
  • Champion Hurdle - Yanworth 11/4 > 9/4 William Hill
  • National Hunt - Champers On Ice 8/1 > 15/2 BetVictor
  • Close Brothers - Two Taffs 9/1 > 7/1 Paddy Power
  • Close Brothers - Tully East 12/1 > 10/1 bet365

Negative

  • Supreme - Crack Mome 9/1 < 12/1 bet365
  • Ultima - Noble Endeavor 8/1 < 10/ bet365
  • Champion Hurdle - Petit Mouchoir 15/2 < 9/1 Sky Bet
  • Mares' Hurdle - Vroum Vroum Mag 5/2 < 7/2 Ladbrokes
  • Close Brothers - It'safreebee 17/2 < 10/1 Ladbrokes
12:23 14 Mar

Who wins the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

A look ahead to our opening race of the 2017 Festival courtesy of CheltenhamFestival.net tipster Brian Healy...

A cracking way to kick off the Cheltenham Festival, and the famous ‘roar’ that will greet tapes-up on this first race of the Festival is sure to be another cracker.

Lots of potentially top-class novices go to post for a hugely exciting opener, spearheaded by Willie Mullins’ Melon, who made a taking debut at Leopardstown recently. But, HIGH BRIDGE (16/1, William Hill, each-way) could be the answer to a devilishly tricky opening contest, and Ben Pauling’s charge is unbeaten in his last three starts. The Monsun gelding produced a very smart performance on his latest outing to beat Azzerti at Newbury, scampering clear and showing an excellent turn of foot to see off ten rivals.

He had also won at the Berkshire venue in December and also Catterick in January where he beat the well-regarded Top Tug. He was impressive on his last start, racing prominently before kicking clear, and he won well despite the odd sticky jump; a stronger pace might well help him, and he won in the manner of a horse that had plenty more to come.

While he has to improve on his bare form to date, he has looked very progressive and versatile with regards to the ground he should give a good account.
12:03 14 Mar

Cheltenham Festival Day One race card

ICYMI, today's race card is as follows (all times GMT):

1.30 Supreme Novices' Hurdle
2.10 Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
2.50 Ultima Handicap Chase
3.30 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
4.10 Mares' Hurdle (for the David Nicholson Trophy)
4.50 JT McNamara National Hunt Chase
5.30 Novices' Handicap Chase
11:58 14 Mar

Supreme Novices' Hurdle latest odds

Just 90 minutes until the first race of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, and here's the latest Supreme Novices' Hurdle betting courtesy of bet365:
11:47 14 Mar

Cheltenham market moves...

Day One market moves ahead of this afternoon's racing and Paddy Power have cut Royal Caviar (2.50) to 12/1 from 16s, with Singlefarmpayment in from 13/2 to 11/2.

Brain Power is in to 7/1 from 15/2 to win the Champion Hurdle (3.30), while Briery Queen is 33/1 from 66s for the Mares' Hurdle.
11:30 14 Mar

🐴 More on Ch'tibello from Dan Skelton...

11:27 14 Mar

Ruby Walsh gives his Cheltenham Festival tips...

Ahead of the start of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, Ruby Walsh has been giving his verdict on all of his rides this week.
11:26 14 Mar

Ch'Tibello out of the Champion Hurdle

Ch'Tibello is a late withdrawal from this afternoon's Champion Hurdle.

Other non-runners this morning are Antony (2.50) and Colin's Sister (4.10)
11:24 14 Mar

The Going "may even be good"

The going remains good to soft at Cheltenham this morning with some sunny spells forecast.

Mouse Morris has no runners today but has been out on the track and told the Racing Post: "The ground should suit any horse in fairness - I would hate to be using the going as an excuse. I have been out on the course and it is just on the soft side of good, it may even be good. There is a bit of growth."
11:15 14 Mar

Tribute to a legend...

A superb statue of Sir AP McCoy has just been unveiled at Cheltenham this morning ahead of Day One of the 2017 Festival.


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