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Cheltenham Tuesday betting: What you need to know on Champion Hurdle day

The first-day lowdown as the greatest show on earth gets underway...

by Sean Goff | March 11, 2014

Stop scrambling through the papers looking for tips. Relax and let the Paddy Power Blog find you a winner.

Runners & Riders

The meeting kicks off with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1.30) and Paddy Power is facing a meltdown in the first race on the first day by giving money back on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th-placed finishers.

Irving is the hot tip and the traders report three times as much dosh on this favourite in the last fortnight – but he’s on the drift this morning and could be a play at 3/1.

The Irish challenge is deep and Willie Mullins will want to get off the mark early with either Vautour or Wicklow Brave before Hurricane Fly goes for his third win in the Champion Hurdle (3.20).

Pricewise in the Racing Post has put up AP MCoy’s mount My Tent or Yours. But there’s been shed-loads of money for The New One and Our Conor has been steadily punted since pushing Hurricane Fly close at Leopardstown last month.

Last year’s Supreme Novices winner Champagne Fever is on a hat-trick of Festival wins but comes up against crack 2m hurdler over the larger obstacles in the Arkle Chase (2.05). If it all goes tits up there’s always Quevega (4pm) who’s looking for her sixth Mares Hurdle crown on the bounce

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What the tipsters say…

Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty have had their say in the our Tip Cheat Sheets with Walsh putting up Rock on Ruby as the big danger in the Arkle. Matt Chapman has gone through the card and if you can get the past the Vine of his Supreme Hurdle fancy he’s a couple of tastily-priced runners in the later handicaps

Form guide

The Blog’s Aidan Elder has strapped himself in with just enough room to move his fingers and will be LIVE BLOGGING all the action – on and more importantly, off the track.

Elsewhere, our Cheltenham microsite breaks down the key stats to today’s Champion Hurdle and the Champion Chase, World Hurdle and Gold Cup.

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