Cheltenham 2020 – Day One Diary

So day one of this year’s Cheltenham festival is over and I just thought I would do a quick update on my own results from the day.

My strategy this year is twofold:

1. Take advantage of all the bookies’ offers and bonuses this week.

There are some fantastic offers this week with extra places, money back and free bets being thrown around by the bookies like confetti. I am using Profit Maximiser to see each day’s offers and make sure I use them to extract the most profit possible.

2. Use some top tipsters.

I am using two of my favourite tipsters – Quentin Franks Racing and the Bet Alchemist – to find the best bets for Cheltenham. Both have excellent records at the festival so I am following their tips for the week.

By combining the above two together, this should give me a great chance of beating the bookies at Cheltenham.

So how did this strategy get on today? Let’s have a look below.


Day One Results

So here are the results from Tuesday at Cheltenham. My stakes were £20 per point.

The highlight of the day was undoubtedly a 25/1 winner (antepost) from Quentin Franks, but more on that below.

1.30 Supreme Novices Hurdle

The day got off to a bit of a frustrating start, with Bet Alchemist pick Abracadabras just getting collared on the line to deny us an opening win to the festival. We at least got some each-way returns from that pick though.   

The good thing about the first race of the day is that there are a number of bookies offering money back if your horse loses – Skybet £10 and Betfair £20. So part of my stakes on Asterion Forlonge, which both tipsters chose, were covered by that.

Profit/Loss from Race: -£26


2.10 Arkle Challenge

Just one bet in this race and that was Brewin’upastorm  from the Bet Alchemist which went down to defeat unfortunately. No refunds or offers from the bookies on this one.

Profit/Loss from Race: -£20


2.50 Ultima Handicap Chase

This was the race where it all happened and we were in for a treat with a 1-2 from our bets. If you were sharp enough to back Quentin’s tip The Conditional at 25/1 when he advised it then you had a sensational win. Sadly I missed that so only managed to secure nines but that was still a very nice win. 

Bet Alchemist’s tip Kildisart was a close second netting some each-way returns whilst their other bet in the race was a loser.

Profit/Loss from Race: +£170


3.30 Champion Hurdle

Just the one bet in this race and it was on Supersundae which unfortunately was nowhere so a loss in this one. 

Profit/Loss from Race: -£20


4.10 Mares Hurdle

No official bets in this race but I did a reverse forecast on the top two at just over evens which won fairly comfortably.

Profit/Loss from Race: +£24


4.50 Novices Handicap Chase

Three bets in this one and thankfully one of them landed a place, with Hold the Note coming in 3rd for the Bet Alchemist. So a loss on this race. 

Profit/Loss from Race: -£35


There were no bets in the final race of the day – although interestingly Quentin tipped the winner Ravenhill in another race Antepost but then it was switched to this race instead, so it was a shame Quentin didn’t give it out again for the last race as it won at 12/1!



So a good first day overall and well done to Quentin on an excellent winner in the Ultima Handicap Chase – just a pity I didn’t back it ante-post at 25/1! 

A few near misses from the Bet Alchemist today so let’s hope the luck turns for him tomorrow.






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