Weeks of waiting are over as the 2014 Cheltenham Festival gets underway today. The roar of the Cheltenham crowd will be in full force as racegoers cheer their horses in today’s seven races – starting with the Supreme Novices Hurdle at 1.30pm.

The first day is historically a bad day for the bookies as the favourites have a tendency to go well, making it to make the most of William Hills offer to bet £25 and get a free £50 bet.

Here are our top tips to get your week off to a flying start…

1.30pm – Supreme Novices Hurdle

The stats:

  • 15 of the last 17 winners won last time out
  • The last five winners had run at least four times over hurdles
  • Five and six year olds have won 10 of the last 11 renewals

The bet:

Vautour at 3/1

Bet £25 and get a free £50 bet here

2.40pm – Festival Handicap Chase

The stats:

  • Six of the last 11 winners had won last time out
  • Last 14 winners were rated 143 or less
  • 10 of the last 14 winners had won over 3 miles

The bet:

King Massini at 25/1

Bet £25 and get a free £50 bet here

3.20pm – Champion Hurdle

The stats:

25 of the last 30 winners won last time out
9 of the last 10 winners ran within the last 51 days

The bet:

My Tent or Yours at 4/1

Bet £25 and get a free £50 bet here

5.15pm Rewards4racing Novices’ Handicap Chase

The stats:

7 year olds have won 6 of the 9 renewals
8 of the 9 winners had their last run at least 35 days ago
The last 8 winners carried 10-11 or less

The bet:

King Vuvuzela at 20/1

Bet £25 and get a free £50 bet here
 

Check out our other top tips for the week here.