Cheltenham Festival stats: Day One

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: March 11 2014, 17:03 GMT

Ian Ogg highlights some of the key statistics for all of the races on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Shutthefrontdoor: Leading claims in the National Hunt Chase
Shutthefrontdoor: Leading claims in the National Hunt Chase

Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle

  • Only one favourite has been successful with the last nine all beaten.
  • Only two winners started their racing careers on the Flat.
  • Eight winners won their preceding start; the exceptions finished second & third.

Selection: Vautour Alternative: Vaniteux

Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy

  • All the winners had a hurdles rating of at least 141.
  • Seven year olds have won six renewals, five year olds two with one six and one eight year old winning.
  • Eight winners had previously run at the Cheltenham Festival.

Selection: Champagne Fever Alternative: Trifolium

Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase

  • No winner has carried more than 11st 2lbs, nine carried 10-12 or less.
  • JP McManus has owned the winner on three occasions while Alan King and Jonjo O'Neill have both won two renewals.
  • Eight winners finished in the first three on their preceding start, five of which were successful.

Selection: Alfie Sherrin Alternative: Time For Rupert

Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy

  • Nine winners had their preceding start in the same calendar year and the exception ran on Boxing Day when second in the Christmas Hurdle.
  • Four favourites have been successful and a further three made the frame.
  • Winners have been aged between five and nine with 4 seven year olds, 2 six year olds and 2 eight year olds scoring.

Selection: My Tent Or Yours Alternative: The New One

OLBG David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle

  • Quevega has won five of the six renewals.
  • Half of the 12 other placed horses were aged six, 3 were seven, 2 eight and 1 aged 9.

Selection: Quevega Alternative: Cailin Annamh

Terry Biddlecombe National Hunt Chase

  • Winners have been aged 6, 7 (five) and 8 (four).
  • Jockeys based in Ireland have won seven renewals.
  • The top-rated horse and favourite has won the last three runnings.

Selection: Shutthefrontdoor Alternative: Shotgun Paddy

Rewards4Racing Novices' Handicap Chase

  • Six of the nine winners have been aged 7 (exceptions 5, 6 and 8).
  • Eight winners finished in the first two on their preceding start.
  • Five winners were rated between 133 and 135 but three of the last four were between 139 and 142.

Selection: Ericht Alternative: Persian Snow

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