The first race of the festival and the day is the Grade 1 Supreme Novices Hurdle over 2 miles and 87 yards and in this hot contest we have gone for Fakir D'oudairies to get us off to a nice start.
This Joseph O'Brien trained four year old is the youngest horse in the field and with that gets the four year old an eight pound allowance from the rest of the field, that we think in the soft ground it will make all of the difference.
The gelding will have to give a career best to win this but is very much capable of doing so. His first run of the season was in a 22 runner maiden at Cork and he went on to win showing plenty of ability.
He then backed that up when coming to Cheltenham to give his young trainer his first win at the track when the four year old blitzed the field in a Grade 2 over an extra furlong than today.
Has a great chance at a fair price. If you're looking for other tips for day one of Cheltenham our specific page can give you some great insight focused on Day 1's racing.