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Three to follow for the opening day of the Cheltenham FestivalPosted on Friday 21st February 2020 @ 14.28

The 2020 Cheltenham Festival is now just a few weeks' away, with the opening day again looking set to kick off with some breath-taking

Day One is often described as 'Champion Day', headlined by the Champion Hurdle. But who should you follow? Here we cover three horses on the opening day that look worth following.

Brewin'Upastorm - Arkle Chase

The Olly Murphy-trained seven-year-old looks one to follow and is a best priced 10/1 to land the Arkle in the Cheltenham betting markets. He was a classy hurdler, that included being beaten under six lengths in the 2019 edition of the Ballymore Novices' hurdle. However, he was always likely to improve when going over fences.

Following wind surgery and a 201-day break, Brewin returned by landing a Beginners' Chase impressively, despite the winning distance only being a head. The form was strong with Good Boy Bobby, Midnight Shadow and Global Citizen in behind. He has also now followed up very impressively under a penalty and looks to have a really exciting future over fences.

Brewin has had a set back and will now head straight to the festival. Much of his top form has been shown when fresh, so this is not a worry and he looks a solid e/w bet.

Benie Des Dieux - Mares Hurdle

She will be the banker of the Cheltenham Festival for most, if she takes up her expected engagement in the Mares hurdle. This is likely to see her match-up against the unbeaten Honeysuckle, which is set to be one of the most anticipated clashes across the week.

Benie has won eight of her nine starts for Willie Mullins, with her only defeat coming when falling at the last in this race last year. She returned this season by producing a career best RPR of 162, when winning the Galmoy Hurdle by 21 lengths.

Benie will now head straight to the festival and is going to take all the beating in any race she contests. She rates a very strong selection at a general 4/5 for the Mares Hurdle.

Carefully Selected - National Hunt Chase

The Mullins-trained eight-year-old has now won six of his nine starts under rules and is unbeaten this season. He returned this season following a 213-day break to contest a Beginners Chase and produced an impressive performance to win going away by just under four lengths.

Carefully selected was then stepped up to a Grade Three at Punchestown and posted an eye-catching 24-length victory over last season's Ballymore winner City Island. This saw the horse make all, giving the impression he is looking for an extreme test. He then backed this up with another victory, despite making a bad mistake three out.

Carefully Selected looks tailor made for the National Hunt chase, which is a race Mullins has had a lot of success in. He rates a solid e/w contender at 4/1.

Article Posted on Friday 21st February 2020 @ 14.28

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