By Andrew Atkinson

Willie Mullins’ entourage rolls out on day one of the 2021 behind closed doors Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday March 16 with Appreciate It (1.20) tipped by to land the Sky Bet G1 Supreme Novices Hurdle opening race over 2m.

Seven-year-old Appreciate It, ridden by Paul Townend, has won three from three over hurdles in impressive style, including a Grade 1 at Leopardstown in February.

The threat is Harry Fry trained Metier, ridden by Sean Bowen, useful on the Flat in Ireland with a promising hurdles G1 bow on CV.

Shiskin (1.55) is 1-2 favourite to win the Arkle Challenge Trophy G1 over 1m 7f. Trained by Nicky Henderson and Timeform’s highest rated Novice chaser, selected by Allmankind (4-1) is the threat, the Dan Skelton trained five-year-old a top class chaser, noted when winning the Henry VIII at Sandown.

Cheltenham Festival
Cheltenham Festival

One For The Team (2.30) is tipped each-way by in the Ultima G3 Handicap Chase over 3m 1f.

Ridden by Tom Scudamore the seven-year-old trained by Nick Williams ran in G1 at Kempton last time out. The threat is smart chaser Aye Right (ew) ridden by Richard Johnson.

Honeysuckle (3.05) trained by Harry De Bromhead and ridden by Rachael Blackmore is tipped to win the Unibet Champion Hurdle G1 Challenge Trophy over 2m. The threat is Gary Moore trained Goshen.

Concertista (3.40) trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend is tipped to win the Grade 1 Mares Hurdle over 2m 3f. Winner at the Festival in 2020 and won G3 at Leopardstown in December. The threat is Dame De Compagnie (ew), the Nicky Henderson trained 2020 Coral Cup winner.

Saint Sam (4.15) trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend is tipped each-way in the G3 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle over 2m, noted when finishing second in G1 at Leopardstown in February. The threat is Paul Nicholls trained Houx Gris (ew) under Harry Cobden.

Next Destination (4.50) trained by Paul Nicholls a Grade 1 winner is tipped by to win the NH Challenge Cup G2 Novice Chase. The threat is David Pipe trained Remastered (ew) ridden by Tom Scudamore.

Caption: Willie Mullins Cheltenham Festival leading trainer.