You can back the four Willie Mullins favourites of Douvan, Un De Sceaux, Faugheen and Annie Power at around 14/1 in an accumulator but only five favourites won out of 27 races last year.
Here are four outsiders with live chances that might make a potentially lucrative Lucky 15.
1. Bentelimar (Supreme Novice Hurdle, 1.30). Odds: 28/1
Needs to improve a lot from his victories from his victories at Leopardstown and Punchestown but the sounding from connections have been very positive. Rookie trainer Shay Barry isn't saddling this one for the sake of it.
2. Clarcam (Arkle Novice Chase, 2.05). Odds: 18/1
Bryan Cooper was pretty bullish about his chances on The Morning Line today and if Un De Sceaux does fail to jump around, the Gordon Elliott-trained horse could be there to pick up the pieces.
3. The Job Is Right (National Hunt Chase, 4.40). Odds: 8/1
Michael Hourigan's horse was pretty close to Gold Cup fancy Djakadam when he fell at the last in Cheltenham and his confidence booster over hurdles at Navan looks like it may have worked. Has to have a chance.
4. Hurricane Fly (Champion Hurdle, 3.20). Odds: 10/1
How is this horse double the price of Jezki having beaten him at every stage this season? The ground is improving but is still good to soft. If he's there on the shoulder of the leaders at the bottom of the hill, he'll surely finish in the placings.
At 1.30, in the natural amphitheatre below Cleeve Hill, a roar will ring out across the north-eastern corner of Cheltenham that signals the start of the 2015 National Hunt Festival; four days, 27 races, Britain versus Ireland, punter versus bookmaker, the retiring AP McCoy against Ruby Walsh, and today, it may be no exaggeration, Willie Mullins' first strings against their stable companions.