Joseph O'Brien joined our team of experts this morning with the famous Cheltenham roar just hours away for our Day One preview, in association with BoyleSports.
He saddles favourite Edwulf in the JT McNamara National Hunt is afternoon at 4.40pm and he is confident of the 5/1 shot's chances.
The former champion flat jockey trained Ivanovich Gorbatov, unofficially, to beat Apple's Jade in last year's Triumph but he feels like Gordon Elliott's mare has a huge chance of turning the tables on hot favourite Limini today.
He believes that the Mare's race will comes down to a battle between Apple's Jade and Vroum Vroum Mag, despite the fact that Ruby Walsh has opted for Limini.
Our team of experts are hoping that Mark Walsh can visit the winner's enclosure in the Champion Hurdle in his first ever ride at the Festival.
O'Brien also suggested Nicky Henderson's Brain Power as a possible alternative in the big one.
He also believes Melon will be the one to beat in the Supreme, especially given how bullish Willie Mullins and Ruby have been in the lead up to the race.
Altior is unopposed in the Arkle, while Herald racing corespondent Niall Cronin and Irish Independent expert Johnny Ward opposed each other in the final race of the day, the Close Brothers Novice Handicap Steeplechase.
Niall likes Powersbomb at 22/1 but Johnny is stumping for All Hell Let Loose at 16/1.
The countdown is finally over as Cheltenham wheels around for another glorious week's racing and while there's always a nervousness to get that first winner on the board, Melon can get the Festival off to a flyer in the opener.
Nicky Henderson is whirling around Seven Barrows, his slice of equine paradise on the North Wessex Downs, not so much in a bustle as a perpetual blur. There is a blue cushion in his kitchen, emblazoned with the words: "Just say no!" It is intended to help him mitigate his prodigious work ethic, but in the preamble to Cheltenham week he will not hear of it.