Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips – Day 2 – Ladies’ Day
Champion Day served up a thrilling first day of racing at Cheltenham – will Ladies’ Day deliver much of the same?
Here are our Cheltenham Festival betting tips for the second day of the festival, with the Queen Mother Champion Chase the pick of the action…
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Cheltenham Festival Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Tips
Queen Mother Champion Chase (15:30)
The mighty Altior will be looking to cement his position alongside the all-time greats as he bids for a second consecutive Queen Mother Champion Chase in the day’s feature race at 15:30. The nine-year-old has been invincible on his last 12 starts over fences and will take some stopping over the Old Course on Wednesday.
Min looks best placed to halt his charge into the history books – can he cause an upset? Mullins-trained Min impressed at Leopardstown in February, pulling clear from Ordinary World in the Dublin Chase, and will be hoping to reverse last year’s result by edging out the imperious Altior.
Sceau Royal could be an interesting each-way pick after a sprightly second place finish at Wincanton last month in the Kingwell Hurdle, while Paul Nicholls’ Politologue will also be looking to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish after fading in the run-in.
Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips –
Day 2 Racecard
Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (13:30)
In the day’s opener, Champ will be looking to live up to his name in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (13:30). The seven-year-old notched up an impressive win at Newbury in December but can expect stiff competition from Battleoverdoyen and Brewin’upastorm. The latter found the right blend to take victory at Huntingdon back in December but will be hoping to stay the distance this time after falling at the last at Cheltenham in January.
RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase (14:10)
Can Santini kick up a storm in the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase (14:10)? He struggled at Kempton in December but the Cheltenham course could suit him, although question marks over his fitness after recent struggles could dent his chances. That could open the door for Delta Work, trained by Gordon Elliott, who impressed here last year with a win in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final. And could Topofthegame finally claim a maiden win at Cheltenham? As runner-up in last year’s Coral Cup, he can’t be discounted in this one.
Coral Cup (14:50)
All eyes will be on Willie Mullins-trained Uradel in the Coral Cup (14:50), with a strong showing in the Cesarewitch Stakes at Newmarket over a slightly shorter distance in October setting him up nicely for this one.
Last year’s surprise winner Bleu Berry also returns to the field, although recent form suggests a repeat performance could be a step too far, with Willie Mullins’ charge only mustering a seventh place finish at Gowran Park in January. Brio Conti could also be a challenger after edging out Honest Vic at the last at Ascot last month.
Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase (16:10)
Expect the ‘Cheltenham Roar’ to go up as Grand National winner Tiger Roll aims to add another string to his bow by landing a second Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase (16:10). Last year’s Grand National winner looks the class act in the field, but Auvergnat might just ensure the nine-year-old doesn’t have it all his own way after an impressive victory at Leopardstown towards the end of last year.
Ultragold could have the golden touch after trainer Colin Tizzard opted to switch him from the Ultima, with form over the fences with a victory in the Topham Chase at Aintree.
Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race (16:50)
The most open race of the day could be the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race (16:50) with Band Of Outlaws, Lethal Stepsand Fine Brunello all shaping up to perform strongly.
Joseph O’Brien-trained Band of Outlaws is coming fresh off two recent victories at Limerick and Naas, beating another Fred Winter entry, Maze Runner, in a dominant display in the latter.
Stablemate Fine Brunello couldn’t quite match Fakir D’oudairies for pace at Cheltenham in January, but did hold off the highly-rated Adjali suggesting he has the potential to go all the way in Day 2’s penultimate race.
Champion Bumper (17:30)
Finally, Blue Sari will be hoping to leave his rivals feeling blue in the Champion Bumper (17:30). Willie Mullins has an outstanding record in this race with nine wins – will his only chance in this year’s race deliver the goods after a stylish debut win at Gowran Park in January? Gordon Elliott will be pinning his hopes on Envoi Allen, who is coming off a hat-trick of wins since December at Fairyhouse, Navan and Leopardstown and looks to be hitting form at just the right moment to bring home the Bumper.
Alternatively, could Abacadabras conjure up some last-minute magic in the day’s final race? He was travelling well in second place at Leopardstown last month before running out approaching the finish in a race won by Envoi Allen.
Who will you be backing on the second day of the festival?
Some horses are entered for more than one race; line-ups may be subject to change