Willie Mullins had a superb double on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. Lake View Lad ran a stormer for us to place in 3rd at 25/1. He looks well worth backing for the Grand National. Buveur D’Air fell in the big one, while Apple’s Jade flopped too. Limini was bitterly disappointing, while Aramon travelled well but just missed out on 4th. Hopefully we get a bit more luck on Wednesday. Check out our Cheltenham Festival Day 2 tips below…
Cheltenham Day 2 Tips: Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
The rain arrived at Cheltenham on Tuesday morning and the going changed to soft. It is unlikely to get much softer with the strong winds, so conditions shouldn’t be too testing. In the Grade 1 Ballymore some very talented novice stayers will line up at the start. Unbeaten Battleoverdoyen is the current joint favourite with Champ at odds of around 3/1. They both hold solid claims but only Champ has proven form on soft ground so he could be the one to be on.
However, with four places available for each way bets with some firms, it could pay to chance something at a bigger price. The one that fits the bill is Sams Profile, a 5yo trained by Mouse Morris. This fella was beaten 2L by Battleoverdoyen last time over 20f at Naas. However, that was on good ground and on soft over an extra furlong, Sams Profile could turn that form around. At odds of 11/1 he is the each way pick.
CHELTENHAM DAY 2 TIPS: SAMS PROFILE E/W @ 11/1 4 PLACES
Cheltenham Day 2 Tips: RSA Chase (Grade 1)
Stamina will be at a premium in the 3 mile RSA Chase, especially on soft ground. Only twelve horses have been declared, but it still looks a tricky puzzle to solve. On ratings it is really tight, with three horses rated 155. Delta Work is the market leader at around 9/4. He is on a hat trick of 3 mile Grade 1 wins but the nagging doubt is whether he will be as effective on an easier surface. He won a handicap hurdle on soft ground here last year, but his form on good has been at a higher level.
One horse that will relish conditions is Top Ville Ben for Phil Kirby. This 7yo came unstuck when going right handed at Ascot last time. However, his form going left handed is much better and he has won his last 3 completed starts going that way round. He will likely go hard from the front and if he jumps well, he could outrun his massive odds. At 33/1 a small each way interest is advised.
CHELTENHAM DAY 2 TIPS: TOP VILLE BEN E/W @ 33/1 4 PLACES
Cheltenham Day 2 Tips: Coral Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
Willie Mullins has his string in stupendous form and his horses have relished the easy ground so far. There has been very little soft ground in Ireland this season, so judging how horses will run on soft is not easy. However, one horse that has proven form on soft is Calie Du Mesnil. Katie O’Farrell will claim 5lb so this mare will think she is running loose with 10st 3lb on her back.
She won at Galway on soft ground back in August, a track that is quite similar to Cheltenham. Her run last time at Leopardstown over 3 miles was one of her best and dropping back in trip to 21f could suit. She has had 9 career starts over timber, with two wins and 5 places. Katie O’Farrell has 6 wins and 4 top 4 finishes from just 19 rides for Mullins. She could enhance that record on Wednesday on Calie Du Mesnil and at 25/1 she is the each way pick.
CHELTENHAM DAY 2 TIPS: CALIE DU MESNIL E/W @ 25/1 6 PLACES
Cheltenham Day 2 Tips: Champion Chase (Grade 1)
The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the feature race on Day 2 at Cheltenham. This looks Altior’s race to lose, and he is impossible to oppose. He is unbeaten over fences, he has festival form in the book and with a rating of 175 he is well clear on the figures. However, he doesn’t really appeal as a bet at long odds on. Instead, we are going to take a chance on two at bigger prices each way.
God’s Own is a regular in this race and he stayed on for 3rd last year. He is an 11yo now, but he usually always gives his running and his festival form figures read 2453. At odds of 40/1 he could sneak into the frame.
Another one at a huge price with place prospects is Ordinary World. He is a strong traveller who will be held up by Rachael Blackmore. He was 3rd behind Altior in the Arkle in 2017 and ran well in this in 5th last year. Ordinary World has shaped nicely at Leopardstown on his last two starts and at odds of 50/1 he could give each way players a run for their money.
CHELTENHAM DAY 2 TIPS: GOD’S OWN E/W @ 33/1; ORDINARY WORLD E/W @ 50/1
Cheltenham Day 2 Tips: X-Country Chase (Class 2)
Tiger Roll is a short priced favourite and he would be a popular winner. This race doesn’t appeal as a betting heat, so a watching brief is advised.
CHELTENHAM DAY 2 TIPS: NO BET
Cheltenham Day 2 Tips: Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
This race was formerly known as the Fred Winter and it looks a minefield. The one that looks overpriced is Fanfan Du Seuil for Tom George and Paddy Brennan. This 4yo son of Racinger has had just four starts and he has yet to finish out of the first two when completing. He is completely unexposed over hurdles and his opening mark of 136 could be a generous one.
Both his victories came when there was soft in the ground description, so the rain that has fallen will suit him. He has course form in the book, a decent second on good ground in a small field. A bigger field and stronger run race could bring out the best in him. At odds of 20/1 Fanfan Du Seuil is the each way suggestion in a wide open race.
CHELTENHAM DAY 2 TIPS: FANFAN DU SEUIL E/W @ 20/1 5 PLACES
Cheltenham Day 2 Tips: Champion Bumper (Grade 1)
The closing race on the card is the Champion Bumper and Irish horses dominate the head of the market. The form is usually difficult to gauge in this race, and this year is no different. What makes things even more complicated is the likelihood of soft ground. Most of the market leaders have been running on good ground all year, with the notable exception of Blue Sari. However, this race does not appeal from a betting perspective and no bet is advised.
CHELTENHAM DAY 2 TIPS: NO BET