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Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Tips

March 11th, 2015

Yesterday’s action was some of the finest we’ve seen at any Festival in recent years, with the highlight being a Willie Mullin’s four timer. However, it wasn’t the quartet of winners everyone was anticipating, due to Annie Power’s dramatic last flight blunder, which saved the bookies millions.

Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle

Mullins has plenty of ammunition for day two as well, which starts off with a less competitive than usual renewal of the Neptune. He could easily have another 1-2 courtesy of Nichols Canyon and Outlander, and the Irish novices looked a cut above our horses in yesterday’s Supreme.

However, there is a chance that this drying ground will suit Windsor Park (ew) more than those two rivals and, in any event, he wasn’t beaten far by Nichols Canyon last time out over an inadequate trip.

Another Irish raider, Snow Falcon (ew), could outrun his big odds on this better surface too, and if there is to be a surprise then perhaps he can produce it.

Beast Of Burden is the unexposed one. It is hard to tell how good this horse is as he hasn’t run at any of the big tracks yet, but he has won his last two races very easily indeed showing a decent combination of speed and stamina in the process.

RECOMMENDED BETS
MARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Windsor Park (ew)
1.30 Cheltenham
5/1
Sky Bet
Snow Falcon (ew)
1.30 Cheltenham
33/1
Sky Bet

(Sky Bet are offering to refund losing bets on the Neptune if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd)

RSA Chase

There’s a small but select field for the RSA Chase, but it doesn’t feature Coneygree who goes for the Gold Cup instead.

Again, Mullins has the one to beat in Don Poli, who runs here instead of in yesterday’s National Hunt Chase. The fact that connections were considering that race suggests the horse is all about stamina and it will be interesting to see if he has the speed to win this on better ground.

A strong case can be made for all of the other market leaders and a lot will come down to jumping and who copes best with the change in underfoot conditions.

Having broken his Festival duck yesterday, we are going to take a chance on The Young Master (ew) for Neil Mulholland as he still seemed to be well ahead of the handicapper when winning a decent prize at Ascot last time out.

Southfield Theatre is very much respected given his love for decent ground and his previous Festival form.

RECOMMENDED BETS
MARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
The Young Master
2.05 Cheltenham
11/2
Bet365 & Paddy Power

Coral Cup

The day’s first big betting heat is the Coral Cup and we like another Mullins runner here - Un Atout (ew). He was a top class novice over hurdles two seasons back, but missed last year through injury and hasn’t taken to fences since his comeback.

He is very well treated now switched back over hurdles and is reported to be looking back to his best at home.

There are plenty of others to consider, including Baradari (ew), who won nicely for us at Ascot on his last start. The further step up in trip should be in his favour, so a big run is expected.

At least one Nicky Henderson runner will surely make the frame and his outsiders shouldn’t be ruled out, including Rolling Star and Volnay De Thaix (ew), who is narrowly preferred as horses towards the top of the handicap have a good record in the race.

Irish challengers Taglietelle and Marinero are feared.

RECOMMENDED BETS
MARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Un Atout (ew) 2.40 Cheltenham
14/1
Bet365
Baradari (ew) 2.40 Cheltenham
16/1
Bet365
Volnay De Thaix (ew) 2.40 Cheltenham
20/1
Bet365

Queen Mother Champion Chase

Next up is the Queen Mother and, potentially, one of the races of the meeting. It would be fantastic to see Sprinter Sacre regain his crown and the vibes from his yard suggest he has flourished since his Ascot comeback.

Last year’s winner, Sire De Grugy, also appeared to be over his injury problems when sluicing home under a big weight at Chepstow recently.

Either could triumph here, but with the desperately disappointing news that Champagne Fever is a non-runner, we think the best each-way option could now be Dodging Bullets (ew) - who has been the most consistent performer at this trip through the campaign so far.

With doubts still lingering regarding one or two of the key players, and provided the rain stays away, Simply Ned (ew) could sneak a place at big odds. His form isn’t far off that of Dodging Bullets and although that horse has improved since the pair met at Cheltenham earlier in the season, Nicky Richards’ charge is a much better animal on a quicker surface.

It is worth noting that Paddy Power are offering to refund losing bets, up to £50, on this race - if your horse finishes second to Sprinter Sacre.

RECOMMENDED BETS
MARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Dodging Bullets (ew)
3.20 Cheltenham
9/2
Paddy Power
Simply Ned (ew)
3.20 Cheltenham
14/1
Paddy Power

Our tips for the later races are:

Glenfarclas Handicap Chase (Cross Country)

RECOMMENDED BETS
MARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Nuage D’Ainay (ew) 4.00 Cheltenham
25/1
Bet365 & Paddy Power
Toutancarmont (ew) 4.00 Cheltenham
7/1
Bet365

Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap

RECOMMENDED BETS
MARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Gwencily Berbas (ew) 4.40 Cheltenham
20/1
Bet365 & Coral
Zarib (ew) 4.40 Cheltenham
12/1
Sky Bet & Betfred
Souriyan (ew) 4.40 Cheltenham
25/1
Bet365 & Betfred

Weatherbys Champion Bumper

RECOMMENDED BETS
MARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
General Principle (ew) 5.15 Cheltenham
14/1
Sky Bet
Wait For Me (ew) 5.15 Cheltenham
11/1
Sky Bet

(Sky Bet are offering 4 places for each-way bets on this race)

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