Cheltenham Day Two Preview

Cheltenham Day Two Preview

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Cheltenham Horse racing

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Ballymore Novice Hurdle

SAMCRO 4/6 has been hot topic leading up to the festival and we expect him to be hard to beat in this year’s Ballymore with further progression expected from what was an excellent performance last time out. Our e/w alternative is the Tom George trained BLACK OP 11/1, who finished well clear of the rest when headed late by the potentially smart Santini last time out. He looked to have the race in the bag that day but an error at the last took him out of rhythm and with the handicapper not being too harsh, you can’t really argue with 11/1.

RSA Chase

Well what a race we could potentially have in store in the RSA. Last years Pertemps Network Final Handicap winner PRESENTING PERCY 5/2 is currently leading the market and he is our win tip. Currently 3/5 chasing and beaten a length by Gold Cup fancy Our Duke last time out, he’s proven on the course and the ground and those could be two enormous factors in seeing him home this Wednesday. For our e/w pick then look no further than BLACK CORTON 7/1. Unbeaten over course and distance on two occasions and under the steering of the break through jockey of the season in Bryony Frost, this is a horse who is thought of highly at the Nicholls yard. A fresh horse who seems to have bags full of energy, if he gets the run of the race and Presenting Percy does slip up then don’t be surprised to see Bryony Frost claim her second Cheltenham winner on what could potentially be a very special horse.

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle

One of the biggest handicaps of the festival, the Coral Cup will see the 24 runners go to post in a race which was last year won by this years Stayers Hurdle favourite, Supasundae. Another Irish horse heads the market this year in the form of the Willie Mullins trained Max Dynamite but as our first pick we’re going for the Ruth Jefferson trained MOUNT MEWS 16/1. A Grade 2 winning hurdler last season, he tried his hand over the bigger obstacles but to a lacklustre effect which has now seen him head back over hurdles. Now 3lbs off from his second behind Pingshou in the Top Novices Hurdle last year, at odds of 18/1 he could turn out to be quality win value never mind each way especially if the ground stays the heavy side of soft.

Champion Chase

It’s the elite chasers turn on day two of Cheltenham this year and Nicky Henderson’s ALTIOR 1/1 will be looking to justify favouritism and maintain his 12 race unbeaten streak over obstacles that stretches back to October 2015. Unsurprisingly, Altior is our win tip for the race. Not many words can describe just how special this horse his. Unbeaten over course and distance in three starts and already an eight time Grade winner, if he keeps going at the rate he’s going at then he will be written into horse racing folklore in no time. With Douvan now declared for the race, if, and that is a big IF, he is anywhere near back to his best then he will run Altior very close but we feel ultimately Altior will prove his worth.

Glenfarclas Chase

TIGER ROLL 11/2 is a previous Cheltenham Festival and we see no reason as to why he cannot add another win to that this week. Trained by the ever impressive Gordon Elliott, he looks the type that can win this race. He has won on soft ground in the past, and jumps well. The 2014 Triumph Hurdle winner certainly looks the value play in the race and the support he has attracted in the betting in the past few weeks can only be seen as a positive!

Another trained by Gordon Elliott, COCKTAILS AT DAWN could definitely outrun its price at a huge 33/1. Although disappointing recently, the horse certainly has ability to put in a big run, and if anyone can produce that on the biggest stage its the Elliott stable. He has only had one run for the yard since his move from Nicky Henderson’s and could definitely be one to watch!

Fred Winter Hurdle

NUBE NEGRA 9/1 is a very interesting runner for Harry Skelton, winning 2/3 of his races so far in convincing fashion, with the only defeat being a respectable 3length defeat to the Triumph Hurdle favourite Apple’s Shakhira. This looks solid form and with only three runs to date he is as unexposed as they come and should have a lot more to offer. Connections haven’t just thrown him in anywhere and he has clearly had this race in mind for a while. MITCHOUKA 14/1 also looks to have a great chance for Gordon Elliot. We expect him to be held up, travelling strongly into the race and it is simply a case of whether he has enough to pick off the pack along the way.

Champion Bumper

The Champion Bumper is always a potential banana skin with plenty of unexposed horses in the race but we have two e/w selections which look to have solid chances. Firstly, RHINESTONE 8/1 could bring Cheltenham success to the Joseph O’Brien stable. He was staying on nicely behind the favourite Blackbow last time out and should at least get the better of him this time around. Our other tip, SEDDON, is a tasty 50/1. Tom George rates this horse highly and he was mightily impressive last time out. It would well turn out to be a cracking price.

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