Cheltenham Day 2 Tips
The second day of Cheltenham looks just as good as the first and here at 21.co.uk we’ve picked out some win and each way tips for you. Will we see Altior make it 18/18 and can Tiger Roll retain his title? If you back any horse that doesn’t run don’t worry as we offer Non Runner No Bet here at 21.co.uk.
Ballymore Novice Hurdle
We’re in for a cracker with the opening race of day two at Cheltenham this year with favourite Champ facing off against second fav Battleoverdoyen. Nicky Henderson’s six year old Champ showed a turn of foot to sweep aside the opposition in the Grade One Challow Novices Hurdle at Newbury before New Year. It was a fourth straight win for the gelding named after 20-time champion Jockey AP McCoy and we can’t look past him at a price of 11/4* here with Barry Geraghty back on board. If you’re looking for something bigger Beakstown at 10/1* could be worth an each way bet. Dan Skelton purchased this novice for £400,000 and he has made a terrific start in his hurdling career, winning two of his three races so far. Beakstown’s showed his pedigree in the Grade Two Leamington Novice Hurdle in January, pushing clear three out and winning despite hanging left.
The RSA has always been a difficult puzzle for punters to solve however the 2017 and 2018 saw favourites win in Presenting Percy and Might Bite respectively. We think that this year will follow the same pattern with Delta Work at 2/1*. Having missed out on the Dublin Racing Festival due to the ground being too quick the recent rain at Cheltenham will suit him well. There have been doubts over Nicky Henderson’s second fav Santini, despite the trainer insisting otherwise. Santini lost a shoe at the weekend, with a poultice being applied as a precautionary measure, causing a huge drift in the betting. The Worlds End looks an interesting contender in this race, with plenty of Cheltenham experience behind him having ran at the Festival in 2017 and 2018. The eight-year-old has been sent chasing this season and won two out of four races, his most recent win coming over course and distance and at 20/1* he could be each way value.
The Coral Cup has been a graveyard for favourites over the years with only one winning in the last 25 renewals of this race. Large priced winners are common here and In the last 10 years, nine winners have come in at prices of 12/1 or higher. The Irish are on a roll in this race and Gordon Elliott has had two winners and two places out of 12 runners in the last eight years so it could be worth sticking with him. Cracking Smart looks an interesting contender, while he hasn’t performed in Ireland this season his runs have come on good ground. The seven-year-old won on soft ground at the festival last year and if the rain comes, as expected, it will suit. Cracking Smart can be backed here at 10/1*.
Queen Mother Champion Chase
It’s impossible to look past Altior at 2/5* for the Queen Mother Champion Chase this year, Henderson’s nine-year-old has an impeccable record of 17-17 over obstacles and winning this race will see him reach the £1 million earnings club. The value may lie in the betting without Altior market where second favourite Min can be found at Evs*.
Cross Country Chase
Trainer Gordon Elliott will be looking to win the Cross Country for a third time in a row and it’s almost impossible to oppose his favourite, Tiger Roll. The 2018 Grand National winner could become the first horse to retain the Cross Country since Garde Champetre in 07/08. The three time Cheltenham Festival winner, returned to form with a terrific win over hurdles in a Grade Two at Navan last month. It was thought he would need a prep run but he romped home by four lengths at 25/1, rocketing him to fav for the Cross Country. You can currently back Tiger Roll at Evs* but we have a suspicion he’ll go off shorter on the day.
Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
The Fred Winter looks a bit of a minefield this year with unexposed juveniles from Ireland and Britain facing off. It’s currently 6/1 the field and only one favourite, Sanctuaire in 2010, has won this race in the last 10 years. Paul Nicholls has a decent record in this race with 1-2 in both 2015 and 2016 and his best bet could be Friend or Foe at 13/2* . The horse ran twice in France before joining Nicholl’s yard, winning impressively and making all on his stable debut at Taunton in December. The fact that connections decided not to run him again after being given a handicap mark of 128 could be key here. The Fred Winter has seen some big priced horses win in recent years with both the 2017 and 2018 winners coming in at 33/1. If you fancy a longshot again there’s plenty to choose from but we think Fanfan Du Seuil has a chance at 20/1**. Trainer Tom George has been in decent form of late and his horse beat Our Power by five lengths at Exeter in November and placed second in a race at Cheltenham in December.
The closing race of day two is the Grade One Champion Bumper, which is the most prestigious flat race in the National Hunt Calendar. This race often features winners that go on to become leading performers over obstacles such as Ballyandy and Cue Card. The Irish have a phenomenal record in this race in recent years and we can’t look past Envoi Allen here. Gordon Elliott’s five-year-old has justified odds-on favouritism in all three bumpers he has raced in in Ireland and looks a classy prospect at 7/2*. Despite this, only one favourite has won the race in the last five years and this was David Pipe’s Moon Race in 2015. Pipe sends Eden Du Houx to the race this year and the four-year-old looks a big price at 16/1* for an each way bet. After a successful debut under rules at Plumpton in December he stepped up to make all at Ascot just 18 days later. Pipe is lacking an established Grade One performer this season and Eden Du Houx could be the horse to change that.
*All odds from 21.co.uk’s online sportsbook are correct at the time of writing.
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