Welcome to our Cheltenham Day Two Tips for 2017

Below are our Cheltenham tips for all races on the Wednesday of Cheltenham Festival 2017, including the Neptune Novices, Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Champion Bumper! Plus a recap of Cheltenham Festival 2016 and previous runners! All you need for Cheltenham Festival Day 2 in one place.

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Neptune Novices Hurdle - 1.30pm

Last year’s winner: Yorkhill 3/1
Distance: 2m 5f 26y

2017 Preview: Neon Wolf has been hugely impressive this season, unbeaten in his two starts over hurdles and an impressive nine length winner of the Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock. A previous three mile point to point winner, the step up in trip is unlikely to cause problems. Bacardys can’t be discounted on this year’s form, while trainer Evan Williams will be hoping De Dollar Man can step forward from his third place at Ascot to spring a surprise.

Our tips: Neon Wolf at 5/2

Read our full Neptune Novices Hurdle tips and preview here.

RSA Chase - 2.05pm

Last year’s winner: Blaklion 8/1
Distance: 3m 110y

2017 Preview: Might Bite looks set to go off near the front of the market, having run extremely well in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase before falling at the last when nearly 20 lengths clear of the chasing pack. Alpha Des Obeaux needs to recover from being pulled up last time out but was rated 158 at his peak over hurdles when finishing second in last year’s World Hurdle. Acapella Bourgeois put in one of the front running performances of the season to take the Grade 2 Ten Up Novice Chase by 32 lengths last month and deserves plenty of respect with stamina in abundance.

Our tips: Alpha Des Obeaux at 7/1 Each Way

Read our full RSA Chase tips and preview here.

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle - 2.40pm

Last year’s winner: Diamond King 12/1
Distance: 2m 5f

2017 Preview: Just two single figure prices and no favourites have won this race in the last 10 years, but Gigginstown’s Tombstone will be hoping to change that having been well backed in the antepost betting. Fourth in last year’s Supreme Novices Hurdle, his mark of 148 looks more than fair and he was considered a live chance for the Champion Hurdle so must be given plenty of respect. Modus received a significant weight hike for winning a good quality race but is a classy sorts who can’t be discounted. Hargam, sent off just 16/1 for last year’s Champion Hurdle, has been beaten long distances on his last three starts but would be well waited if the cheekpieces can see him return to last year’s form. Our Cheltenham tip Kalondra won as he liked last month at Huntingdon and despite a twelve pound rise should be well suited by the hill given his three mile point to point form from earlier in his career.

Our tips: Kalondra at 25/1

Read our full Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle tips and preview here.

Queen Mother Champion Chase - 3.20pm

Last year’s winner: Sprinter Sacre 5/1
Distance: 2m

2017 Preview: Douvan extended his unbeaten run to 14 races with ease last month, and looks to make it three from three at Cheltenham having already won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Arkle Trophy. He remains head and shoulders above the rest of the field here and on form just needs to stay on his feet to win this race. Fox Norton – winner of two races here in autumn – and the consistent God’s Own look set to lay down the main challenge, while Special Tiara – third in this race last year – can be expected to give his usual gutsy front running performance.

Our tips: Douvan at 4/11

Read our full Champion Chase tips and preview here.

 

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase - 4.00pm

Last year’s winner: Josies Orders 15/8f (Any Currency first past the post at 11/1, but later disqualified)
Distance: 3m 7f

2017 Preview: Cantlow suffered a shock defeat to a 50/1 outsider here in January, but the Enda Bolger trained 12 year old was poorly treated at the weights that day and still ran well. Cantlow’s owner JP McManus also owns the second and third favourites in Cause Of Causes and Auvergnat as he looks to make it back to back wins in this race. Sausalito Sunrise is an interesting recruit to this sphere having never attempted the course before, while Any Currency – first past the post in this race last year before being disqualified in August over a banned substance – was a well beaten third here in January. Our tip, Cause of Causes, has an excellent Festival record – two wins, a second and a third from just six attempts – and should leave recent efforts well behind him.

Our tips: Cause Of Causes at 4/1

Read our full Cross Country Chase tips and preview here.

Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap - 4.40pm

Last year’s winner: Diego Du Charmil 13/2
Distance: 2m 110y

2017 Preview: French recruits are likely to be popular in the betting again, often boasting extra experience over their British rivals, and Divin Bere has been strong in the early betting for Nicky Henderson. An average French flat horse, he had a good record in France when switched to hurdles before showing an impressive turn of foot to win on his British debut in January. Long Call has plenty to find here if the form line through Master Blueyes is to be read literally, but does receive 10lb from the Henderson charge and can improve. Our tip Dreamcatching was a bumper winner in France and won a weak race as he liked last time out, staying all the way to the line. He’s unexposed and trainer Paul Nicholls is an expert with four year olds.

Our tips: Dreamcatching at 12/1

Read our full Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle tips and preview here.

Champion Bumper - 5.15pm

Last year’s winner: Ballyandy 5/1f
Distance: 2m 110y

2017 Preview: The Champion Bumper always attracts a large field will line up for this and with so many lightly raced horses, picking a winner is often difficult.  Willie Mullins holds an impressive record of eight winners in the race and trains the likely favourite Carter McKay, who has been a comfortable winner of both his bumper runs so far. Fayonagh took a Listed Mares bumper by an impressive 20 lengths on her last start and receives a weight allowance, while Western Ryder suggested he has the stamina to stay the Cheltenham Hill when staying on all the way to the line during his Ascot win in December. Our tip is Cause Toujours, trained by Dan Skelton, who was a comfortable winner at Warwick back in December on his only start. His trainer has been bullish about his chances and the way he cruised around at Warwick suggests he’s a very exciting prospect.

Our tips: Cause Toujours at 8/1 Each Way

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RECAP: Cheltenham Festival Day 2 - 2016

Day two of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival got under way with the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle, with 11/10 favourite Yanworth a banker of the Festival for many. In a race perhaps Barry Geraghty would wish he could ride again, the bookies blushes were saved as Yorkhill took victory for Willie Mullins, getting first run under Ruby Walsh. Another race, another chance for the bookies to recoup their loses of the first day as 6/4 favourite for the RSA More Of That was readily held by both Blaklion and Shaneshill, with the former taking home a game victory for Ryan Hatch and Nigel Twiston-Davies. The Coral Cup is always a competitive affair and was a blanket finish once again for this year’s renewal, it was however Diamond King who would take victory for Davy Russell and Gordon Elliott.

Coming into the season, if you had told someone Sprinter Sacre would win the Queen Mother Champion Chase, you would have been scoffed at. He had however slowly been getting back to his best and after travelling well throughout the race, he breathtakingly swept past 4/6 favourite Un De Sceaux on the home turn and scored by three and a half lengths. It was one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the Festival, and a feel good moment for every racing fan. Moving onto the Glenfarclas Chase and Any Currency gained a fairytale story for Martin Keighley and Aidan Coleman after battling on gamely to fend off Josies’ Orders, or so we thought. He was later disqualified and the race handed to Josies’ Orders for the king of the banks, Enda Bolger.

The finish of the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle was a hugely dramatic one, with almost five in line coming to the last. Unfortunately both Campeador and Voix Du Reve, who looked to be travelling much stronger than the other three challengers, came down at the final fence leaving it to Diego Du Charmil, Romain De Senam and Coo Star Sivola. Although getting very tired late on and nearly being collared on the line, Diego Du Charmil clung on for victory ahead of stablemate Romain De Senam, with Coo Star Sivola also rallying to only go down by around three quarters of a length. Day two finished with the Champion Bumper and it was another bunched finish, with favourite Ballyandy and Battleford having a ding-dong battle up the Cheltenham Hill. It looked as though Willie Mullins’ Battleford was going to give him a record ninth win in the race, but Ballyandy proved just too good towards the finish and got up by a nose.

RECAP: Cheltenham Festival Day 2 2015

Day Two of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival saw the bookmakers come out narrowly on top with just the two winning favourites from the seven races. The Irish took the opener once again though not with the well supported Nichols Canyon as expected as Dermot Weld’s 9/2 shot Windsor Park scored by close to four lengths from Parlour Games. Over £20,000 in losing bets were recorded on the favourite, boosting the bookies satchels, but in the next race Don Poli landed the bets for Willie Mullins supporters at odds of 13/8, and took most if not all of that back. Perhaps the punters had lost too much in the first race as no massive bets were recorded despite his short price, though a few hardy folk, headed by a £4000 to win £7000 took what they could get. Kings Palace may have started second in the betting but he took plenty of early bets including one of £10,000 to win £40,000, but it wasn’t us thank goodness!

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls took the Coral Cup with 9/1 shot Aux Ptits Soins to add to the bookies profits, though as the favourite was 17/2, he was hardly unsupported.  It was perhaps the finish of the day with a neck, a neck, and half a length covering the first four home, and favourite backers trying to cheer Activial home but it wasn’t to be and we moved on swiftly to the Queen Mother Champion chase.

Sprinter Sacre is possibly the best two-mile chaser we have ever seen when 100% and he was sent off favourite at odds of 9/4 after a flurry of bets that knocked the bookmakers backwards. The biggest bet recorded was of £20,000 to win £55,000 and was backed up by plenty of others in the thousands, but he wasn’t himself and was pulled up when beaten before the last fence. Somersby ran yet another superb race in second for Mick Channon at odds of 33/1 and added to his place record in the top races but it was Paul Nicholls who doubled up for the day with Dodging Bullets who scored by a length and a quarter at odds of 9/2 landing two big bets of £2000 to win and £1000 to win (at 4/1) but not making a dent in comparison to the profits via Nicky Henderson’s horse.

Next stop on the whirlwind tour we had the Cross Country Chase, the marmite of the racing world, you either love it or you hate it. Well this year the bookmakers loved it more than most as 16/1 chance Rivage D’Or scored for Tony Martin. Not taking anything away from the winner, NO bets of any size were recorded on course and although not a skinner, you could hear the players laughing from the town centre.

Amazingly, us punters never seem to learn and Paul Nicholls made it a treble for the day and somehow, Qualando was allowed to start at the rather generous odds of 25/1. Admittedly, the yard went in mob handed and stable jockey Sam Twiston-Davies rode an alternative in All Yours (11/1) who finished fifth, but with the first four home at odds of 25/1, 14/1, 33/1 and 16/1 it was another race for the bookies and one they enjoyed a lot more than the rest of us!

One race to go, and finally the punters got some kind of respite as Moon Racer, David Pipe’s unbeaten six year old pulled one back for favourite backers. Sent off at 9/2, two £1000 bets were landed at a very nice 6/1 and one at 5/1 as well as a £3200 to £20,000 which at least meant those poor bookies had a little less cash to try and carry home.

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