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Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival was a mixed day, with Corrach Rambler winning for us at odds of 10/1 in the Grand Annual. That makes it three years in a row that I've managed to pick the winner of that race, which is quite remarkable, hopefully, that luck will fall into Day 2. So let's get stuck in with our Cheltenham day 2 tips!
Day 2 of cheltenham has your generic tough handicaps, top-class Novice Grade 1's and combined with an X-Country chase. Hopefully, you picked out some winners yesterday, and good luck with today.
1:30 – Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
For me, the player in this race is JOURNEY WITH ME, who has a lot more ability than what we’ve seen from him so far. The races which he has won haven’t been run to suit, as he looks a thorough stayer at this trip, but on the previous two runs he has had to make the running at some point as the pace on offer wasn’t strong enough, especially last time out where the first half mile was a total crawl.
He didn’t win as emphatically as you’d like at Naas, for a 4/11F, but the pace was terrible, so the fact he did win under those conditions showed the class he has. The maiden hurdle he won the time before has started to look better (hopefully a lot better with Kilcruit running in the Supreme on Monday) with Minella Crooner running a big race at Leopardstown Festival, finishing runner-up in a Grade 1 race, with horses in that race looking like big players in the Albert Bartlett.
- Advised: Journey With Me 13/2 (Each Way) & 9/4 w/o Sir Gerhard @ The Pools
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2:10 – Brown Advisory Novices' Chase
FURY ROAD is my fancy in this, and the odds around in the mid-teens is fairly respectable and understandable. He doesn’t have the sexy profile as the ones towards the top of the market who have 1’s next to their form, but he is a classy horse and is a strong stayer who handles the track. On official ratings, he is the second-best horse in the race, being rated 160, 4lbs inferior to Bravemansgame.
This horse finished 3rd in the Albert Bartlett back in 2020 behind Monkfish, which is a cracking piece of form, and he was staying on powerfully that day up the hill, so you know his stamina is there. Since then, he’s been a bit stop/start, but has since got his career back since moving to fences.
He started off over 2m 4/5 running well behind Beacon Edge, Gabynako, but that trip was probably on the sharp side. He then won a Grade 1 beating Run Wild Fred in easy fashion, and that was a very nice run.
I think you can forgive him for his run at Leopardstown where he was out of his comfort zone with a strong pace set, and he made a shuddering mistake when travelling okay, and that put his race to bed. This trip and track will suit better, and I think he is worth an EW shot.
- Advised: Fury Road 14/1 (Each Way) @ The Pools
- 🏇 Full Brown Advisory Novices' Chase Preview & Tips
2:50 – Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
A horse who has gone missing since his good Novice season is COMMANDER OF FLEET, and this horse is my selection in this race.
Shane Fitzgerald takes off a handy 5lbs, and this horse will be staying on strongly up the hill. He might be off the bridle a little earlier than some others, but he will keep plodding along. He has good course form when finishing 2nd to Minella Indo in the Albert Bartlett in 2019 which is clearly good form, with the winner since winning the Gold Cup, horses like Allaho in behind and Lisnagar Oscar.
I think the drying ground is up this guy’s street, he won a Grade 1 hurdle on good to yielding. Shane gets on well with this horse, they combined when winning a decent pot at Navan last December at odds of 40/1. His most recent run was a good effort, but I think the soft ground he encountered wouldn’t have helped, plus he bumped into a couple of nice horses.
I imagine they’ll have him close to the pace, to avoid any trouble and to ensure he can get his engine into top gear without interference.
- Advised: Commander Of Fleet 40/1 (Each Way) @ The Pools
- 🏇 Full Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle Preview & Tips
3:30 – Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
A horse who could pick up a place is FUNAMBULE SIVOLA who has had a cracking season for Venetia Williams.
This horse pushed Shishskin all the way last year in April when finishing 3.25L behind him, that was the best race Shishskin had up until the Ascot race, with no real contenders, so that’s a positive for this horse.
This year he has contested some handicaps, winning one, as well as not staying in another at Cheltenham off top weight, but his win at Newbury against Sceau Royal looked good on the eye. Sceau Royal is a good yardstick, who is a very good horse on good ground and often runs well in this race, where he finished 5th last year and 3rd in 2019.
If you can get a bet on w/o the first two favourites, then that would be my best in the race.
- Advised: Funambule Sivola (Bet without Shishskin & Energumene) @ The Pools
- 🏇 Full Queen Mother Champion Chase Preview & Tips
4:10 – Glenfarclas Chase
TIGER ROLL has made this race his own in recent years, winning it three times from the last four renewals, and he is the one they have to beat today.
There’s a lot of controversy with Tiger with his owners saying he won’t run in the Grand National, which I think is total nonsense. Personally, I think he should run in the Grand National, and the weights he would carry isn’t the problem for him, as he would still run a cracking race in that as well, for them to want a few pounds less to carry is bonkers.
However, in this race, all the horses carry the same weight, which makes it a much easier task for the class horses in the race. At the age of 12, this will probably be his last race, and it’ll be a tough task, but based on his run in this last year, he could hose up, and I think he has a strong chance of doing so.
4:50 – Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase
I’m going to have a small play in this race on a front runner, and it’s only a small bet as he is a bit of a nutter, but if the others let him crack on, which I think they might, he might be a runaway winner.
FOR PLEASURE is my first take in this race, and when you consider the races he’s contested this season as a novice, you can forgive him massively. This is his first handicap and I think a mark of 138 is low and underestimates his ability. He is a nutter who has one way of running, but he has the ability and has to be taken seriously.
He has bumped into some of the top novice chasers from the UK this year, so will find this easier. There is a strong chance he’ll run out of steam, or even fall, as he is prone to mistakes. But on the off chance, I think he could spring a surprise, similar to Croco Bay who won this race in 2019 at odds of 66/1 benefiting from a front running ride.
Arguably, my main fancy in this race is THYME WHITE who looks ideal for this kind of race. Bryony will have him prominent but settled in behind the leaders, and the quick pace will allow him to settle and get into a nice rhythm.
Good ground is what he wants and is what he should get. I was taken by how easily he won at Doncaster last time out, and it was visually very impressive. I’m not going to lie, but the odds on offer are slightly shorter than I anticipated, but people must have the same opinion as me.
He comes into this race very fresh and primed for a big run. Paul hasn’t sent many runners to the Festival this year, so the ones he has, need to be noted.
- Advised: Thyme White 10/1 (Each Way) @ The Pools
- For Pleasure 22/1 (Each Way) @ The Pools
- 🏇 Full Challenge Cup Handicap Chase Preview & Tips
5:30 – Weatherbys Champion Bumper
Milton Harris has been the man to follow this year for Juvenile races, with him having a tremendous season. He places his horses very well, and I do believe a lot in what he says. When trainers come out and say stuff, most of the time it’s what you want to hear, and is often a load of rubbish, but with Milton I get the feeling he is straight as they come.
The stats are totally against his runner in this race, ROSY REDRUM, being a 4yo and a Mare, but she looks a talented filly and the fact she gets all the allowances makes her of interest. I think she was an unlucky loser last time out at Newbury in Class 1 Listed bumper, where the rider arguably gave her too much to do.
She was quite green in the finish, which is a slight concern, but with the experience under her belt, she could have more to offer. From the quote of Milton, it sounds like she is going to be held up again, which isn’t ideal, but he said “She worked well with Knight Salute the other day.
She's a good filly out of a Dubawi mare. She's only four but she'll be one of the biggest in the paddock. I hope the rain stays away and she'll be a strong traveller.
She gets 17lb but will need a bit of luck in running. We're having a go and she should be on the bridle at the bottom of the hill.” At prices of around 33/1, she is my EW play in the race.
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