Meetings:

Day Two of the Festival could succumb to the weather but Thommo presents his best picks for the planned seven races.

1.30pm Ballymore Novices Hurdle

BATTLEOVERDOYEN (1.30) can extend his unbeaten record in the opening Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. Gordon Elliott’s gelding arrives at Cheltenham with a tall reputation, his latest success coming in a Grade 1 at Naas when sent off favourite.

The stable sent out Samcro to win this event last year and Battleoverdoyen should have the measure of home favourite Champ, another horse with a string of 1s next to his name. His victory in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury at the end of a December doesn’t look quite so hot now, however, with runner-up Getaway Trump looking laboured at Kelso earlier this month.

Brewinupastorm fell at the last when just getting the better of Birchdale and could turn round Newbury form with Champ now given a sterner stamina test.

There are certain to be more upsets on this searching ground and, as yesterday proved, don’t be afraid to back outsiders each-way if you fancy their chances. Most bookies are offering generous terms.

2.10pm RSA Novices Chase

DELTA WORK (2.10) was put up a few weeks ago for the RSA Chase but I’m not quite so confident he can beat off Santini, the horse most likely to act in the mud. Delta Work, winner of last year’s Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle, has taken brilliantly to fences, taking the notable scalp of Le Richebourg at Fairyhouse in early December.

Santini hasn’t enjoyed a smooth prep but is a smart horse. Nicky Henderson’s gelding was given a lot to do when a staying-on third to Kilbricken Storm in the Albert Bartlett 12 months ago and rates a big danger if all is well.

2.50pm Coral Cup

URADEL (2.50) has been burning a hole in my Cheltenham notebook for several weeks and, from a choice of engagements, Willie Mullins has opted for the Coral Cup. The Cesarewitch runner-up seems hardly overburdened with 10st 10lb on his back and Ruby Walsh gave Uradel a considerate ride at Leopardstown when running on from the rear. Mullins fields six in the race but Walsh has stayed loyal to his mount.

Brio Conti edged out Honest Vic at Ascot, with last Saturday’s Imperial Cup heroine Malaya six lengths adrift in fourth, and looks sure to be involved for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden. Further up the weights, it’s not hard to envisage a prominent showing from tough Vision Des Flos.

The Gigginstown horses didn’t fire yesterday but Farclas and Cracking Smart are well worth a second look at double-digit odds.

3.30pm Champion Chase

ALTIOR (3.30) would appear to have the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at his mercy once again and it’s a race to sit back and enjoy unless you fancy an outsider to run into a place.

4.10pm Cross Country

TIGER ROLL (4.10) will be hard to topple in the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase and rates a banker in many books. Again, there is plenty of scope for each-way alternatives and last year’s runner-up Urgent De Gregaine is trading at quite a big price.

4.50pm Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (aka Fred Winter)

The Irish may well have a stranglehold on the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, previously known as the Fred Winter, and Joseph O’Brien’s BAND OF OUTLAWS (4.50), a smart sort on the Flat who has taken well to the obstacles, could be the one to beat. That man Gordon Elliott produced a 33-1 shock last year with Veneer of Charm, ridden by stable jockey Jack Kennedy, and he rides Coko Beach in the same colours.

Significantly, perhaps, Davy Russell takes the mount on another Elliott entrant Lethal Steps, running in the Cheveley Park Stud colours (also on Chief Justice) which adorned the winner’s circle yesterday with big gamble A Plus Tard. Lethal Steps has cheek-pieces for the first time.

5.30pm Champion Bumper

ENVOI ALLEN (5.30) also dons their distinctive red silks and white sash and defends an unbeaten record for the Elliott yard. Envoi Allen gave 3lb and a beating to Meticulous at Leopardstown when racing wide off the home bend and should confirm that form. Another Elliott entry, Abacadabras, was running a big race, but looked held, when crashing through the far rail inside the final furlong at Leopardstown and is open to improvement.

There’s any number of unexposed sorts in the 14-strong field and Blue Sari could hardly have won any easier in the McManus silks at Gowran Park. Nicholls-trained Ask For Glory could be best of the home team.

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74 Comments
  1. uncle pom 4 months ago

    March -29

    Cheltenham

    13:30 easy game 8/1 1pt win

    14:10 drovers lane 16/1 0.5ew
    Top of the game 4/1 1pt win

    14:50 Wicklow brave 25/1 1pt win
    Scarpeta 20/1 0.5 ew

    • uncle pom 4 months ago

      Poms back 🐎👍

    • uncle pom 4 months ago

      Wicklow unlucky to not win there no profit or lose for me. But happy to get first Cheltenham winner.

      Well done all 👍

    • 4 months ago

      Incle pom how many points do you think you stake in a average month? I Hope you can reply i am just trying to work out the best people to follow i really dont understand much about racing yet but i am learning.

    • Warrington wolf 4 months ago

      Craig i cant speak for pom im sure he will answer you himself if he sees your question but i followed him all of december and it was roughly about 130 points staked give or take. Hope this helps.

    • uncle pom 4 months ago

      Bit of an odd question to answer really, I bet world wide on racing so would depend on what’s on in that month, so it’s not always the same.

      Always stay in control though and only use money you can afford to lose. You can have great months and terrible ones.

      I think database gave some good advice the other day on starting balance/ monthly stakes etc.

      This forums is a great community full of great tipsters, my advice would be look at peoples selections and make your own choice.

  2. jimba 4 months ago

    Day Two is on👍, course passed inspection

  3. double carpet 4 months ago

    Day 1 started well but went south from then on. BDD falling was a big blow and I thought Discorama was going to get there in the last but Jamie Codd proved why he’s the best amateur rider around.

    1.30 Sam’s Profile ew / City Island small ew

    I thought he was very unlucky lto against BOD
    He made a mess of 4 out and then had to be switched at the last and couldn’t make the ground up on the short run in.
    He will need to jump better and hopefully the ground isn’t bottomless but this trip looks perfect for him and I’d love to see Mouse Morris get one over giggenstown.
    If City Island was with Elliott or Mullins he would be much shorter in the market. He beat Dallas Des Pictons (fav for Martin Pipe) easily over 3m so distance won’t be a problem and is owned by the sponsors of the race.

    2.10 Delta Work
    Tough as they come and is already a festival winner which is a big advantage

    2.50 Uradel NAP
    Didn’t think he would get in as he was 82nd I think at one stage but somehow he has and I think he will take a huge amount of beating off this mark. Ruby is a bit more selective with his mounts this year but he’s not letting this one go.

    3.30 Altior
    Hopefully he will show us why he’s the best horse in training.

    4.10 Tiger Roll NB
    What a return to action he produced over hurdles in a Grade 2 making the others look like they were sellers. Surely the one to beat

    4.50 Band of Outlaws
    Would love to see JOB get his first festival winner and has a great chance with this horse who won easily lto and should have plenty more in the locker

    5.30 Abacadabras ew / Ask for Glory ew

    I thought aba was running a huge race lto but ran out when he got hit with the whip, probably scared him, but he will learn from that.
    That was only his 2nd run and there should be more to come.
    Ask for Glory was very impressive on his first start for Nicholls and again should have a lot more to offer

    BOL

    • busstop.2018 4 months ago

      DC .nice winner yesterday .

      GL

    • double carpet 4 months ago

      Cheers busstop.
      Hopefully get more than the one today but you know Cheltenham

  4. ew thief 4 months ago

    Morning all well done winners yesterday
    Sams profile 1.30 10-1
    Worlds end 2.10 22-1
    Killultah Vic 2.50 12-1
    Sceau royal 3.30 20-1
    Urgent de gregaine 4.10 10-1
    Fanfan du seuil 4.50 14-1
    Ask for glory 5.30 13-2
    Ew singles & ew super hienz ☘️Gl all on day 2👍

  5. busstop.2018 4 months ago

    Morning all .Well done yesterdays winners on what looked a very tough day for most. Bad one for me.Bookies satchels were full at Cheltenham.

    HUNTINGDON

    16.25. .Cardigan Bay. .4/1

    17.05. .Coopers Square. 1/1

    CHELTENHAM

    14.10. .Santini. .7/2

    14.50. .Brio Conti. .14/1. .E/W

    16..10. .Josies Orders. .10/1 . .E/W

    17.30. .The Glancing Queen. .28/1 .

    GL ALL

  6. busstop.2018 4 months ago

    The Glancing Queen is also E/W.

  7. maverick 4 months ago

    Okay so yesterday wasnt great no point moping about time to dust myself down and get back in about it on day 2 of the best festival about

    2.10 – Delta Work NAP
    2.50 – Uradel NB

    Good luck today

  8. theplug 4 months ago

    Nap/Nb
    Band of Outlaws 13/2
    Cheltenham 4-50
    My bet of the festival

    • postman 4 months ago

      Great Tip, Great Price. Thanx

    • 4 months ago

      Excellent stuff

  9. minion_daft 4 months ago

    Taking advantage of Sky’s money back as a free bet

    1:30 Cheltenham – Sam’s Profile 10/1

    • minion_daft 4 months ago

      Money back as cash sorry!

  10. Johnb 4 months ago

    Just the two place wins yesterday which was poor but Champ is one of our antepost bets we have been waiting on and would be life changing money for our members so fingers crossed we get the luck

    1:30
    28/1 CASTLEBAWN WEST e/w
    4/1 CHAMP win

    2:10
    5/2 DELTA WORK win NB

    2:50
    12/1 CRACKING SMART e/w
    28/1 WICKLOW BRAVE e/w

    3:30
    4/9 ALTIOR win
    4/1 GODS OWN to place first 3
    33/1 GODS OWN e/w

    4:10
    6/4 TIGER ROLL win NAP

    4:50
    14/1 FANFAN DU SEUIL e/w

    5:30
    5/1 ENVOI ALLEN e/w
    3/1 BLUE SARI win
    20/1 THYME HILL e/w

    Cheltenham Placepot
    8 bets
    Race 1 (6-7)
    Race 2 (2)
    Race 3 (1-9)
    Race 4 (1-3)
    Race 5 (13)
    Race 6 (8)

    • chilleden 4 months ago

      Great to see you back. I used to love your knowledge and insight. Hope everything is going well.

    • Johnb 4 months ago

      Yeah going well thanks, hope you’re getting the winners

    • jackb 4 months ago

      Hello John, hope all is well!

      Glad to see you’re back. Just a quick one…

      Have you had any ante post bets for the 1000 Guineas ?

      All the best & good luck 👍🏻

    • hopper 4 months ago

      Great to see you back JohnB

  11. frankel 4 months ago

    1.30 Cheltenham Battleoverdoyen@7/2, 2.10 Cheltenham On the blind side@12/1, 2.50 Cheltenham Killultagh Vic@11/1, 4.10 Cheltenham Urgent de Gregaine@9/1.

  12. rog 4 months ago

    A J runs in the first at Lingfield today for his new owners and trainer (claimed after last win ) . I had a part of this horse while he was with M J , if the new surroundings and p howling have freshened him up he could go close today but whatever happens today he will be winning again and one for the notebook.

    Cheltenham
    13.30 beakstown ew 16/1
    14.10 delta work 5/2
    16.10 urgent de gregain ew9/1
    16.50 dogon ew 16/1

    Coral cup . Just for interest incase Uradel dosnt like the soft . one stake split between
    Knight in dubai 28/1
    William Henry 33/1
    Highest sun 18/1

  13. amateurhour 4 months ago

    Ballymores- Battleoverdoyen 9/2, Sams Profile 11/1 E/W
    Rsa Chase- Santini 3/1
    Coral Cup-Tully East 20/1 E/W, Highest Sun 20/1 E/W
    Champ Chase- Altior 4/9
    Cross Country- Tiger Roll 6/4
    Fred Winter- Star Max 16/1 E/W
    Champion Bumper-Master Debonair 11/1 E/W, Meticulous 8/1 E/W

  14. azzthewigan 4 months ago

    sams profile 1.30 mister malarky 2.10 bleu berry 2.50 hells kitchen 3.30 ew ..fact of the matter 4.10 naturelle 4.50 meticulous 5.30 well done all winners yesterday

  15. postman 4 months ago

    William Hills are offering 4/5 on ALTIOR for a maximum stake of £50 (Happy Hour Promotion)

    1:30 – Brewin’upastorm (each way)
    2:10 – SANTINI (NAP)
    2:50 – Farclas (each way)
    3:30 – On that ALTIOR bet above
    4:10 – Auvergnat (each way)
    4:50 – Band of Outlaws
    5:30 – Thyme Hill (each way)

    Good Luck everyone

  16. Macktheknife 4 months ago

    Hi Everyone

    E/W L15 Cheltenham Picks today are

    Delta Work 2.10 9/4
    Josies Orders 4.10 10/1
    Erick le rouge 2.50 18/1
    Envoi Allen 5.15 9/2

    Good luck

  17. postman 4 months ago

    I have to say I am starting to think something could be amiss in the Gordon Elliott stable. 3 fancied horses have run miserably, Hardline, Apples Jade and now Battleoverdoyen.

    Tiger Roll anyone?

    • double carpet 4 months ago

      Thought Delta Work ran ok but got to close to the 3rd last and that was curtains.
      But I know what your saying

    • maverick 4 months ago

      I’m really worried about this as well I have been on each of those favourites and not 1 has done the business and now got so many doubts about Tiger Roll

    • maverick 4 months ago

      Didnt even come off the bridle why was a worried lol

  18. 4 months ago

    Does anyone know why jump horses dont start in traps or gates like they do at chelmsford and lingfield etc. Sorry if its a stupid question.

    • postman 4 months ago

      There probably is a sensible answer out there somewhere Craig, but what I do know having been up close to a couple of hunter chasers is that they simply would not fit in any stalls that I have seen.

    • 4 months ago

      Thanks alot for replying postman that makes alot of sense if they are to big

    • Johnb 4 months ago

      Not just the one answer to that, because flat races are predominately far shorter in distance it is for fairness that all horses start from the same point, some longer flat races and all National Hunt races it’s less important as it’s more tactical as to where you are in the race and jumps races tend to be on softer ground so it’s harder to move the stalls in time for the horses coming round again

  19. buzzer 4 months ago

    Altior… Such a class act made hard work of it but his class shone through

    • buzzer 4 months ago

      ??

  20. elvis parsley 4 months ago

    Prabeni 4-50 Cheltenham
    6-1 top 5 finish
    8-1 top 4 finish
    40-1 ew

  21. double carpet 4 months ago

    Easy for Tiger

  22. buzzer 4 months ago

    I Don’t know who I’m more impressed by Altiors gutsy win to make it 18 in a row or Tiger roll making a complete mockery of the cross country field he should go off for the favourite for the national next month what a performance!!

  23. database 4 months ago

    how can you pick the first 6 winners in ITV 7, and then not go with tiger roll, LOL unbelievable, hope he bet on the first 6 in an acca.

  24. Johnb 4 months ago

    At the moment the placepot is about £20 but guaranteed to be a lot of tickets going out in the last race so fingers crossed Fanfan Du Seuil gets a place while also hoping 3 & 17 don’t get placed because nearly half the tickets left are on those two

  25. jimba 4 months ago

    theplug Get in Band of Outlaws wins😊👍, great tipping 👌Happy days🍀

  26. maverick 4 months ago

    I need either Blue Sari or preferably Envoi Allen to get me back on level terms for the 1st 2 days 🤞

    • database 4 months ago

      well done plug, quality info which you are quite known for. as for maverick, i need blue sari for my treble so let’s have 4 favs in a row :D

  27. 4 months ago

    Cheers plug saved my bacon

  28. double carpet 4 months ago

    Turning into a decent day. Band of Outlaws strolls in.
    Well done plug too. You were all over that one

    • theplug 4 months ago

      ya DC i was all over it the word was spot on .jj told us last week that they had him entered in the triumph he was the only danger to sir eric so they decided to run him in the fred winter instead, it was a easier race and it payed off.waiting for word for one tomorrow from D jacob will post when i hear

  29. Johnb 4 months ago

    Nice little tricast in the last paying nearly £109.79 for every £1

    • Johnb 4 months ago

      Exactly not nearly 🙈

    • recoba 4 months ago

      Combined tricast?
      Had Envoi Allen and Sari but no Thyme Hill or I’d been in. 👍

    • recoba 4 months ago

      *Conbination

    • Johnb 4 months ago

      Yeah did combination six bets although I had it posted in the right order

    • database 4 months ago

      where did you post this John??

      5/1 ENVOI ALLEN e/w
      3/1 BLUE SARI win
      20/1 THYME HILL e/w

      do you mean that?? LOLOLOLOL.. if so. this is why you generated so much anger/hatred. we all love your knowledge but to spout off about a tricast after you tipped the loser is beyond belief…

    • Johnb 4 months ago

      I didn’t say I posted a tricast, I said I had a nice little tricast in the last
      If you also look at previous years at Cheltenham I have always said my Cheltenham selections are there to do with whatever people like and I fancied doing a tricast with them,
      The three horses were there for everyone to see and hopefully someone else thought to themselves “I think I will try those three in a tricast”

      And also I generated so much anger and hatred because people don’t like other people who are good especially people who know they are good and I am damn good at this game 😘

    • recoba 4 months ago

      Welcome back ej JohnB!?
      Lol.
      Some nice tips all round I say.

    • database 4 months ago

      Ohhhh so you just came on to tell us about your win?? no harm there then, nicely done.

      the three horses?? two of them were near certainties to be in the top 3, the third, postman tipped up EW before you, so not sure that warrants proclaiming yourself to be damned good, you think people resented you for your knowledge? that is the only reason why people had time for you lol.. people didn’t like your attitude and in the end, endless stream of losers… having someone so involved in racing that you can actually talk to and ask questions was great… i think everyone would want that back.

      you said you posted the horses in the right order on here, as if you tipped it up or actually mentioned a tricast at all, all you did was tip a loser a 5/1 2nd fav EW and a decent albeit regurgitated 20/1 shot 3rd.

      if you want to see damned good, go and find the person who took your losing tip and short 2nd fav EW selection combined with the third, realised you had it in the wrong order, rearranged them, and then landed the tricast which wasnt even suggested.

      i am glad to see you back but humility still missing, going as far as to post the tricast return which you didnt even tip and post it in a way which implies you’ve helped the thread is a bit unneeded.

    • theplug 4 months ago

      good to see you back johnb well done with your winners today

    • recoba 4 months ago

      To be fair I really did wonder why Envoi was posted first?
      Never thought it was anything to do with a Tricast and I had the reverse so I’ll take that.

      Onwards…

    • Johnb 4 months ago

      recoba I post them in order of chance, I thought Envoi had more of a chance of placing than Blue Sari had of winning and Blue Sari had more of a chance of winning than Thyme had of being placed,
      It was the same with the order in the first, third and fourth races

    • hopper 4 months ago

      Database, you are a complete muppet

  30. recoba 4 months ago

    And Envoi Allen comes in too DC from Alan… 3/ 4 in my Yankee.
    Saves the day!

  31. jackb 4 months ago

    Hello John, hope all is well!

    Glad to see you’re back. Just a quick one…

    Have you had any ante post bets for the 1000 Guineas ?

    All the best & good luck 👍🏻

    • Johnb 4 months ago

      No sorry, I told members we were putting all our Classic eggs in one basket for 2019 and those eggs were all Too Darn Hot for the 2000 Guineas in what could be a new race record time if he settles early, of all the previous Classic winners I have put up this horse is by far the best

  32. theplug 4 months ago

    Brilliant day all round posted band of outlaws last week as bet of the festival 7/1 last night, .now triumph hurdle friday Sir Eric 1/1 JJ Sleven said he wont be beaten not a great price but put him in your doubles or trebles,accas .also i backed j codd in the last was told he wouldn’t be beaten gave me a great day

  33. theplug 4 months ago

    Well done DC and anyone who gave winners today

  34. theplug 4 months ago

    will have one for tomorrow will post it when i get the word,and the word will be coming from d jacob

  35. theplug 4 months ago

    my picks for tomorrow
    defi du seuil 3/1
    footpad 4/1 nb
    faugheen 4/1
    janika 9/2
    sinoria 9/2 nap
    lucky 31

    • database 4 months ago

      sinoria 8s

  36. database 4 months ago

    trolling how? he specifically mentioned a reverse forecast yesterday, he didnt today and then boast’s of a £109 tricast alluding to how he typed them on this site… he was 9pts and 32 place pots down on day 1, then he posts as if someone was on his non-existent tricast, johnb would be mvp of the thread if he was to contribute more, just being real

    • Mr Fixit 4 months ago

      I respect Johnb and his knowledge is second to none but from what I see the tricast wasn’t advised.
      Johnb will always be welcome on here after his contributions over the years but I’m happy with who we have tipping and Alan Thomson had four Cheltenham winners on day two so that was great.

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