Cheltenham Preview – Day 2
Nicky Henderson enjoyed a Day One to remember and our resident tipster also picked an 8/1 winner, and 3 double digit priced placed horses. We’re hopeful of more of the same Wednesday as we see the most exciting novice in training today and the return of the Tiger – a genuine superstar.
Here’s our tips if you’ve not got time to read the full preview:
- 1:30 The Ballymore Novices Hurdle – Envoi Allen 4/6 win, The Big Breakaway 17/2 Each Way
- 2:10 The RSA Chase – Minella Indo 11/4 win, Slate House 12/1 Each Way
- 2:50 The Coral Cup – Dame De Compaigne 7/1 Each Way, Birchdale 16/1 Each Way and Champagne Well 20/1 Each Way
- 3:30 Champion Chase – Chacun Pour Soi 11/8 Win, Dynamite Dollars 16/1 Each Way
- 16:10 Cross Country Chase – Tiger Roll 5/6 Win, Might Bite 12/1 Each Way
- 16:50 Fred Winter Handicap – Palladium 10/1 Each Way, Repitito 14/1 Each Way
- 17:30 The Bumper – Appreciate It 15/8 Win, The Glancing Queen 16/1 Each Way
The first race of the day is one of the best of the week – the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. It’s a race that has thrown up some huge names including Faugheen who is confirmed to run on Thursday and in Envoi Allen we may be looking at racing’s next big star. He’s won 7 from 7 including the Champion Bumper here at Cheltenham last year. He recently beat Abacadabras who narrowly lost the Supreme Novices Hurdle yesterday. In this race he will face his toughest test as he takes on Sporting John, who’s won 4 from 4, The Big Breakaway who’s won 3 from 3 and the Big Getaway who is also highly regarded. However, it is just impossible to look past Envoi Allen and even at a short price we have to side with him. For each way players then the Big Breakaway has not put a foot wrong and Colin Tizzard’s charge is highly thought of and at 17/2 offers fair value.
Go Sporting Tip – Envoi Allen Win 4/6, The Big Breakaway Each Way 17/2
The RSA Chase is the second race on the card and as ever it’s a competitive affair. The race looks to be between four and features four of the big six trainers in Henry De Bromhead, Nicky Henderson, Colin Tizzard and Willie Mullins. Henry De Bromhead is represented by Minella Indo and Rachel Blackmore is the pilot who won so impressively on Honeysuckle yesterday. Minella Indo won the Albert Bartlett last year and has won 4-5 over 3 miles. He’s taken to beat Champ who has question marks over his jumping and who fell last time out. The attractive Copperhead is improving all the time and he’s been tipped to go well by a lot of shrewd judges. The fourth horse is Allaho and trained by Willie Mullins who surprisingly is without a winner so far. His form ties in with Minella Indo and was impressive at Fairyhouse last time out. The each way play in this race is Colin Tizzard’s other entry Slate House who won impressively at Cheltenham in October and then again at Kempton in December and is a fair price at 12/1.
Go Sporting Tip – Minella Indo Win 3/1, Slate House Each Way 12/1
The Coral Cup is the first handicap of the day and is an absolute minefield to try and sort out who the likely winner is going to be. For a start there’s 26 horses running and almost all of them have some sort of chance. JP McManus has 6 runners and 3 of them are worth studying in more detail. Dame De Compagnie was very impressive when winning a 2 and a half mile handicap at Cheltenham and she’s been very well backed and given Barry Geraghty has picked her she is presumably McManus’ first string. Alfa Mix has come 1st and 2nd in two major handicaps at Navan and is clearly in great heart whilst Top Moon followed him home two runs ago and is sure to appreciate the step back up in trip. A horse that has been in the tracker for a while is the McManus Henderson combination again and the horse is Birchdale. He attempted a chase and didn’t get to grips with that discipline whilst last year at Cheltenham he was well supported before not getting home. He’s been laid out for the race and looks like he’ll go well at 16/1. Others to note include Fergal O’Brien’s horse Champagne Well who looks attractively handicapped and the same can be said for Willie Mullins’ horse Franco De Port.
Go Sporting Tip – Dame De Compagnie Each Way 7/1, Birchdale Each Way 16/1, Champagne Well Each Way 20/1
One of the big races of the day, indeed the Festival, is the Champion Chase. It’s disappointing that Altior had to withdraw with lameness as a battle between him, Defi Du Seuil and Chacun Pour Soi was mouthwatering but even with Altior this contest appears to be a good one. Chacun Pour Soi beat Defi Du Seuil in Ireland last year but Defi Du Seuil appears to be a better horse this time round whilst Chacun Pour Soi has taken a while to warm up after losing his comeback race to A Plus Tard. However, Chacun Pour Soi looks a real class operator and we think he can stop Philip Hobbs’ stable star. One to look out for at a bigger price is Dynamite Dollars who at 16/1 could go well.
Go Sporting Tip – Chacun Pour Soi Win 11/8 and Dynamite Dollars Each Way 16/1
Next up is the Cross Country Chase which is a race that has been dominated by the legend that is Tiger Roll. Tiger Roll has won this race the last twice and more famously won back to back Grand National’s and despite a small setback at the start of this campaign you’d have to be brave to take him on. He sauntered through the race last year and won with any amount in hand. He’s a Cheltenham specialist having won here four times and he’d be one of the most popular winners of the week. Of the others, the only one who has the class that he possesses is Might Bite but doubts remain about his form and if he’s fallen out of love with the game hence why Nicky Henderson sends him down the Cross Country route. At 12/1 he’s the each way play.
Go Sporting Tip – Tiger Roll Win Evens, Might Bite Each Way 12/1
The Fred Winter Handicap is another real head scratcher. Unsurprisingly it is a very competitive betting heat and is difficult to work out given the lack of runs by many of the horses involved. Two that we like in the are Palladium who drew nicely clear of older rivals at Sandown last month and is now 2-3 over hurdles. We also like Repetitio who has course and distance form and whilst risen 5lbs in the handicap she’d have a good each way chance.
Go Sporting Tip – Palladium Each Way 10/1, Repitito Each Way 14/1
The final race on the card is the Bumper which is a flat race and has seen some good winners in the past including Cue Card. This time round Willie Mullins seems very sweet on Appreciate It so much so that he called him his best chance of the week. When Mullins says that type of thing you’d be foolish not to sit up and take notice. The other one we liked in this race is The Glancing Queen who came 5th in this last year, won at Aintree before having a break. This indeed is his first run back but he’s won first time out before and at a price he could go well again.