Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Tips
|Time||Race||Our Tip||Place Bet|
|13:20||The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race||Bob Olinger||Place Bet|
|13:55||The Festival Novices’ Steeple Chase||Monkfish||Place Bet|
|14:30||The Coral Cup Hurdle||Koshari||Place Bet|
|15:05||The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase||First Flow||Place Bet|
|15:40||The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase||Easysland||Place Bet|
|16:15||The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup||Ibleo||Place Bet|
|16:50||The Weatherbys Champion Bumper||Three Stripe Life||Place Bet|
Cheltenham Festival day 2 sees the fastest chasers in Britain and Ireland lock horns in the feature Queen Mother Champion Chase over the minimum distance of two miles on Wednesday, March 17. The Ladies Day card also showcases potential Gold Cup contenders of the future in the Festival Novices’ Chase, one of three Grade 1s among the Cheltenham day 2 races, while the Coral Cup provides one of the Festival’s most challenging puzzles for punters and has seen a number of major gambles landed over the years. Here we highlight the leading fancies for the Cheltenham races day 2, delve into the history of the Queen Mother Champion Chase and give you our expert Cheltenham race tips for Wednesday.
Cheltenham Day 2 Races
The Cheltenham day 2 races kick off at 1.30pm with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, in which Envoi Allen confirmed himself as one of the most exciting horses around with his victory last year. Bravemansgame heads the market this time after an impressive win in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle and his trainer Paul Nicholls has already compared him to the stable’s legendary chaser Denman, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2008.
Denman had previously won the RSA Chase, the second race on day 2 and renamed this year as the Festival Novices’ Chase. Scheduled for 2.10pm, it is contested by many novices who go on to become Cheltenham Gold Cup contenders. Monkfish, who is already being talked of as a potential future Gold Cup winner, heads the market.
The third race, at 2.50pm, is the Coral Cup, a 2m5f handicap hurdle that always attracts a big field and is fiercely competitive. Nicky Henderson has trained four of the last 11 winners, including the last two.
The big event among the Cheltenham day 2 races, is the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, is scheduled for 3.30pm and sees the best 2m chasers from Britain and Ireland going head to head. Chacun Pour Soi was dramatically ruled out of the Champion Chase on the morning of the race last year and is a hot favourite to gain compensation this year.
Next up at 4.10pm is the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, a unique race at the Festival as the only one run over the 32 obstacles of the cross-country course. It was won in 2018 and 2019 by two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll, who could be in the line-up again.
The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase has moved to a new slot at 4.50pm on Tuesday, having previously been staged on the Friday, while the Cheltenham day 2 races conclude at 5.30pm with the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, the only race at the Cheltenham Festival in which no obstacles are jumped. It has introduced many stars of the future including Florida Pearl, Cue Card and Envoi Allen.
Cheltenham Wednesday Feature Race
The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase brings together the fastest chasers in jump racing over the minimum distance of two miles. A winner has to have speed, and the ability to jump the 13 fences accurately at that speed. It is open to horses aged five and above and offers £400,000 in prize-money. While the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the highest-profile of the Cheltenham Festival’s three feature chases, the Champion Chase has itself produced some of the greatest chasers in history. Gold Cup legend Arkle tops Timeform’s list of the best of all time, but second and third are Flyingbolt and Sprinter Sacre, both winners of the Champion Chase.
15:30 Queen Mother Champion Steeplechase
Among the best winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase in recent years is Altior, the two-time champion who notched a record 18th successive career victory when defending his crown in 2019. But the once invincible chaser has now lost two of his last three starts and is a double-figure price for the race he once dominated. Chacun Pour Soi was dramatically withdrawn from the Champion Chase last year on the morning of the race due to a foot abscess. He was the market leader at the time and is hot favourite again this time round after two impressive wins this season. He will be regarded by many as one of the bankers of the meeting.
Last year’s winner Politologue, trained by six-time Champion Chase winner Paul Nicholls, splits Chacun Pour Soi and Altior in the betting as second favourite.
Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Betting Tips
Get your Wednesday off to a flyer by backing Bravemansgame in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, the first of our Cheltenham Festival day 2 tips. Highly regarded by trainer Paul Nicholls, he is very much on the upgrade and his Challow Hurdle win puts him clear of his likely rivals here.
Monkfish is already being talked up as a Gold Cup winner in the making and is the rightful favourite in the Festival Novices’ Chase. He has twice beaten Latest Exhibition, but the margin in last season’s Albert Bartlett was only a neck and, last time Leopardstown, Latest Exhibition held every chance at the final fence before Monkfish pulled clear. At around 10-1, it is worth taking a chance on Latest Exhibition making it third time lucky, so he is the second of our Cheltenham Wednesday tips.
The final horse among our Cheltenham day 2 tips is Nube Negra in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. He has his work cut out against hot favourite Chacun Pour Soi but the young pretender took a huge leap forward when defeating Altior over Christmas and can shake up his more established rivals by grabbing a place at least. Back him each-way at around 12-1.
Cheltenham Free Bets For Wednesday
Make the most of our Cheltenham Festival day 2 tips by taking advantage of the range of free bets that will be on offer. The Cheltenham Festival is the biggest betting event in the sporting calendar and the bookies will be falling over themselves to get your custom. Many offers on Wednesday will centre around the headline horse Chacun Pour Soi, with bookmakers offering money back if your horse finishes second to the hot favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Other offers to look out for are money back if your horse falls and bet365’s popular TV racing offer of a free bet in the following ITV race for every winner you back at 4-1 or more.