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Andrew Mount’s Best Bets – 2023 Cheltenham Festival | Day Two

Top Tipster Andrew Mount has his picks ready for Day Two at Cheltenham

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Posted: 6.30 March 15th (Odds correct at time of writing)

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CHELTENHAM 2.10
THUNDER ROCK – 1pt e/w (20/1 bet365, 18/1 generally)

Gerri Colombe made it seven wins from seven starts under Rules when scoring by a length and three-quarters from Balco Coastal at Sandown last time but six of those seven runs took place on right-handed tracks, with the other coming in a Naas bumper when 1-2 favourite. It’s possible that he’ll jump out to his right now racing over obstacles on a left-handed track for the first time – he edged to his right at Sandown last time – and could be worth opposing at skinny odds. I can make cases for Thyme Hill (has run well at the festival on three occasions) and The Real Whacker but at the prices, I’ll side with THUNDER ROCK. Olly Murph’s seven-year-old has not entirely convincing in the jumping department but was only beaten by a little over three lengths behind The Real Whacker in the Grade 2 Dipper Novices’ Chase here on New Year’s Day before his Sandown third to Gerri Colombe. The likely stronger gallop will help and if his jumping holds up, he’s no 16-1+ shot.

Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Broadway Novices’ Chase) (GBB Race)

CHELTENHAM 4.50
THE LAST DAY – 1pt win (25/1 generally)

I’m a bit gutted that my antepost pick Saint Segal didn’t make the cut for the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase but we get our money back and I’m going to have a few quid on 11-year-old THE LAST DAY. Age has been no barrier to success in this race and, given his best-fresh profile, it’s fascinating to see him come here rather than wait for the Red Rum Handicap Chase at Aintree, a race he won last year. His record when rested for at least six weeks stands at 19141F1156F15 (6-13) for a profit of £31.32 to £1, which would have been almost double had he not fallen at the last when 25-1 for his comeback last term. He disappointed when we bet him at Sandown on his reappearance .but he drifted from 7-1 to 28-1 that day and it could be that Cheltenham was always the plan.

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Andrew Mount’s Best Bets

CHELTENHAM 2.10
THUNDER ROCK – 1pt e/w (20/1 bet365, 18/1 generally)

CHELTENHAM 4.50
THE LAST DAY – 1pt win (25/1 generally)