Cheltenham Festival day 2 betting tips and predictions for every race on the day two card for Wednesday 16th March 2016.
There’s no let-up for the 2016 Cheltenham Festival as it’s full steam into day two and the highlight on the Wednesday being the Queen Mother Champion Chase – can top Irish trainer Willie Mullins win the race for the first time with his classy Un De Sceaux, or will we have a day two shock on our hands?
Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Tips
1:30pm Betting Tips Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle
Favourite backers will be looking to get day two off to the perfect start here as YANWORTH really does look like being another of the meeting’s banker bets. This 6 year-old was a fair fourth in the Festival Bumper 12 months ago, but has not looked back since being put over hurdles – winning all four starts – and there should be even more to come. Trained by Alan King, and owned by JP McManus, the horse has been in great hands during his first season jumping, while the way he won the trial for this race at the track at the end of January suggests he’ll be very hard to beat here for our first Cheltenham day 2 betting tip. There is a strong chance that he’s improved further since that last run and with now two solid runs at the track then we know the venue shouldn’t pose any problems either. Ground won’t be an issue – having won in a variety of conditions from heavy to good-to-soft, while in Barry Geraghty the horse will have no better man to guide him round. The rest might just be fighting it out for the places, but it would be foolish to ignore any Willie Mullins-trained runner as they’ve won this race three times and had six placed in the last 11 years. A Toi Phil, who has done little wrong in winning his last two at Leopardstown, might be worth an each-way saver against the favourite.
2:10pm RSA Chase Betting Tips
This race looks a match-up between NO MORE HEROES and More Of That, so it’s a race that’s sure to split opinions. The Irish have won six of the last eight renewals, while it’s a race that 7 year-olds seem to do best in – winning eight of the last nine runnings. More Of That is a horse that many will remember winning the 2014 World Hurdle at the festival, but he had a few issues since then and only returned from a further year off last November to start his chasing career. He’s actually only had eight career runs in total, so there should be more to come, while the form of his latest win over fences was franked recently with the second, Sametegal, winning the Greatwood Gold Cup earlier this month. We know the horse loves it here at Cheltenham – he’s actually unbeaten from four runs (2 hurdles and 2 chasing), but we are worried that his last race came back in December and horses that ran in the same calendar year have generally gone better in this race. Plus at 8 years-old he’ll be looking to become the oldest horse since Rule Supreme (2004) to land the prize – since 1998 all-bar-one of the winners were aged 7 or younger. With that in mind then NO MORE HEROS is the call for our second day 2 Cheltenham tip. This Gordon Elliott-trained 7 year-old heads here on a three timer after a trio of wins in Ireland and don’t forget he was a decent third in the Albert Bartlett last season – 4 of the last 6 winners ran in that race the previous year. The Gigginstown House Stud also took the prize last year with Don Poli, plus in 2010 with Weapon’s Amnesty, so know what’s required and with not much depth in this year’s race then everything points to a big run from this improving and unbeaten chaser.
RSA Chase Betting Tip – No More Heroes to win at 5/2 with Ladbrokes.
2.50pm Betting Tips – Coral Cup
The Coral Cup is always a well-contested race and this year is no different. 16 of the last 21 winners had won earlier that season, while 12 of the last 22 won last time out. Look for second-season hurdlers, but also horses that had raced four or less times that season – the last seven winners fell into that bracket. It’s been a great race for the bookies, with no winning favourite in the last 12 runnings, but always respect the Irish here, and especially any JP McManus-owned runners so his BLAZER could be the each-way play here, who caught the eye last time out at Ascot, looks worth considering for our day 2 Cheltenham tip on the race.
Coral Cup Betting Tip – Blazer (each-way) at 14/1 with William Hill.
15:30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Tips
Moving onto the Cheltenham Festival day two highlight as we get a chance to see the best 2 mile chasers around do battle in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. It’s a race that the acca players will have firmly on their radar as we look set to have another odds-on favourite here in the form of UN DE SCEAUX. This classy 8 year-old will be looking to give trainer Willie Mullins his first win in this race, and barring accidents he really should be delivering. The horse won the Arkle very easily 12 months ago so has tasted the festival and the track before, and heads here as the clear form horse after beating several of his rivals here in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot last time out. The winner of that race for the past three seasons has gone onto win the Champion Chase, so the trends are good for Un De Sceaux, while five of the last nine winners were French-bred – another tick for the market leader. 20 of the last 31 had won at the festival before, while ALL of the last 13 winners had run that calendar year – another plus, but a big negative for the 2013 Champion, Sprinter Sacre, who was last seen winning back in December. That said, his participation in the race, as well as the 2014 and 2015 winners Sire De Grugy and Dodging Bullets make this a cracking renewal, but we just feel that the younger legs of Un De Sceaux might just prevail here as we look set to enter a new era in this race. He might not get it all his own way next year though, with the likes of Douvan coming through the ranks. Of those at a price Gods Own, could be the each-way play in the race. He was runner-up in the Arkle 12 months ago here and has finished in the top three in nine of his 12 chase starts to date – he’ll certainly like it if the ground dried out a bit too!
4.10pm Betting Tips – Cross Country
The Cross Country race is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s an event the Irish love to win, while trainer Enda Bolger has a great record in these races – his JOSIES ORDERS will, therefore, be popular and did little wrong when winning both trial races here in November and December. Of the rest, Rivage D’Or took the prize 12 months ago and despite doing nothing since would have been trained for this and hails from the shrewd Tony Martin team.
Cross County Betting Tip – Josies Orders to win at 3/1 with Betfred.
4.50pm Betting Tip – Fred Winter
The Fred Winter at 4.50 will be another tricky race to unravel, but with nine of the last 11 winners having raced in the last 25 days this is a decent trend to take into the race. 10 of the last 11 winners were rated between 124 and 133, while the Nicholls, King, Pipe and Elliott yards have done well in this recently. One horse that ticks a fair few of those trends is the Alan King-trained MESSIRE DES OBEAUX (e/w).
Fred Winter Betting Tip – Messire Des Obeaux (each-way) at 14/1 with bet365.
5.30pm Betting Tips – Champion Bumper.
We end day two with the bumper and every year the Willie Mullins-trained horses are always well-touted. He’s had a staggering eight winners in the race, so we need to respect his runners, but do be wary as he’s had just two winners from his last 20 runners. The Irish lead the British 18-5 in the races history, while 21 of the last 23 winners won last time out. Ballyandy will lead the UK charge coming from the Nigel Twiston-Davies team, but might just be a tad exposed with four runs now. The betting will give us some clues ahead of the Mullins horses, but the one we’ll take a chance on here is NEW TO THIS TOWN (e/w). This 5 year-old comes from the Jessie Harrington team who won this race in 2007, so know what’s required, plus could really be anything after keeping on well to win both his starts over in Ireland.
Champion Bumper Betting Tip – New to this Town (each-way) at 12/1 with Paddy Power.
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