Cheltenham Festival ante-post horse racing betting tips for the best Irish bets on Day 2
The second day of the Cheltenham Festival is headlined by the Queen Mother Champion Chase, a race which is supported by other intriguing contests such as the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle and the RSA Chase. From an Irish point of view, a talented group of horses will be contesting top honours on Day 2 and we’ve highlighted the best of them below.
Irish Ante-Post Day 2 Festival Betting Tips
Neptune Novices’ Hurdle
The Grade 1 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle was won last year by the current Champion Hurdle favourite Faugheen and Willie Mullins will be hoping to defend his crown with three interesting runners in the shape of Shaneshill, Outlander and TELL US MORE (E/W) (14/1 Paddy Power). The latter named of the trio is a fantastic stamp of a horse by Scorpion and is my selection. Although disappointing when failing to win at Naas, he looked open to plenty of improvement and jumps hurdles for fun. Prior to that defeat he was unbeaten in a Point-to-Point, Bumper and Maiden Hurdle, winning all impressively. For me he looks the type who will relish the conditions at Cheltenham as he travels with ease through his races and has a solid jumping technique.
The RSA Chase is always a very competitive race and difficult to predict the winner. Kings Palace looks the best of the British contingent while Don Poli is recognised as Ireland’s best hope according to the betting. The Gigginstown House Stud runner could well still contest the 4m event, and with that still a possibility cant be backed at short odds until his Festival aim is made clear. One horse that does look likely to take up their engagement here at big prices is RULE THE WORLD (E/W) (33/1 Coral). Mouse Morris certainly knows how to prepare his horses for the big occasion, and Rule The World ran creditably in the World Hurdle last year. Despite still being a maiden over fences, the 3m trip will be ideal and he has proven course form behind The New One and in last year’s World Hurdle. With that in mind he looks overpriced and worthy of an e/w bet.
Queen Mother Champion Chase
One of the best bets of the festival for me is CHAMPAGNE FEVER (6/1 bet365), a horse who has a fantastic Cheltenham record having won the Bumper and the Supreme as well as only just being beaten in last year’s Arkle. He comes to life in spring time on good ground, has course and distance form and is as tough as nails. Of his rivals, Sire De Grugy and Sprinter Sacre have an awful lot to prove following below par reappearances, while Dodging Bullets has failed to beat the Rich Ricci runner at the Festival on two occasions now. He is well worth siding with despite falling last time out and could represent another Irish winner on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival.
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Written by Conor Day