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Cheltenham Festival Day Two: Edwardstone, Sir Gerhard & Delta Work all feature with Rachael Blackmore seeking more glory

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most hotly anticipated sporting events of the year, with people flocking to the Cotswolds in their thousands.

Day one of the races showed the excitement that buzzes around the festival, with favourites Constitutional Hill and Honeysuckle coming home to claim wins in front of a roaring crowd.

As well as favourites coming home to claim big wins, some long shots came home to win races including Jazzy Matty who won despite being marked at 22/1.

With that in mind, the excitement is at an all time high ahead of day two, but who do you need to look out for?

1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle

  • Impaire Et Passe
  • Hermes Allen
  • Gaelic Warrior
  • GoodLand
  • Champ Kiely
  • American Mike
  • Ho My Lord
  • Persian Time
  • Master Chewy
  • Marble Sands

The favourite for the first race of the day is Impaire Et Passe, who comes in with a 100% win record in previous races, winning both of their career races.

With 59 days since their last run and a strong Gaelic Warrior also in the race, it could be a very exciting opening race.

2:10 Brown Advisory Novices Chase

  • Gerri Colombe
  • Sir Gerhard
  • The Real Wacker
  • Thyme Hill
  • Galia Des Liteuax
  • Adamantly Chosen
  • Thunder Rock
  • Ramilies
  • I Am Maximus
  • Bronn
  • Amirite (non-runner)

Gordon Elliotts Gerri Colombe is favourite heading into the Brown Advisory Novices Chase, being ridden by Jordan Gainford.

The horse has won all seven of his their races to date, including two hurdle races and two NH flat races.

2:50 Coral Cup

  • Run For Oscar
  • Captain Colby
  • Hms Seahorse
  • Langer Dan
  • An Epic Song
  • Sa Fureur
  • Beacon Edge
  • Good Risk At All
  • Fil Dor
  • Benson
  • Watch House Cross
  • Camprond
  • San Salvador
  • Icare Allen
  • Bold Endeavour
  • Riaan
  • Nells Son
  • Red Risk
  • The Very Man
  • Tax For Max
  • Scaramanga
  • Call Me Lord
  • Grand Roi
  • Sporting John
  • Off Your Rocco
  • Elvis Mail

The favourite for today’s third race is Charles Byrnes Run For Oscar, who is being ridden by Philip Byrnes.

It has been a while since his last race at 74 days, but with a good win percentage and good experience it will be a very good race to see unfold.

3:30 Queen Mother Champion Chase

  • Edwardstone
  • Energumene
  • Editeur De Gite
  • Captain Guinness
  • Nube Hegra
  • Greaneteen
  • Funambule Sivola

The favourite in the Queen Mother Champion Chase is Alan King’s Edwardstone, who is set to be ridden by Tom Cannon.

Aged nine years old, the horse has a 39% career win percentage, including three hurdles and six chase wins.

4:10 Cross County Chase

  • Delta Work
  • Galvin
  • Franco De Port
  • Gin On Lime
  • Back On The Lash
  • Show Leopardess
  • Deise Aba
  • Diesel D’Allier
  • Easysland
  • Foxy Jacks
  • Mortal
  • Plan Of Attack
  • Francky Du Berlais
  • Lieutenant Rocco
  • Hardline
  • Coup De Pinceau

Favourite in the last race is Gordon Elliott’s Delta Work, ridden by Keith Donoghue, with another Elliott horse in Gavin second favourite for the race.

Delta Work has a 34% win percentage in his career, winning two hurdle races and eight chases.

4:50 Grand Annuel Handicap Chase

  • Dinoblue
  • Final Orders
  • Andy Dufresne
  • Third Time Lucky
  • Epson Du Houx
  • Coeur Sublime
  • Elixir De Nutz
  • Global Citizen
  • Thyme White
  • Midnight Run
  • Call Me Lyreen
  • Sizing Pottsie
  • Dads Lad
  • The Last Day
  • Malystic
  • Battleoverdoyen
  • A Wave Of The Sea

Favourite in the pen-ultimate race of the day is Dinoblue, who is trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Luke Dempsey.

With two wins from seven races it’s been a tough career for the six year old, but impressive wins in a hurdle race and a chase on soft and hard ground combined with a famous trainer the odds are looking good for Dinoblue.

5:30 Champion Bumper

  • A Dream To Share
  • Fact to File
  • It’s For Me
  • Fun Fun Fun
  • Western Diego
  • Better Days Ahead
  • Encanto Bruno
  • Queens Gamble
  • Chapeau De Soleil
  • Loughglynn
  • Captain Teague
  • Westport Cove
  • Favour and Fortune
  • No Time To Wait
  • Fascile Mode
  • Samui
  • Captain Cody
  • Chosen Witness
  • King Of Kingsfield
  • Lecky Watson
  • Fiercly Proud
  • D Art D Art
  • Beachcomber
  • Shinji

Favourite in the final race of day two is A Dream To Share, ridden by John Gleeson and trained by John Kiely.

A horse with a 100% win rate from it’s three career races, the five year old looks like a good bet at 5/1 for the Champion Bumper.

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