It’s day two of the Cheltenham Festival with a packed day of action ahead. Eyes will by on the 15:05 Queen Money Champion Chase with a quality field, including Chacun Pour Soi and First Flow. With no fans in attendance, be sure to follow live updates on our social media channels @parklife_sport.
13:20 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle: Grade 1 (2 miles, 5 furlong)
After an exciting race last year, the condensed field this year looks set to be a stormer. The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle has had some great horses in the past, including last year’s winner Envoi Allen. While Henry De Bromhead’s Bob Olinger is favourite at 7/4, as the trainer looks for another win in this race, but do not rule out Willie Mulllins’ five-year-old Gaillard Du Mesnil who has won his last two races at Leopardstown. They’re priced at 9/4. Mullins’ will be looking for his fifth win of the festival already.
Our tip: Gaillard Du Mesnil – 9/4.
13:55 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase: Grade 1 (3 miles, 80 yard chase)
Another slim field with only six horses racing, Willie Mullins’ Monkfish is the odds on favourite at 1/3 and is ahead of pack, but like last year’s race showed us, the favourite does not always win, after Mullin’s Allaho finished 3rd despite being the clear favourite. However, the seven-year-old looks nigh on unstoppable, having come out victorious at Cheltenham last year in the Class 1 Novice Group. The omens look good for Monkfish and Rich Ritchie, with nine winners from this race have gone on to win the Gold Cup in other years.
Our tip: Monkfish – 1/3.
14:30 Coral Cup: Grade 3, class 1 (2 miles, 5 furlong handicap)
Willie Mullins’ Sayo returns to the 26-horse-field after a disappointing 15th place finish last year, with another 25 new horses entering the fray for this years race. Sayo’s odds are at 50/1 so an extreme outsider compared to the favourite, Nicky Henderson’s Craigneiche, with the seven-year-old priced at 7/1. However, with the five-year-old pair of Grand Roi and Guard Your Dreams tied at 8/1, it will not be smooth sailing for Tom Cannon-owned horse.
Our tip: Guard Your Dreams – 8/1.
15:05 Queen Mother Champion Chase: Grade 1, class 1 (1 mile, 7 furlong 199 yard chase)
Politologue will be looking to make it back-to-back Queen Mother Champion Chase wins as he returns to the 10-horse-field. Chacun Pour Sois has not run at Cheltenham before but the Willie Mullins’ trained horse is odds on favourite at 5/6, with Politologue tied at 10/1 with the Henry De Bromhead trained horse of Put The Kettle On. But keep an eye on the Kim Bailey trained First Flow, who has been in scintillating form with 5 race meeting wins in a row.
Our tip: First Flow – 16/1.
15:40 Glenfarclas Chase: Class 2 (3 miles, 6 furlong 37 yard chase)
After winning last year’s race, J P McManus and Easyland will be looking to make it back-to-back wins for the David Cotton trained horse. They are priced at 1/1 but face stern competition from Tiger Roll, whose trainer Mrs Denise Foster will be looking to get her fifth win at Cheltenham with the 11-year-old. They are priced at 9/2.
Our tip: Tiger Roll – 9/2.
16:15 Grand Annual: Grade 3, class 1 (1 mile, 7 furlong 199 yards Handicap Chase)
This 20-horse-field is sure to spring some surprises with three Joseph O’Brien trained horse entering the fray. However, there is not much quality in this race with each horse having a mixed bag of results in their last five races. Embittered is the favourite at 9/2 and finished 3rd at Cheltenham last year.
Our tip: Ibleo – 9/1.
16:50 Weatherbys Champion Bumper: Grade 1, class 1 (2 mile 87 yard N_H_Flat)
This is Weatherbys 25th year of sponsoring this race, with Willie Mullins’ Kilcruit as favourite at 5/4.
Our tip: Three Stripe Life – 10/1.