Cheltenham Festival: Day Two Preview

Martin Green

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 8:20 AM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019 8:20 AM UTC

Day two of the Cheltenham Festival will go ahead after an early course inspection found that the prospect of strong winds had receded.

<p>Officials were out at 6am GMT, two hours earlier than expected, and clerk of the course Simon Claisse gave the green light for racing to take place. The going will remain soft, but we can now look forward to a fantastic day of racing at the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Festival">Cheltenham Festival</a>, including the £400,000 Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase.</p><h2>Big Races</h2><p>Expect muddy stilettos, free-flowing bubbly and a wonderful array of great and garish hats, as day two of the festival is Ladies’ Day. It is always a sight to behold, a kaleidoscope of colourful outfits, a blend of glamour and raucousness and an utterly fantastic party. However, that is all a mere sideshow to the serious business of racing, and fans and punters can look forward to four Group 1 races on day two of the famous Cheltenham Festival. It will attract some of the greatest horses, jockeys and trainers in the country and several thrilling duels will play out in front of the screaming hordes.</p><p>There are seven races to look forward to on day two, starting with the Grade 1 Neptune Novices Hurdle at 1.30pm. This takes in 10 fences and has seen some superstar winners this century, including Galileo, First Lieutenant, Faugheen and Yorkhill. Next is the 3 mile 1/2 furlong RSA Chase, another Grade 1 contest and one that is open to novices. The third race of the day is the Coral Cup, a Group 3 hurdles race that takes place over 2 miles and 5 furlongs.</p><p>After that it is the Grade 1 <a href="" target="_blank" title="Champion Chase">Queen Mother Champion Chase</a>, which was established in 1959 and originally called the National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase. It was renamed in 1980 to honour the Queen Mother, a successful owner of chasers. One of the festival’s newer races, the Cross Country Chase, is the fifth of the day, and this is a great long-distance event. The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is the penultimate race of the day, and it finishes strong with the Group 1 Champion Bumper, the most prestigious flat race in the National Hunt calendar.</p><h2>Favourites and Market Movers</h2><p>Day one was dominated by news of two big fallers as Buveur D’Air and Denie Des Dieux both crashed to the turf in devastating fashion. Punters and equine welfare activists alike will be hoping for fewer big falls today and there will be a particular focus on Buveur D’Air’s stablemate, Altior. He has never lost in his jumps career and he is now bidding to win a second consecutive Champion Chase and extend his winning streak to 18. He is 4/9 (1.44) with <a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank" title="Betfair">Betfair</a> to pull it off and it is hard to see anyone stopping him – if he remains upright. He defied treacherous conditions last year to win, and he should do so again.</p><p>Delta Waork is now the 11/4 (3.75) favourite with <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c" target="_blank" title="Betway">Betway</a> for the RSA Novices’ Chase, vying with Santini to head the betting. The shortest priced horse to win on day one of the festival was 5/1, and punters will expect some favourites to deliver today. The legendary Tiger Roll is now 11/8 with Betfair and a few others to win the Cross Country Chase again and that looks like an interesting bet as he has been brilliant over long distances. Band Of Outlaws is the big mover in the Boodles Handicap, enjoying strong public backing, while Blue Sari leads the way in the Champion Bumper. However, Ask For Glory has been backed heavily in to 13/2 (7.50) and is one to keep an eye on.</p><h2>Related articles:</h2><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Day One Recap: Willie Mullins Leads The Way">Cheltenham Day One Recap: Willie Mullins Leads The Way</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Festival 2019: Horse Racing Tips And Essential Betting Guide">Cheltenham Festival 2019: Horse Racing Tips And Essential Betting Guide</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Festival Top Jockey Betting: Can Ruby Walsh Regain His Crown?">Cheltenham Festival Top Jockey Betting: Can Ruby Walsh Regain His Crown?</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Festival: Who Will Be Crowned Top Trainer?">Cheltenham Festival: Who Will Be Crowned Top Trainer?</a></strong></p><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Champion Chase"><strong>Cheltenham Festival: Who Will Win Queen Mother Champion Chase?</strong></a></p>
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