Betopin team up with The Finishing Line to preview all of the Cheltenham Festival Day 2 action.
Ballymore Novice Hurdle – 2m 5f
The Ballymore Novice Hurdle kicks off the action on day 2 of the festival. With some horses at the top of the market having different targets for the week it was unanimous that this was Champs race for the taken. Owned by J.P McManus this was always going to be a very good horse just on the fact that the name Champ has been kept so it could be named after 20-time champion jockey A.P McCoy. At 7/2 and taking in consideration that most in the betting will not be running in this race, then 7/2 will look a big price com the day.
Champs form in the Challow Hurdle has been franked with BrewinUpastorm (12/1) going to go very close at Cheltenham before coming down at the last in a race won by Birchdale who is a current 14/1 in the festival betting.
Andrew had a good word for the Dan Skelton trained Beakstown but he and Tom where in agreement that fences will be where we will see him at his best.
Tips for Ballymore Novice Hurdle
Andrew – Champ 7/2
Tom – Champ 7/2
Dave – Champ 7/2
RSA Novice Chase – 3m 1/2f
The RSA Novice Chase is shaping up to be quite an interesting race. Andrew and Tom are of the view that Santini is the one they all have to be after his staying on 3rd behind the talented mare La Bague Au Roi in the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novice Chase. Topofthegame was just in front of him at Kempton but Santini never looked happy at a tight Kempton track.
Andrew and Tom agreed that he will turn form around with Topofthegame on a track that will suit Santini much more and will gallop his rivals into submission coming up the famous hill.
Dave put up former Grade 1 winning novice hurdler Champagne Classic who made a good comeback behind Ballyward at Naas. The novice hurdle that he won at the 2017 Punchestown Festival had the likes of Presenting Percy, Al Boum Photo, Monalee and Penhill all looking at his tale as he crossed his line. So at a big price he could have a big say if retaining most of his ability.
Tips for RSA Novice Chase
Andrew – Santini 3/1
Tom – Santini 3/1
Dave – Champagne Classic 14/1
The preview of the Cross Country Chase did not take long with all 3 assured that Grand National winner Tiger Roll will win this for the second year in a row. Already a 3-time Cheltenham Festival winner it’s hard not to see Tiger Roll adding to that number this year.
This has been his target all season before going on to try defend his National crown but as Tom alluded to, his owner Gigginstown are under no allusion that it is nearly impossible for him to win back to back Nationals so with that said he is going to be primed for this by his trainer Gordon Elliott.
Tips for Cross Country Chase
Andrew – Tiger Roll 5/2
Tom – Tiger Roll 5/2
Dave – Tiger Roll 5/2
One of the only races at Cheltenham that does not sent the pulses racing, but it was analyzed with Tom and Dave having a strong fancy on the French import and Joseph O Brian trained Blue Sari. Bolting up in a bumper on the Goffs Thyestes card, Blue Sari had the race won in a matter of strides. Patrick Mullins never looked in trouble and turned in with loads under him and with a simple shake of the reigns Blue Sari was sprinting clear.
The Gordon Elliott trained Envoi Allen won another bumper at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown but Andrew and Tom agreed that he is an out and out 3 mile chaser and might get caught for toe at Cheltenham.
Andrew pulled one out of left field when he mentioned a low profiled Elliott runner in Bigbadandbeautiful. So left field that the pick is that Bigbadandbeautiful was not even in the betting when the video was recorded. Andrew made the point that this race is nearly always won by a double figured price horse and it might help to look outside the box when it comes to the Champion Bumper.
Tips for Champion Bumper
Andrew – Bigbadandbeautiful 33/1
Tom – Blue Sari 10/1
Dave – Blue Sari 10/1
The headline race for day 2 the Champion Chase, where we have the best 2-mile chaser from Ireland and UK come head to head. The best of Ireland and England will more than likely have no chance of beating the 2-mile superstar Altior.
All were in agreement that Altior cannot be beat. Andrew came up with what some people might think is a crazy bet including Tom when he said to back Altior to win the 2019 Champion Chase and go on to win the 2020 Gold Cup.
Dave put up Sceau Royal in the betting without Altior market at 4/1, which when you go through the race is a cracking bet.
But with that said Altior is as close to equine perfection that you will find and should win this doing handstand.
Tips for Champion Chase
Andrew – Altior 4/9
Tom – Altior 4/9
Dave – Sceau Royal 4/1 (betting without Altior)
Andrew – Uradel
Tom – Uradel
Dave – Mr Adjudicator