The Cheltenham festival day 2 will take place on Wednesday the 16th March. This day has taken the title of being ladies day so you can be sure to see plenty of crazy hats, high heels and outlandishly loud dresses. The ladies try their best but the centre of attention is still the nags on the racecourse.
The second day race-card hosts 7 races, with the highlight of the day being the Queen Mother Champion Chase. If Tuesdays race card was a day of favourites today is a day of much more open races with no odds on favourites in the anti post markets.
If you are not sure who is offering the best value for the bets you are looking to place, Check out our list of specials HERE from all well known UK bookies to make sure you are not missing out. If you are not fortunate enough to attend you can also view all of the races from bet365’s live streaming service.
Cheltenham festival day 2 races
Novices handicap chase
This race was first run in 1971 and has had various names over the years, depending on which company is sponsoring it. The race is for novices of 4 years of age or over. The race acts as a great stepping stone for new and upcoming horses to progress to some more challenging hurdles, and is a great way to start the day. They key to betting in this race will be all about recent form. If a horse has not performed greatly in their last race, rule them out of this one. This field is wide open and we’re still awaiting confirmed runners before we place our bets. Here’s trainer Nicky Henderson speaking about his runners and riders at the Cheltenham festival.
The RSA Chase consists of 19 jumps over 3 miles and half a Furlong. The race is for novice chasers aged 5 years or over. History of this race would suggest you should be looking at a 7 year old horse for the win. In the last RSA races a seven year old has taken the victory. This years betting looks like a straight race between No more heroes and more of that with the field at 9s. Black Hercules at 9s looks a decent each way shout for this race.
The Coral cup is a hurdle event consisting of 10 hurdles over 2 miles and 5 furlongs, for horses aged 4 years and over. This is a handicap race so weight will be an important factor here. With 6 from the last 10 winners winning in their last race, it may also be handy to view recent form also. This is another open race with the shortest priced horse at around 10/1. The Ante Post market for this race is huge so we’d advise waiting for the runners to further declare before getting your bets on.
Queen Mother champion chase
The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a national hunt grade 1 race and is for horses aged 5 years and over. It is a 2 mile race with 12 jumps standing between start and finish. This is the highlight of the day and also the highlight of the year, as far as minimum distance chases are concerned. With 2 wins under his belt Sprinter Sacre looks set to run in this although I’m not sure he’s capable of taking the win here. Un De Sceaux is the odds on favourite and its easy to see why.
Cross country chase
The Cross Country Chase is a 3 mile, 7 Furlong handicap race, consisting of 32 obstacles. The race is open to horses aged 5 years and over. This said this race has never seen a winner younger than 8 years. You should also look for an Irish connection here as well. the race is fairly new, only being run 9 times in the past and 4 of them saw trainer Enda Bolger walk away with the win.