Some outside value tipped for Ladies’ Day
After thankfully dodging an unprecedented spanking at the hands of messrs Walsh and Mullins yesterday, we look forward to some more open races on Day Two of the Festival, otherwise known as Ladies’ Day.
With Ireland leading Great Britain in the BetBright Cup standings, it seems a distinct possiblity that Brits could claw a few points back today.. Which Stable Are You In?
Here’s today’s tips and advice:
1.30 Cheltenham – Neptune Investment Management Novices´ Hurdle
It took us a little while to come round to NICHOLS CANYON, but we are now great admirers. It proved silly backing against Willie Mullins horses yesterday so we’re going to take the hint today with this multiple Grade 1 winner.
Last time out he really impressed with speed and stamina in the Deloitte Novices Hurdle and with his jumping improving we can see him going close. There doesn’t seem to be a whole pile of pace on meaning Ruby Walsh is the right man to have on our side in a potential tactical affair.
2.05 Cheltenham – RSA Chase
Despite coming here on the back of a 72 day break we hope DON POLI can go on to outclass this year’s RSA Chase field. It’s hard to tell exactly how good this horse is as he is notoriously lazy, but beneath that lethargic exterior is great ability.
This year’s race doesn’t look the greatest running and Willie Mullins’s inmate is the only Grade 1 winner in the field, with that form in the Topaz Novice Chase, looking strong.
The faster ground on this speedy track may not be ideal, but we’re sure he is the horse with the greatest raw ability with the biggest scope for improvement so we’ll stick with the Mullins bandwagon once more.
2.40 Cheltenham – Coral Cup
Twenty-six runners to get through in another tough Cheltenham Festival handicap. There are two horses that we hope can go close, BARADARI and MARINERO. The former showed useful handicap form at the 2014 Festival when running fifth in Fred Winter.
That form is looking useful now and with Venetia William’s horse sure to improve for the step-up in trip we hope he can run well. His gritty attitude will serve him well in this race.
Irish raider Marinero is interesting on his run two starts back behind Douvan at Punchestown. He was easily beaten into third behind the classy Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner, but this race is a drop in class. He gallops like a horse who will love this better ground and looking at his pedigree, the step-up in trip will suit.
3.20 Cheltenham – Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
We’re torn between the first two in the market here, Sire De Grugy and Sprinter Sacre. Should the Sprinter Sacre of two years ago reappear there is nothing in this field that can beat him. It’s a big ‘if’, however, given the serious health issues he has suffered.
With that being the case SIRE DE GRUGY looks to be the safest bet. All this horse has done is improve and given he is not trained by one of the ‘top’ trainers he continues to be underestimated.
He is a horse that has thrives on his racing so we hope he can improve on his classy Chepstow win which came 18 days ago. The quick pace he needs should transpire with a host of forward-going types in the field.
4.00 Cheltenham – Glenfarclas Handicap Chase
We’ve got the cross-country race down to Any Currency, Duke Of Lucca and Sire Collonges. With first time blinkers appearing to improve SIRE COLLONGES last time out, him having greater scope for improvement, given his age, and the son of Dom Alco being a bigger price we’ll side with the Paul Nicholls runner.
His trainer has aimed him at this race for quite some time so we hope he’ll be staying on strong late.
4.40 Cheltenham – Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Another big field handicap to sink our teeth into as 22 juvenile hurdlers go to post for the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle. Two against the field include top-weight GOLDEN DOYEN and John Ferguson’s ARABIAN REVOLOTION. While the top horse in the handicap will struggle to give weight away to this field Golden Doyen’s form this season is looking useful.
The British juvenile hurdlers are a classy bunch and this is a drop in class for him. His forward-going style will be suited to the Old Course and his gritty nature can easily see him run into a place.
First time blinkers and Barry Geraghty aboard Arabian Revolution caught our eye. The form of his Ludlow run behind Beltor looks sound now and considering he gave him seven pounds it’s even more meritorious.
5.15 Cheltenham – Weatherbys Champion Bumper
Like the above two handicaps this looks a minefield of a race, it’s a real guessing came with so many unexposed horses in. Willie Mullins horse must always be respected in this race given his excellent record and it’s obviously taking that Patrick Mullins, his son, has chosen BORDINI.
Being by Martaline he is sure to improve on this ground. If so he’ll prove tough to beat given his form looks classy.