It’s Ladies’ Day on day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival today, and it looks like it has the potential to be a good day for the punters with a few well fancied short priced horses. The ground conditions was quite testing yesterday after some overnight rain on Monday. You will need a horse that handles cut in the ground today.
Here are my selections for day 2 of this year’s Cheltenham Festival, good luck!
As I’ve stated above. there are a few short priced favourites today, and I actually fancy 2 of those horses to win. However, as regular readers of this blog will know, I don’t like tipping odds on shots as single bets. So, with that in mind, I am advising a double on Envoi Allen and Tiger Roll instead of backing both horses at odds on.
1.30 – Envoi Allen (see above)
This 6 year old has been impressive this season, and he is undefeated in 7 starts under rules. Today’s trip looks like his optimum trip as well. He is perfectly fine on today’s softer ground, and I can’t see him being beaten here, even against some promising opposition.
2.10 – Minella Indo @ 3/1
Henry De Bromhead was in top form yesterday, and all his horses looked in great shape when i saw them in the parade ring yesterday. This 7 year old gelding is 1 of the stars of his yard, and he won the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at last year’s festival at 50/1.
He has since proved that that win was no fluke by winning 2 out of his last 3 races – 1 over hurdles and 2 over fences. His 2 chase runs (21) have both been on heavy, and the form of his win LTO has been franked since. He is a worthy favourite here in my opinion, and Rachel Blackmore is riding with a lot of confidence after her win on Honeysuckle yesterday.
2.50 – Stratum @ 14/1
This gelding is a consistent dual purpose horse who has ran well in good races on the flat (won the Cesarewitch) and over jumps. He stays well, and he has a habit of winning at big prices, which is a positive for today.
Robbie Power has been booked to ride him today, and he has a good record when Willie Mullins books him to ride his “so called” 2nd or 3rd string. The trainer has 7 horses entered in this race, and I think this gelding has as good a chance as any of the other 6 of winning this contest.
3.30 – No bet as both Altior and Chacun Pour Soi are out
4.10 – Tiger Roll (see above)
This amazing 10 year old is simply brilliant around this course and he bids to win this race for the 3rd year in a row today. He faces a good rival in Easysland today, but I think Tiger Roll will come on a lot from his pipe opener over hurdles last time out and beat that rival.
4.50 – Zoffee (E/W) @ 22/1
This ex flat horse has progressed well over hurdles since moving to Philip Hobbs, and his form figures of 221 look good. He won easily LTO at Doncaster by 11 lengths over 2m on good ground. He is a son of Zoffany, and his progeny have a liking for soft ground, so today’s ground should suit him well.
Champion jockey Richard Johnson was stood down from riding after his unseat from Brewin’upastorm yesterday, but he is back riding today, and he takes the ride on this 4 year old. I think he can do himself justice in the better race at a big price.
5.30 –Eskylane @ 16/1
This race should really be renamed the “Irish Champion Bumper” as they have such a good record in it. This race does tend to throw up decent priced winners, and I think this progressive 6 year old has a good chance today.
He made all LTO at Navan to win in impressive style by 8 1/2 lengths over 2m on soft to heavy ground. He will have to progress from that win to take this contest, but Davy Russell rides him – potentially in preference to his more fancied stablemate Queens Brook – and that is a good sign to me. Appreciate It is a worthy favourite, but I like this 6 year old’s chance.
It is interesting that Alan King runs another of my “10 To Follow For The Jumps Season 19/20” here in The Glancing Queen. The trainer has struggled to get her back on the track this season due to some small niggling setbacks, and I think she may well be having a run here in preparation for Aintree or Ireland later in the season.