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Cheltenham 2015 – Day 2

on March 10, 2015

1.30 Neptune Investment Management Novices´ Hurdle

This could be between the Mullins’ pair of Outlander and Nichols Canyon. The latter is the choice of Ruby Walsh, the start of #RubyTuesday. This looks to be one of AP McCoy’s best chances for success at the meeting with his mount Parlour Games, who just touched off the previously unbeaten Vyta Du Roc last time out. There should be little to choose from them again. I have Nichols Canyon marginally ahead, but this looks ultra competitive and this is one to watch for me.

2.05 RSA Chase

Another competitive renewal of the RSA, and Mullins is double handed again. His main hope though is Don Poli who I think is the most likely winner. He won the Martin Pipe at last year’s festival and has progressed significantly this year. His price is a bit skinny now, but I still think he’s worth an investment at around 9/4. Kings Palace and The Young Master should give the selection most to do.

2.40 Coral Cup

I don’t have a strong fancy in this year’s renewal, but I wouldn’t put you off a small each wager bet on AUX PTITS SOINS, the french import who is still unexposed. Often throws up a big priced winner so don’t be put off by backing a horse at “double carpet” or bigger.

3.20 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

The Queen Mother Chase has always been one of my favourite races at the festival and one in which I have a great record in finding the winner. That said, this year’s renewal is as open as I can remember with so many questions to answer. Will Sprinter Sacre rediscovered his form and come back to his invincible best? Can Dodging Bullets improve again and put his relatively poor cheltenham record behind him? Can Sire De Gurgy defend his title? I think the juice has evaporated from most of these and perhaps Champagne Fever is a touch of value at 6/1. He has a tremdendous Cheltenham record and will be tuned up for the day. I have some ante post vouchers on him and Sire De Grugy. I really can’t see Spinter Sacre finding the improvement necessary to win this – but I will cheer if I’m wrong. I think SDG is worth a bet at 5/1 but he’s no 3/1 shot. If you’re not on already, I would watch and keep your powder dry.

4.00 Glenfarclas Handicap Chase

Another bookies benefit race, but I can’t resist having a small wager on Any Currency and Sire Collonges. Both should give you a run for your money and can both make the frame.

4.40 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

A tricky grade 3 handicap in which you could have ten picks and still not find the winner. I’ll risk a few roubles on Zarib, who appeals as the type to improve and his profile is a good fit for the race. Umpteen others with a chance.

5.15 Weatherbys Champion Bumper

The word from the Mullins yard is that Bordini is the best in here, but Pylonthepressure isn’t far behind and is almost double the price. I have an antepost ticket on Bordini and may have a wee saver on his stablemate too.

Keep the stakes to a minimum today, the bookies will be out for revenge on day 2!

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