Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Preview and Betting Tips 16/03/2016 - Neptune Novices' Hurdle, RSA Chase, Coral Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Cross Country Chase, Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle and Champion Bumper.

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Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday begins at 1.30 with the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle. Alan King’s Yanworth has been hot favourite for this race for some time and there seems no reason to desert him now. As predicted in our preview article, Willie Mullins has decided that two and a half miles is the right trip for Yorkhill who we put up as our each-way selection at 7-1 last week.

No More Heroes the bet of the day at Cheltenham

The RSA Chase at 2.10 has attracted only eight runners but they include No More Heroes and More Of That. Jonjo O’Neill will be delighted that the ground is drying out for More Of That, a previous winner of the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. We are siding with No More Heroes who has done nothing wrong since going over fences and looks a potential Gold Cup horse for next season.

The Coral Cup at 2.50 looks as competitive as ever with a maximum field of 26 runners. Both of our preview selections have stood their ground. Paul Nicholls is chasing a second consecutive victory in the race and both Politologue and Baoulet Delaroque have solid each-way claims.

The feature race of the day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase at 3.30. It is difficult to get away from the claims of Un De Sceaux despite the presence of the last three Champion Chase winners. We also like the look of Special Tiara as an each-way alternative. His bold front-running style could unsettle the favourite in the early stages.

Champion Chase

Special Tiara (right) looks good each-way value in the Champion Chase

Irish set to dominate in Champion Bumper

The Cross Country Chase at 4.10 has attracted a field of 16 runners. Foxrock is not amongst them, presumably because of the drying ground.  His absence should leave the way clear for Josies Orders and Balthazar King to battle it out, both very familiar with this unique course.

The Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle looks wide open with Nicky Henderson’s Fixe Le Kap topping the weights. Messire Des Obeaux should go well for Alan King despite his lack of experience while Jaleo is bidding to give John Ferguson a famous victory. He is handing in his licence at the end of the season to join Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation.

The final race on Day of the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Bumper at 5.30. Augusta Kate and New To This Town are our selections here. Both have shown good form in Ireland and carry plenty of stable confidence.

By Harvey Mayson,

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