Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival features the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the 2021 event takes place on Wednesday 17th March. What are the other betting tips for the second day of the Festival?
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After a full day 1 of action at the Cheltenham Festival, things don’t slow down going into day 2, with the Festival Novices’ Chase (formally the RSA Chase) and the Champion Chase being the two major attractions on the card. The Coral Cup is one of the biggest betting events of the week and the Champion Bumper rounds off the card, usually throwing up some potential superstars for years to come.
The day 2 card gets underway with the Ballymore Novices Hurdle, followed by the RSA Chase. Two Grade 1 events for novices. With day 2 at Cheltenham being ladies day, there are some spectacular sights both on and around the track, with female racegoers encouraged to wear all their finery around Prestbury Park.
The RSA Chase is often a good clue to future Cheltenham Gold Cup winners. The Coral Cup is always a tricky race to predict the winner of but we’ll be on hand with all our Cheltenham Festival predictions as we look to solve various conundrums across the four days.
The Cross Country Chase race is another brilliant spectacle on day 2, where the horses jump a number of unique fences including the Cheese Wedges, Canal Turn and the Bushes. Easysland won the race last year and he’s fancied to win again before having a tilt at the Grand National.
The final race of day 2 is the Champion Bumper, where the Irish raiders from the Willie Mullins and Gordon Eliott yards are normally near the head of the betting odds.
The opener on Day 2 at the Cheltenham Festival is the Ballymore Novices Hurdle over 2m5f. Some of the racing greats have won this from the gutsy Hardy Eustace in 2003 to the machine that is Faugheen in 2014.
Last year the unbeaten Envoi Allen powered clear to win well and he could well end up being one of the greats.
The Festival Novice’s Chase, formerly known as the RSA Chase, is often a stepping stone for horses seeking Gold Cup glory in the future.
Former winners such as Denman, Bob’s Worth and Lord Windermere all went on to win the Gold Cup in the year after they won this race that is just over three miles long and contains 20 fences.
Champ dramatically came late on to take the victory last season, as Allaho and Minella Indo crashed through fences and toiled up the Cheltenham hill.
Unfortunately, we are yet to see Champ appear this season as trainer Nicky Henderson is yet to find a suitable fixture to run in.
The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a two-mile chase with 13 fences that includes the sport’s best runners at this distance.
Politologue took the race by the scruff of the neck last year to finally get his Cheltenham festival victory for popular owner John Hales.
The race was a mouthwatering prospect with Altior, Chacun Pour Soi and Defi Du Seuil lining up, but it was only the latter of these three that ended up running.
Nicky Henderson has a fantastic record in this race having trained five of the last nine winners, with 2021 festival hopeful Altior providing two of those crowns.
As the Festival gets ever closer, we will start to pick our Cheltenham tips and they can be combined into a Cheltenham Festival accumulator bet. It is always very difficult to predict the winners of the day 2 races, especially the Coral Cup and the other handicaps. These normally have wide-open fields and it is always good to look for any movements in the betting markets when looking to place a bet.
Keep checking back for our day 2 tips though as they materialise, and as we get closer to the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, more selections for the acca will be picked.
The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the big race on day 2, and the expert pundits are split in their predictions for the race.