Cheltenham Day 2 Tips - Race Times & Predictions
If you’re looking for bigger prices and an each way bet at Cheltenham, you’ll have plenty of opportunities on day two with the Coral Cup and Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle. With big fields and big odds, you’ll want to check out the Bettingexpert insight and analysis to give you the right pointers this Cheltenham Festival.
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Cheltenham Wednesday Tips & Schedules
Cheltenham Day 2 Tips 2019, Wednesday 13th March, Day 2 Schedule
|Time||Race||Cheltenham 2019 Tips|
|13:30||Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle||Read Tip|
|14:10||RSA Steeple Chase||Read Tip|
|14:50||Coral Cup Hurdle||Read Tip|
|15:30||Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase||Read Tip|
|16:10||Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase||Read Tip|
|16:50||Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle||Read Tip|
|17:30||Weatherbys Champion Bumper||Read Tip|
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Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle 2019
Race 1, Wednesday 13th March 1:30
Day 2 begins with a competitive Grade 1 novice hurdle over 2m5f, which is usually a keenly fought clash between the cream of the crop in Britain and Ireland. 2018 saw a wholesale gamble landed on the high class Samcro, to the delight of the thousands of Irish punters who saw him as one of the bankers of the entire week.
The 2019 version has a much more wide open look at this stage, but perhaps the hugely progressive Battleoverdoyen will develop into a real public gamble on the day, with his form very progressive at home and a stiff test of stamina at this demanding track likely to suit ideally.
RSA Steeple Chase 2019
Race 2, Wednesday 13th March 2:10
This 3m Grade 1 novice chase is always a terrific betting heat and usually very competitive, with 2019 looking wide open at this stage. The current 3/1 favourite on the ante-post lists is Nicky Henderson’s Santini who made a very impressive chasing debut at Newbury (despite being though to be badly in need of the run), and there were excuses when he was turned over at Kempton over Christmas (tapped for pace at that sharper track in a strong contest).
Last year Presenting Percy was a very impressive winner for Patrick Kelly, and he has progressed really well since (currently a strong favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup later in the week).
Coral Cup Hurdle 2019
Race 3, Wednesday 13th March 2:40
One of the hardest handicaps to solve of the entire week, with a maximum field of in-form and upwardly mobile performers all primed for this valuable Grade 3 prize over 2m5f. Luck in running always plays a huge part, with space at a premium and it is little wonder the bookmakers offer upwards of “14/1 the field” at this stage.
Irish trainers have won the last three runnings of this race, with Bleu Berry springing a surprise in 2018 for Willie Mullins (and foiling a gamble on Paul Nicholls Topofthegame in the process).
Queen Mother Champion Chase 2019
Race 4, Wednesday 13th March 3:30
The highlight of Wednesday at the Festival, as the very best two mile chasers take each other on for this prestigious and valuable Grade 1 prize worth £225,000 to the winner. This has produced some fantastic and memorable races over the years, with legends like Moscow Flyer, Master Minded and Sprinter Sacre all multiple winners and coming back year after year to take on the very best.
In 2018 a new star emerged in Nicky Henderson’s Altior, landing hefty market confidence despite a customary flat-spot in running where he briefly looked in trouble but rallied gamely to storm clear up the hill. He has continued to thrive this winter, not off the bridle to win effortlessly at Sandown, Kempton and Ascot, taking his career record to a remarkable 17 wins from 17 runs (12 out of 12 since going over fences). He seems sure to be one of the shortest priced favourites of the week in the 2019 renewal, and will be a banker in plenty of punters multiple bets.
Cheltenham Cross Country Chase Betting Tips
Race 5, Wednesday 13th March 4:10
A unique novelty race run with cross-country specialists racing over a variety of different fences and obstacles at 3m6f (on the inner track), and one that perhaps adds colour to the week. The Irish tend to dominate proceedings with J P McManus a prolific winning owner of this race, and trainer Henry de Bromhead always one to be feared.
2018 saw a popular win for the veteran Tiger Roll for Gordon Elliot, and he is currently the 5/2f to repeat the feat in 2019 (one of the quietest betting heats of the week).
Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 2019
Race 6, Wednesday 13th March 4:50
A Grade 3 handicap that sets punters a fiendish puzzle, with the race confined to juvenile hurdlers (4-y-o’s only) and the form hard to assess from Britain and Ireland (many have been hiding their light under a bushel as they hope to get into their first handicap lightly and land a gamble for connections). This is a very strong betting heat, but luck in running always plays a big part with inexperience a huge factor and the ground conditions usually a lot quicker than these youngsters are used to.
In 2018 Veneer of Charm continued a fantastic week for Gordon Elliot by narrowly landing the spoils under an inspired ride from Jack Kennedy, and it is always worth keeping an eye on any late market moves before the off.
Champion Bumper 2019
Race 7, Wednesday 13th March 5:30
A Grade 1 National Hunt flat race which is always wide open and contested by the most expensive and highly regarded young horses from Britain and Ireland. This is always a fantastic betting heat, with the bookmakers fancying their chances and hype inspiring punters to part with their cash rather than form in the book.
Irish trainers traditionally dominate (bumpers are part and parcel of racing in Eire), and in 2018 Relegate was a shock 25/1 winner for Willie Mullins under Katie Walsh (despite looking third or fourth preference for the yard on jockey bookings).
No star has yet to emerge this year, with the bookmakers currently offering “6/1 the field” and this is a race to play in tiny stakes if you must have a bet at all. For the future this is a terrific contest to follow into novice hurdles next season, with numerous winners always emerging from this prestigious prize.
Cheltenham 2019 Ladies Day Races
The highlight of Day 2 at the Cheltenham Festival is undoubtedly the Queen Mother Champion Chase. This two mile contest is always a thrilling spectacle, with top class proven performers flying round at a strong gallop and some fantastic finishes over the years. In 2018 the prolific and heavily backed favourite Altior surged clear up the hill to deny market rival Min, and he seems sure to take an awful lot of beating in the 2019 renewal (warmed up with an effortless long odds-on win at Kempton over Christmas, and currently a best priced 1/2f in the early markets).
The supporting card is full of interest too, with the opening Ballymore novice hurdle often unearthing a future superstar. 2018 saw the great Irish banker Samcro land a welter burden of support both in the build up to the Festival and on the day itself, storming clear up the hill to get the Wednesday off to a flying start for punters. However, he has not franked the form at all this season and has suffered a well documented setback ahead of this years Festival.
Elsewhere on a competitive card, the Coral Cup is one of the hardest puzzles for punters to solve, with a massive field of tightly matched handicappers locking horns and the bookmakers always likely to get a “result”. In 2018 Bleu Berry was the one to spring a 20/1 shock in a race that typically changed complexion up the hill.
The final race on Wednesday is always a cracking betting heat, with the Champion NH Flat race seeing some huge reputations clashing from both the UK and Ireland. These young and inexperienced horses have never come across the circumstances that face them at Cheltenham in this Grade 1 bumper, with the pace a lot stronger and the ground usually a lot faster than they are used to. Traditionally the bookmakers come out on top, and it was certainly the case in 2018 when the 25/1 chance Relegate sprang a major surprise and lowered the colours of some more hyped up rivals.