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.
Cheltenham Tips for Wednesday & Schedules
Cheltenham Day 2 Tips 2022, Wednesday 16th March, Day 2 Schedule
|Time||Race||Cheltenham 2022 Tips|
|1:30||Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle||Read Tip|
|2:10||Festival Novice’s Steeple Chase||Read Tip|
|2:50||Coral Cup Hurdle||Read Tip|
|3:30||Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase||Read Tip|
|4:10||Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase||Read Tip|
|4:50||Johnny Henderson Grand Annual||Read Tip|
|5:30||Weatherbys Champion Bumper||Read Tip|
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Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle 2022
Race 1, Wednesday 16th March 1:30
A compelling start to Ladies Day, with some of the best novice hurdlers from the top yards clashing over the sapping 2m5f trip. This race attracted a cracking field in 2018 when Samcro landed a wholesale plunge for the legions of Irish punters who saw him as a banker for the week, and in 2019 City Island also attracted very shrewd cash before fending off Champ in a thrilling finish up the hill.
Punters were again in charge when Gordon Elliott’s Envoi Allen stormed clear up the hill, landing a wholeale ante-post plunge down to 4/7f on the day.
Festival Steeple Chase 2022
Race 2, Wednesday 16th March 2:10
The 2019 renewal of this 3m Grade 1 Novice Chase produced one of the finishes of the week as Topofthegame fended off Santini and the well backed Delta Work in a cracking three way battle all the way up the hill. The form of the race has been franked at the highest level since, and the 2020 contest did not disappoint.
Irish trainers seemed sure to dominate the finish as both Minella Indo and Allaho travelled smoothly clear on the turn for home, but the late surge of Nicky Henderson’s talented Champ was enough to foil them both in a thrilling finish. He is now a love contender for the 2021 Gold Cup, and this years renewal could produce another star in Monkfish.
Coral Cup Hurdle 2022
Race 3, Wednesday 16th March 2:50
One of the hardest handicaps of the week to solve, with a maximum field meaning that luck in running always plays a huge part in the final outcome up the stamina sapping hill. The pace is always very strong and they tend to get racing far too far out, meaning the complexion can change dramatically on the stiff uphill finish.
In 2019 the old stager William Henry showed a fantastic attitude under pressure to storm through late and spring a 28/1 surprise (contest has a reputation for upsets and is viewed as something of a bookmakers benefit). Typically the layers offer at least “10/1 the field” for this 2m5f handicap, but in 2020 they suffered a real reverse in fortunes as the heavily backed 5/1f Dame de Compagnie came through late and fast under Barry Geraghty.
Queen Mother Champion Chase 2022
Race 4, Wednesday 16th March 3:30
The highlight of ladies day at the Festival, with close to a quarter of a million pounds for the winner on offer as the best two mile chasers in Britain and Ireland compete for the title of “champion chaser”. This has produced some memorable displays over the years, with legends such as Sprinter Sacre and Moscow flyer becoming household names after winning this pulsating contest in recent times.
In 2018 a new legend emerged as Nicky Henderson’s Altior took the prize with his typically strong finish up the hill, and he again landed hefty market confidence down to long odds-on in 2019 (despite looking beaten at halfway when coming under pressure). In 2020 the punters had a real reversal when the red hot 4/6f Defi du Seuil trained in well beaten behind the frontrunning grey Politologue, and the 2021 renewal promises to see a new star emerge in Willie Mullins exciting Chacun Pour Soi.
Glenfarcias Cross Country Chase 2022
Race 5, Wednesday 16th March 4:10
A unique race at the Festival every year, run on the inner cross-country track and featuring the usual specialists in this division. Usually a very quiet betting race that is seen as something of a novelty by UK punters (more popular in Ireland where they are something of a feature at all the major festivals).
The last few years have had a touch of class added to them, as the prolific Tiger Roll won easily in 2018 and 2019 for Gordon Elliott (before going on to Aintree Grand National glory in April 2019). He was turned over at 8/11f by the impressive Easyisland in 2020, and that rival seems sure to start a short-priced favourite for the 2021 contest.
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual 2022
Race 6, Wednesday 16th March 4:50
This red hot grade 3 handicap over two miles is a fast and furious contest that provides a real contrast to some of the stamina sapping graded races earlier in the day. The pace is always furiously contested, and very often a patient ride from the likes of Barry Geraghty or Davy Russell has proved an excellent tactic.
In 2019 the books got a real boilover they dream of when the unconsidered 66/1 veteran Croco Boy landed the spoils in tenacious style under Kieran Burke, outbattling the perpetual bridesmaid Bun Doran up the hill. However, in 2020 the punters were firmly in charge when the gambled on Hidden Charge landed an almighty plunge down to 7/2f, ridden with supreme skill by the veteran Davy Russell.
Weatherby’s Champion Bumper 2022
Race 7, Wednesday 16th March 5:30
The best race to watch for the future over the entire four days, with all the big yards bringing their most exciting youngsters out to contest the best bumper of the season. Hype, whispers and reputations are on the line, with a huge field of inexperienced young horses with massive price tags to match.
This is always a ferocious betting heat as punters play up their winnings on the day, or try to smash their way out of trouble on a very difficult “getting out stakes”. Punters enjoyed the better of the battle in 2019 as Gordon Elliott’s Envoi Allen landed market confidence down to 2/1f, ridden to perfection by the amateur Jamie Codd to assert his superiority up the hill. Historically there have been plenty of big priced winners to line the bookmakers pockets, and in 2020 the 11/1 chance Ferny Hollow gamely landed the spoils (foiling a punt on the runner-up Appreciate It).
Cheltenham 2022 Ladies Day Races
Ladies Day at the Festival is a day for small stakes and learning for the future, with some fiercely competitive big fields and unfathomable handicaps alongside the cross-country chase and concluding Champion bumper.
The opening Grade 1 Ballymore novice hurdle features a fascinating clash between some of the best novices in Britain and Ireland, and in 2018 the Irish banker Samcro landed an almighty plunge to the dismay of bookmakers who had seen a deluge of support both in the ante-post markets and on the day of racing. Last year another superstar emerged from Gordon Elliott’s stable as the highly regarded Envoi Allen landed a wholesale plunge from the army of Irish punters.
The RSA Novice Chase is next and this has often proved a terrific guide for future Gold Cup contenders. In 2019 we saw one of the finishes of the week as Topofthegame edged out Santini and Delta Work in a sustained three-way battle up the hill. Last year Champ pulled off an unbelievable success, looking beaten three out but making up ten lengths from the hometurn to lead close home.
After the wide open Coral Cup handicap (where bookmakers regularly offer at least 10/1 the field), attention turns to the highlight of Day 2 with the Queen Mother Champion Chase. This is the ultimate test of a Grade 1 jumper at two miles, with a blistering pace and the emphasis on speed, and has produced some of the most exciting finishes up the hill over the years. In 2020 there was a major shock as the odds-on Defi du Seuil turned in a poor run, leaving the way for Paul Nicholls popular grey Politologue to land a memorable surprise under a brilliant frontrunning ride from Harry Skelton.
The cross country chase run in the middle of the track is usually a light betting heat, but 2020 saw a high class renewal as the progressive Easyisland turned over the 8-11f Tiger Roll. He is sure to be back in 2021 to defend his crown, and is likely to be very hard to beat with experience round this unique course always counting for plenty.
The concluding race on Wednesday is always one of the most ferocious betting heats of the week, as the huge reputations of some very expensive youngsters from Britain and Ireland clash in the Champion bumper. Stakes are best kept to a minimum, but this Grade 1 flat race always produces tens of future winners over hurdles next season and is very much a contest to watch over and over again to learn for the future.
Cheltenham Betting Tips 2022, Tuesday 15th March, Day 1 Race Cards & Selections
|Time||Cheltenham 2022 Tips|
|1:30||Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips|
|2:10||Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Tips|
|2:50||Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Tips|
|3:30||Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Tips|
|4:10||Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Tips|
|4:50||Boodles Juvenile Handicap Tips|
|5:30||National Hunt Challenge Chase Tips|
Cheltenham Betting Tips 2022, Wednesday 16th March, Day 2 Race Cards & Selections
|Time||Cheltenham 2022 Tips|
|1:30||Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips|
|2:10||Festival Novices’ Chase Tips|
|2:50||Coral Cup Hurdle Tips|
|3:30||Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips|
|4:10||Glenfarcias Cross Country Chase Tips|
|4:50||Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Tips|
|5:30||Weatherbys Champion Bumper Tips|
Cheltenham Betting Tips 2022, Thursday 17th March, Day 3 Race Cards & Selections
|Time||Cheltenham 2022 Tips|
|1:30||Marsh Novices Chase Tips|
|2:10||Pertemps Network Final Tips|
|2:50||Ryanair Chase Tips|
|3:30||Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle Tips|
|4:10||Paddy Power Plate Tips|
|4:50||Mares Novices Hurdle Tips|
|5:30||Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips|
Cheltenham Betting Tips 2022, Friday 18th March, Day 4 Race Cards & Selections
|Time||Cheltenham 2022 Tips|
|130||JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips|
|2:10||County Handicap Hurdle Tips|
|2:50||Albert Bartlett Novice’s Hurdle Tips|
|3:30||Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips|
|4:10||Foxhunter Steeple Chase Tips|
|4:50||Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase Tips|
|5:30||Martin Pipe Conditional Handicap Hurdle Tips|