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 2020, Wednesday 11th March, Day 2 Schedule
|Time||Race||Cheltenham 2020 Tips|
|13:30||Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle||Read Tip|
|14:10||RSA Insurance Novice’s 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||Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle||Read Tip|
|17:30||Weatherbys Champion Bumper||Read Tip|
Cheltenham Day 2 Acca
Each day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, our racing expert Stephen Harris posts his best acca of the day. Stephen’s Cheltenham Day 2 three leg acca is available now with his best bets from the Ballymore Novices Hurdle, Champion Chase and Cross Country Chase.
Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle 2020
Race 1, Wednesday 11th March 1:30
A compelling start to Ladies Day, with highly regarded 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.
The 2020 renewal has a lopsided look to it, with the bookmakers offering just 6/4 about Gordon Elliott’s unbeaten star Envoi Allen. He landed the cash in the Champion bumper at the festival last season, and has impressed in landing his first three starts over hurdles in Ireland. This will be his stiffest test to date upped to 2m5f, and there may be better each-way value elsewhere among a clutch of unexposed improvers.
RSA Steeple Chase 2020
Race 2, Wednesday 11th 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 also looks high on quality.
Nicky Henderson’s Champ currently heads the ante-post lists, although his jumping and free racing nature could be a negative when the chips are down after the last (fell when in command here over 2m5f on New Year’s Day). A step up to three miles might not be ideal if he again refuses to settle, and the unexposed Irish raider Allaho has attracted very significant support since winning impressively in January.
Coral Cup Hurdle 2020
Race 3, Wednesday 11th March 2:40
One of the hardest handicaps of the week to solve, with a maximum field and daylight at a premium for all the runners. 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. The trip of 2m5f means stamina comes to the fore as the trailblazers tire, and 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” this time around, with perhaps Harry Fry’s King Roland one of the more interesting ones on his handicap debut (shaped very well having been hammered in the market in a warm graded Cheltenham novice hurdle in January).
Queen Mother Champion Chase 2020
Race 4, Wednesday 11th 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 becoming household names after establishing their superiority in brilliant style.
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). However, his powers looked on the wane this season when turned over by Cyrname at Ascot (possible non stayer over 2m5f trip and thought to just need the outing), and a new pretender to the crown has emerged in Phillip Hobbs Defi du Seuil.
This is always a cracking betting heat despite a relatively small field, and value seekers might look at Un de Sceaux to outrun his price at a track where he has always given a very bold show from the front (well held by Defi du Seuil at Ascot last time but rider set too slow a pace and done for pace at the last).
Cheltenham Cross Country Chase 2020
Race 5, Wednesday 11h 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 two years have had a touch of class added to them, as the prolific Tiger Roll has won easily for Gordon Elliott (before going on to Aintree Grand National glory in April).
He is currently installed as a short-priced favourite (13/8 with Ladbrokes) to complete a historic hat-trick in the race, and it will take a remarkable effort from one of his old rivals to lower his colours if he does turn up in A1 condition in 2020.
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 2020
Race 6, Wednesday 11th March 4:50
A wide open handicap confined to four-year-olds only, and a fascinating betting heat that often sees wild market moves and gambles (with a lot of unexposed horses from top yards targeted at this valuable prize). A maximum field means luck in running plays a big part, and fluent jumping can be a critical factor in the final outcome (with the runners lacking experience and tending to have run previously in small fields).
Joseph O’Brien is very much a trainer to keep on side, and he prepared Band of Outlaws to land a substantial gamble in the 2019 renewal, ridden with supreme confidence by JJ Slevin to sluice through the field and assert up the hill. He was backed down to 7/2f there from much bigger in the morning (despite a 21-runner field), and those astute connections are sure to have another ace or two up their sleeves in 2020.
Champion Bumper 2020
Race 7, Wednesday 11th March 5:30
A Grade 1 National Hunt flat race featuring all the superstar youngsters from the best yards in Britain and Ireland. Hype, whispers and reputations are on the line, with a huge field of inexperienced youngsters with massive price tags to match. This is always a ferocious on-course 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 odds, and the 2020 renewal has a wide open look at this stage, with the market headed by 9/1 chances Panic Attack and Appreciate It (very light betting heat until the day of the race when running plans and jockey bookings in the public domain).
Cheltenham 2020 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 City Island ran out a game winner from Champ, and the form of the race has worked out superbly well subsequently both over hurdles and fences.
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. The second and third there are now up the front of the 2020 Gold Cup market, and this year has the look of a high class renewal (Champ currently the ante-post favourite but his jumping could be something of a concern).
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 2019 the prolific Altior landed the odds but not before giving his backers a real scare in running, driven along and hitting a flat spot a mile out before rallying to come clear in the closing stages (winning an incredible 18th race in a row in the process). He is under something of a cloud this season, losing his invincible aura when turned over by Cyrname at Ascot, and punters currently prefer Defi du Seuil in the market.
The cross country chase run in the middle of the track is usually a light betting heat, but 2019 saw a touch of class as the legend Tiger Roll glided round on the bridle to outclass some rather jaded looking rivals with ease (he franked the form when going on to land the Grand National a month later at Aintree).
Punters now have the tricky Fred Winter juvenile handicap hurdle to solve, and a keen eye on the late market moves can provide clues as some of the youngsters have been campaigned with this valuable prize in mind (and perhaps ridden with preserving their handicap mark as a prime concern).
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.