Cheltenham 2022 Day 2

Onwards to Day 2 after the British did well yesterday to shade the day 4-3.  Highlights were  Constitution Hill and the second Champion Hurdle for Honeysuckle and Rachael Blackmore.

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – 1.30pm


We have a very hot favourite here in Sir Gerhard who has looked very impressive to date.  However, he is unbackable at 4/6 and there is doubt as to whether he will stay the 2m 5f Ballymore trip.  In a nine runner race the suggestion is an each-way interest in Three Stripe Life, who has a chance to turn the tables on Sir Gerhard with the extra distance in his favour.  Stage Star should run well also.


Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase – 2.10pm


This is an exciting race with three of the market leaders all trained in the UK.  Ahoy Senor could be anything but could do with more jumping experience around the track, while L’homme presse has been most impressive to date over fences and rates a danger.  His sheer jumping ability and overall class should see Bravemansgame jump off and set a testing gallop that will see him home in front.


Coral Cup – 2.50pm


An open handicap hurdle as always with a big field and many interesting runners.  Drop the Anchor has already been well flagged by Kevin Blake and merits consideration.  Another to consider strongly is Gowel Road for England. Gordon Elliot runs seven and Grand Roi under Davy Russell might be his best chance.  Two notable trainers also have representatives:  Emmett Mullins’ The Shunter and Martin Brassil’s Fastorslow and any money for these would be significant.  Good Luck!    


Champion Chase – 3.30pm


This is the rematch everyone has been waiting for between Shiskin and Energumene.  Shiskin won the last day even though things didn’t go right for him.  He is the class horse, likes the track and the race is likely to be run to suit him.  Shiskin to win, Nube Negra to be placed.


Cross Country Chase – 4.10pm


This is all about the legend Tiger Roll.  Unless the rain arrives to blunt his effectiveness, there is no need to look any further than Tiger Roll, whose trainer appears very confident.  If the rain arrives, Shady Operator for Enda Bolger, JP McManus and Derek O’Connor should feature at each-way odds.


Grand Annual Handicap Chase – 4.50pm


Embittered for Joseph O’Brien could go well here having been sent off favourite for this last year, while Andy Dufresne has also to be respected.  However Brendan Powell nominated Amarillo Sky in the preview as his each-way NAP of the meeting and with Brendan junior on board, he is the each-way suggestion.


Champion Bumper – 5.30pm


The vibes from Cullentra are very strong and while Willie Mullins’ band have to be respected (especially Facile Vega), American Mike has been impressive so far, is laid out for this and is the strong selection - NAP.  {Note: For those who like a ‘back to lay’ bet (or set up cash-out) on the exchange, read Milton Harris’ comment on p.14 of the Racing Post “She’ll (Rosy Redrum - gets 17lbs) need luck in running but is a strong traveller and should be on the bridle at the bottom of the hill”}


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