Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Guide

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Day 2 of The Festival is a popular one with it being Ladies Day. Horse racing meets fashion as guests dress to impress as well as enjoying a day of racing, live music and hospitality.

Day 2 features seven races consisting of 3 Hurdle, 3 Chase and 1 Bumper race. The highlight of the day is the Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeplechase which has prize money of £400,000.

See the table below for details on all of the races taking place on day 2 of Cheltenham Festival 2021. Individual race details can be found further down the page.

2020 Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Race Schedule

Start TimeRace 
13:30The Ballymore Novices’ HurdleBetting Offers
14:10The RSA Insurance Novices’ ChaseBetting Offers
14:50The Coral CupBetting Offers
15:30The Betway Queen Mother Champion ChaseBetting Offers
16:10The Glenfarclas Cross Country ChaseBetting Offers
16:50The Boodles Juvenile Handicap HurdleBetting Offers
17:30The Weatherbys Champion BumperBetting Offers

The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle

  • Date: Wednesday 17th March
  • Start Time: 13:30
  • Distance: 2m 5f
  • Type: Hurdle
  • Prize Money: £125,000

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The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle is the first race to feature on day 2 of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and is run over a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs featuring 10 hurdles.

The 2019 winner of The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle was City Island which was trained by Martin Brassil and ridden by Mark Walsh. The victory was Walsh’s second winner of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival after a shock win in the Champion Hurdle on day 1 with Espoir D’Allen.

This year, our expert horse racing analyst Will Smith has selected Sporting John at 6/1 for his Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle betting tip.

Previous winners of The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019City Island68-1Martin BrassilMark Walsh
2018Samcro68-11FGordon ElliottJack Kennedy
2017Willoughby Court614-1Ben PaulingDavid Bass
2016Yorkhill63-1Willie MullinsRuby Walsh
2015Windsor Park69-2Dermot WeldDavy Russell
2014Faugheen66-4FWillie MullinsRuby Walsh
2013The New One57-2Nigel Twiston-DaviesSam Twiston-Davies
2012Simonsig62-1FNicky HendersonBarry Geraghty
2011First Lieutenant67-1Mouse MorrisDavy Russell
2010Peddlers Cross57-1Donald McCainJason Maguire

Did You Know?

  • All of the last 10 winners of The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle have been aged five or six years old.
  • 9 of the last 10winners have won a graded hurdle race
  • Ruby Walsh has more wins in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle than any other jockey (2008, 2009, 2014, 2016)

You can watch The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.


The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase

  • Date: Wednesday 17th March
  • Start Time: 14:10
  • Distance: 3m 1/2f
  • Type: Chase
  • Prize Money: £175,000

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The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase takes place at 14:10 on the 2nd day of The Cheltenham Festival. The race is run over a distance of 3 miles and ½ furlong and features 20 fences to be jumped.

The 2019 winner of the RSA Chase was Topofthegame which was ridden by Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls. Topofthegame was Nicholls’ first winner of the 2019 festival as he watched his 4-1 entry hold off Santini in a thrilling race which was won by just half a length.

Looking for a free RSA Chase betting tip? We’re backing Minella Indo at 6/1.

Previous winners of the RSA Chase include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Topofthegame74-1Paul NichollsHarry Cobden
2018Presenting Percy75-2FPat KellyDavy Russell
2017Might Bite87-2FNicky HendersonNico de Boinville
2016Blaklion78-1Nigel Twiston-DaviesRyan Hatch
2015Don Poli613-8FWillie MullinsBryan Cooper
2014O’Faolains Boy712-1Rebecca CurtisBarry Geraghty
2013Lord Windermere78-1Jim CullotyDavy Russell
2012Bobs Worth79-2Nicky HendersonBarry Geraghty
2011Bostons Angel716-1Jessica HarringtonRobbie Power
2010Weapon’s Amnesty710-1Charles ByrnesDavy Russell

Did You Know?

  • 8 of the last 10 winners were aged 7
  • 3 of the last 5 winners were the Starting Price favourite

You can watch The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.


The Coral Cup

  • Date: Wednesday 17th March
  • Start Time: 14:50
  • Distance: 2m 5f
  • Type: Hurdle
  • Prize Money: £100,000

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The Coral Cup takes place at 14:50 on day 2 of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. It’s a hurdles race which features 10 jumps and is run over a distance of approximately 2 miles and 5 furlongs.

The race was introduced in 1993 and has been sponsored by betting firm Coral from the start.

The 2019 winner of The Coral Cup was William Henry who was the first 9 year old horse to win since Burnt Oak Boy claimed victory in 2007. Last years winner was ridden by Nico de Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson who has now had 3 winners in this race since it was introduced.

William Henry went off as a 28-1 outsider after finishing 4th in 2018 but having raced just once in 2019 before taking part. A thrilling race saw Willie Mullins looking set to achieve his third win of the week before William Henry and jockey de Boinville charged home to win by a short head.

Previous winners of The Coral Cup include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019William Henry928-1Nicky HendersonNico de Boinville
2018Bleu Berry720-1Willie MullinsMark Walsh
2017Supasundae716-1Jessica HarringtonRobbie Power
2016Diamond King812-1Gordon ElliottDavy Russell
2015Aux Ptits Soins59-1Paul NichollsSam Twiston-Davies
2014Whisper614-1Nicky HendersonNico de Boinville
2013Medinas633-1Alan KingWayne Hutchinson
2012Son Of Flicka816-1Donald McCainJason Maguire
2011Carlito Brigante516-1Gordon ElliottDavy Russell
2010Spirit River514-1Nicky HendersonBarry Geraghty

Did You Know?

  • None of the last 10 Coral Cup races were won by the SP Favourite
  • 9 of the last 10 winners were priced at 12-1 or greater
  • 8 of the last 10 winners were aged five to seven

You can watch The Coral Cup live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.


The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

  • Date: Wednesday 17th March
  • Start Time: 15:30
  • Distance: 2m
  • Type: Chase
  • Prize Money: £400,000

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The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase is the fourth race to take place on day 2 of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and features 13 fences over a distance of approximately 2 miles.

The race was originally called The National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase but was renamed in the year of the Queen Mother’s birthday in 1980 in recognition of her support to the sport.

The 2019 winner of The Queen Mother Champion Chase was Altior which was ridden by Nico de Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson. The trio also claimed victory in 2018 achieving back-to-back wins in the race. That win also ensured Altior equalled the world record with 18 consecutive wins. A record he would later go onto break with a win at Sandown a month later.

Altior is currently the bookies ante-post favourite to win the 2021 Champion Chase along with Defi Du Seuil.

Previous winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Altior94-11 FNicky HendersonNico de Boinville
2018Altior81-1 FNicky HendersonNico de Boinville
2017Special Tiara1011-1Henry de BromheadNoel Fehily
2016Sprinter Sacre105-1Nicky HendersonNico de Boinville
2015Dodging Bullets79-2Paul NichollsSam Twiston-Davies
2014Sire de Grugy811-4FGary MooreJamie Moore
2013Sprinter Sacre71-4FNicky HendersonBarry Geraghty
2012Finian’s Rainbow94-1Nicky HendersonBarry Geraghty
2011Sizing Europe910-1Henry de BromheadAndrew Lynch
2010Big Zeb910-1Colm MurphyBarry Geraghty

Did You Know?

  • 8 of the last 10 winners were aged between 7 and 9
  • 4 of the last 10 winners were the SP Favourite
  • 1 of the last 10 winners had a Starting Price of greater than 10-1

You can watch The Queen Mother Champion Chase live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.


The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

  • Date: Wednesday 17th March
  • Start Time: 16:10
  • Distance: 3m 6f
  • Type: Chase
  • Prize Money: £65,000

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The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase is run over a distance of approximately 3 miles and 6 furlongs making it the longest race by distance on day 2 of The Cheltenham Festival. 

The race was introduced in 2005 when Cheltenham Festival was made from a 3 day event to four days. The last two Cross Country Chase races have been won by Tiger Roll who was ridden by Keith Donoghue and trained by Gordon Elliott. Ellott has trained the last three winners of the race. Tiger Roll went off at 5-4 favourite in last years race after winning the year before and claiming victory in the 2018 Grand National. He went on to win at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival by an impressive 22 lengths.

Previous winners of The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Tiger Roll95-4FGordon ElliottKeith Donoghue
2018Tiger Roll87-1Gordon ElliottKeith Donoghue
2017Cause Of Causes94-1Gordon ElliottJamie Codd
2016Josies Orders815-8FEnda BolgerNina Carberry
2015Rivage D’Or1016-1Tony MartinDavy Russell
2014Balthazar King104-1Philip HobbsRichard Johnson
2013Big Shu814-1Peter MaherBarry Cash
2012Balthazar King811-2Philip HobbsRichard Johnson
2011Sizing Australia913-2Henry De BromheadAndrew Lynch
2010A New Story1225-1Michael HouriganAdrian Heskin

Did You Know?

  • All of the last 10 winners had won over 3 miles prior to winning in the Cross Country Chase
  • 7 of the last 10 winners were priced at 7-1 or lower
  • 2 of the last 10 winners were the Starting price favourite

You can watch The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.


The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

  • Date: Wednesday 17th March
  • Start Time: 16:50
  • Distance: 2m 1/2f
  • Type: Hurdle
  • Prize Money: £80,000

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The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, also known as the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, named in memory of the successful jockey and trainer Fred Winter (1926 – 2004).

The race features eight hurdles and is run over a distance of approximately 2 miles and ½ furlong.

The 2019 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle winner was Band of Outlaws which was ridden by JJ Slevin and trained by Joseph O’Brien. Band of Outlaws went off as a 7-2 favourite and ran a good race to cross the line two lengths ahead of Coko Beach (14-1).

Previous winners of The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Band of Outlaws37-2FJoseph O’BrienJJ Slevin
2018Veneer of Charm433-1Gordon ElliottJack Kennedy
2017Flying Tiger433-1Nick WilliamsRichard Johnson
2016Diego Du Charmil413-2Paul NichollsSam Twiston-Davies
2015Qualando425-1Paul NichollsNick Scholfield
2014Hawk High433-1Tim EasterbyBrian Hughes
2013Flaxen Flare425-1Gordon ElliottDavy Condon
2012Une Artiste440-1Nicky HendersonJerry McGrath
2011What A Charm49-1Arthur MoorePaul Townend
2010Sanctuaire44-1FPaul NichollsRuby Walsh

Did You Know?

  • 6 of the last 10 winners were priced at 25-1 or greater
  • 5 of the last 10 winners were trained by either Paul Nicholls or Gordon Elliott

You can stream the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle on Bet365.


The Weatherbys Champion Bumper

  • Date: Wednesday 17th March
  • Start Time: 17:30
  • Distance: 2m 1/2f
  • Type: Bumper
  • Prize Money: £75,000

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The Weatherbys Champion Bumper is the final race to take place on Ladies Day of The 2021 Cheltenham Festival. The race is run over a distance of 2 miles and ½ furlong and as it is a ‘bumper’ race, features no jumps.

The 2019 winner of The Champion Bumper was Envoi Allen which was ridden by Jamie Codd and trained by Gordon Elliott. Envoi Allen went off as the 2-1 favourite but had to dig deep to see off close rival Blue Sari (7-2).

Previous winners of the Champion Bumper include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Envoi Allen52-1FGordon ElliottJamie Codd
2018Relegate525-1Willie MullinsKatie Walsh
2017Fayonagh67-1Gordon ElliottJamie Codd
2016Ballyandy55-1Nigel Twiston-DaviesSam Twiston-Davies
2015Moon Racer69-2FDavid PipeTom Scudamore
2014Silver Concorde616-1Dermot WeldRobbie McNamara
2013Briar Hill525-1Willie MullinsRuby Walsh
2012Champagne Fever516-1Willie MullinsPatrick Mullins
2011Cheltenian514-1Philip HobbsRichard Johnson
2010Cue Card440-1Colin TizzardJoe Tizzard

Did You Know?

  • All of the 10 previous winners of the Champion Bumper won their previous race
  • 6 of the last 10 winners were priced at 14-1 or higher
  • Willie Mullins is the most successful trainer in the race with a total of nine wins
  • Ruby Walsh is the most successful jockey in the race with three wins (1998, 2005, 2013)

You can stream the Champion Bumper on Bet365.


That concludes our round up for day 2 of The 2020 Cheltenham Festival. Click to view our Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Guide or view the latest 2021 Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers.

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