WhichBookie racing analyst Andrew Blair White provides a preview and betting tips for all the races at Sligo today.
|Guard Your Dreams||12/1||E/W
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|Put The Kettle On
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|Put The Kettle On||5/1||E/W
Champion Chase without Chacun Pour Soi
Cross Country Chase
|Defi Des Carres||40/1||E/W
Cross Country Chase
Charity Daily NAP
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Grand Annual Chase
Date of Tips: 04/11/2020
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (14:53 04/11/2020) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
|1.20 – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle|
|No ante-post bet here sadly, and I am finding it very hard to choose between the top three at the prices. If there was one to maybe outrun their price, then it is Keskonrisk, who will appreciate the step up in trip. However, he could run a huge career-best and still finish fourth.|
|1.55 – Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase|
|Again, no bet, and the market looks to be correct generally. If there was some juice to be squeezed out of the race it could be to back The Big Breakaway at 15/8 in the market ‘without Monkfish.’
Otherwise, sit back and admire the mighty Monkfish.
|2.30 – Coral Cup|
|Two ante-post bets going into the first handicap of day two – Botox Has at 20/1 and Thomas Darby at 25/1, and I’d be very hopeful that they could play a hand in the finish, granted a little bit of luck in running.
Grand Roi, Sneaky Getaway and Craigneche all make the shortlist as well, but I definitely think it will be wise to back Guard Your Dreams at 12/1 each-way with Paddy Power or Betfair Sportsbook, in addition to the two ante-post bets we have. Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook are offering a whopping 7 places for each-way bets in the Coral Cup, and given the way Guard Your Dreams hit the line in the Betfair Hurdle three weeks ago, he will clearly relish the step up in trip.
The Betfair Hurdle has already begun to work out as a form line, and I wouldn’t mind suggesting that after events of day one, there will be a few more cottoning on to it – hence taking the 12/1 about Guard Your Dreams each-way with Paddy Power or Betfair Sportsbook now is a wise move.
|3.05 – Champion Chase|
|I’m very happy with the 25/1 advised about Put The Kettle On from just after last year’s Festival, and with the unfortunate withdrawal of Altior, I’m more than confident that we’ll see a return on the place part, and the win part will be very much dependant on whether Chacun Pour Soi can produce his blistering best around Cheltenham.
There is more than a good chance that the doubts about Chacun Pour Soi being as good at Cheltenham are wide of the mark, so it would be advisable to back Put The Kettle On at 5/1 with Sky Bet in the ‘market without Chacun Pour Soi’, as a little insurance.
She is 3 from 3 around the Old Course at Cheltenham, seems to handle all types of ground, and could easily have gone for the easier option of the Mares’ Chase later in the week, but Henry De Bromhead is adamant she will run a big race here.
|3.40 – Cross Country Chase|
|The re-match between Easysland and Tiger Roll, and neither have had an ideal preparation by any means, so given a few bookmakers are offering 4 places each-way here, I think it could be ripe for something at a bigger price to take advantage of the vulnerability of the front two.
The race fought out by Some Neck and Defi Des Carres in December was run in a significantly quicker time than either of Easysland’s two course victories last season, and while it may have been slightly different ground conditons, at a best priced 11/1 for Some Neck and a massive 40/1 for Defi Des Carres, they must be backed each-way for four places.
Some Neck is 11/1 with 888Sport and Defi Des Carres is 40/1 with Bet365.
|4.15 – Grand Annual|
|We are on Embittered here at an advised 15/2, and given he is still available at 6/1 with some firms, the only extra piece of advice that is necessary for the Grand Annual, is to take that 6/1 if you aren’t already on him. While, if you are on at 15/2, I wouldn’t put anyone off going in again at 6/1! Joseph O’Brien has a stranglehold on the race, with Entoucas and Us And Them joining Embittered, but it is the Gigginstown-owned horse that will take all the beating. The booking of Rachael Blackmore is the cherry on top.|
|4.50 – Champion Bumper|
|Unoriginally, I think the winner will come from either Kilcruit or Sir Gerhard here, so no bet in the closer.|
Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival is Ladies Day and has proven to be extremely popular with spectators sporting their most glamorous attire.
The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle get’s things underway on day 2 with six other races following including The Coral Cup and The Queen Mother Champion Chase.
If you’re looking to get your bets on early for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival then you’re in the right place. WhichBookie racing analyst Will Smith will be providing ante-post tips for various races throughout the festival including a selection of day 2 races.
You’ll find all of Will’s ante-post tips for Ladies Day at the top of this page as well on the individual race pages here at WhichBookie.
The benefit of ante-post tips is that you can often get much greater odds on horses compared to waiting closer to the day of the race. However, there is an increased risk with placing ante-post bets as it’s not guaranteed that your horse will run due to a number of reasons such as injury.
WhichBookie racing tipster Will Smith has been featured on high-profile racing channels such as William Hill Racing and Racing TV and provides free racing tips throughout the year to WhichBookie readers.
You can view all of Will’s bets, wins and losses here.
If you prefer to place your bets closer to the times of the Festival, be sure to follow this page. As well as ante-post tips, Will Smith will be posting selections here closer to the day of the race for all races on the 2nd day of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival including for The Coral Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase, The Brown Advisory Novices Chase, The Champion Bumper and more.
A full list of races taking place on day 2 of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival can be seen below. Click through to any of the races to view our free betting tips. More tips will be added in the lead up to the festival taking place on Wednesday 17th March 2021.
|Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Tips
Wednesday 17th March 2021
|2.30pm - The Coral Cup||3.05pm - The Champion Chase|
|4.15pm - Grand Annual Chase|
Want to take a look at our tips for the rest of the festival? Click on a day below.
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.
|13:20||The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle|
|13:55||The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase|
|14:30||The Coral Cup|
|15:05||The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase|
|15:40||The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase|
|16:15||The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase|
|16:50||The Weatherbys Champion Bumper|
Looking for the best Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle odds? Click here.
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 2020 winner of The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle was Envoi Allen which was trained by Gordon Elliott and went off as the 4-7 favourite.
|2020||Envoi Allen||6||4-7f||Gordon Elliott||Davy Russell|
|2019||City Island||6||8/1||Martin Brassil||Mark Walsh|
|2018||Samcro||6||8-11F||Gordon Elliott||Jack Kennedy|
|2017||Willoughby Court||6||14-1||Ben Pauling||David Bass|
|2016||Yorkhill||6||3-1||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2015||Windsor Park||6||9-2||Dermot Weld||Davy Russell|
|2014||Faugheen||6||6-4F||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2013||The New One||5||7-2||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies|
|2012||Simonsig||6||2-1F||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty|
|2011||First Lieutenant||6||7-1||Mouse Morris||Davy Russell|
|2010||Peddlers Cross||5||7-1||Donald McCain||Jason Maguire|
Did You Know?
You can watch The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.
Looking for the best Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase odds? Click here.
The Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase takes place at 14:55 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 2020 winner of the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase was ‘Champ’ which was ridden by Barry Geraghty and had a starting price of 4-1, the same as 2019’s winner ‘Topofthegame’.
|2020||Champ||8||4-1||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty|
|2019||Topofthegame||7||4/1||Paul Nicholls||Harry Cobden|
|2018||Presenting Percy||7||5-2F||Pat Kelly||Davy Russell|
|2017||Might Bite||8||7-2F||Nicky Henderson||Nico de Boinville|
|2016||Blaklion||7||8-1||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Ryan Hatch|
|2015||Don Poli||6||13-8F||Willie Mullins||Bryan Cooper|
|2014||O’Faolains Boy||7||12-1||Rebecca Curtis||Barry Geraghty|
|2013||Lord Windermere||7||8-1||Jim Culloty||Davy Russell|
|2012||Bobs Worth||7||9-2||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty|
|2011||Bostons Angel||7||16-1||Jessica Harrington||Robbie Power|
|2010||Weapon’s Amnesty||7||10-1||Charles Byrnes||Davy Russell|
Did You Know?
You can watch The Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.
Looking for the best Coral Cup odds? Click here.
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 2020 winner of The Coral Cup was 7-year-old Dame De Compagnie. Dame De Compagnie went off at 5-1 which is the shortest price for a Coral Cup winner in over a decade.
|2020||Dame De Compagnie||7||5-1||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty|
|2019||William Henry||9||28/1||Nicky Henderson||Nico de Boinville|
|2018||Bleu Berry||7||20-1||Willie Mullins||Mark Walsh|
|2017||Supasundae||7||16-1||Jessica Harrington||Robbie Power|
|2016||Diamond King||8||12-1||Gordon Elliott||Davy Russell|
|2015||Aux Ptits Soins||5||9-1||Paul Nicholls||Sam Twiston-Davies|
|2014||Whisper||6||14-1||Nicky Henderson||Nico de Boinville|
|2013||Medinas||6||33-1||Alan King||Wayne Hutchinson|
|2012||Son Of Flicka||8||16-1||Donald McCain||Jason Maguire|
|2011||Carlito Brigante||5||16-1||Gordon Elliott||Davy Russell|
|2010||Spirit River||5||14-1||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty|
Did You Know?
You can watch The Coral Cup live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.
Looking for the best Queen Mother Champion Chase odds? Click here.
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 2020 winner of The Queen Mother Champion Chase was Politologue; a 9-year-old with a starting price of 6-1. The 2019 & 2018 Champion Chases were won by the favourite Altior at odds of evens or less.
|2020||Politologue||9||6-1||Paul Nicholls||Harry Skelton|
|2019||Altior||9||4-11 F||Nicky Henderson||Nico de Boinville|
|2018||Altior||8||1-1 F||Nicky Henderson||Nico de Boinville|
|2017||Special Tiara||10||11-1||Henry de Bromhead||Noel Fehily|
|2016||Sprinter Sacre||10||5-1||Nicky Henderson||Nico de Boinville|
|2015||Dodging Bullets||7||9-2||Paul Nicholls||Sam Twiston-Davies|
|2014||Sire de Grugy||8||11-4F||Gary Moore||Jamie Moore|
|2013||Sprinter Sacre||7||1-4F||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty|
|2012||Finian’s Rainbow||9||4-1||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty|
|2011||Sizing Europe||9||10-1||Henry de Bromhead||Andrew Lynch|
|2010||Big Zeb||9||10-1||Colm Murphy||Barry Geraghty|
Did You Know?
Read our Champion Chase tips for Cheltenham 2021.
You can watch The Queen Mother Champion Chase live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.
Looking for the best Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase odds? Click here.
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 the Festival was increased from a 3 day event to four days. The 2020 winner was Easysland with the two previous two Cross Country Chase races being won by Tiger Roll. Tiger Roll went off at 5-4 favourite in 2019 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.
|2020||Easysland||6||3-1||D Cottin||J Plouganou|
|2019||Tiger Roll||9||5-4F||Gordon Elliott||Keith Donoghue|
|2018||Tiger Roll||8||7-1||Gordon Elliott||Keith Donoghue|
|2017||Cause Of Causes||9||4-1||Gordon Elliott||Jamie Codd|
|2016||Josies Orders||8||15-8F||Enda Bolger||Nina Carberry|
|2015||Rivage D’Or||10||16-1||Tony Martin||Davy Russell|
|2014||Balthazar King||10||4-1||Philip Hobbs||Richard Johnson|
|2013||Big Shu||8||14-1||Peter Maher||Barry Cash|
|2012||Balthazar King||8||11-2||Philip Hobbs||Richard Johnson|
|2011||Sizing Australia||9||13-2||Henry De Bromhead||Andrew Lynch|
|2010||A New Story||12||25-1||Michael Hourigan||Adrian Heskin|
Did You Know?
You can watch The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.
Looking for the best Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase odds? Click here.
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase is the second last race to take place at The 2021 Cheltenham Festival. The race features fourteen fences over a distance of approximately 2 miles and ½ furlong.
The Grand Annual Handicap Chase is the oldest race at the Festival having been introduced initially in 1834. The race was discontinued for several decades in the 1860’s before being reintroduced in the early 1900’s.
The 2020 winner of The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase was favourite Chosen Mate at 7-2.
|2020||Chosen Mate||7||7-2f||Gordon Elliott||Davy Russell|
|2019||Croco Bay||12||66-1||Ben Case||Kielan Woods|
|2018||Le Prezien||7||15-2||Paul Nicholls||Barry Geraghty|
|2017||Rock The World||9||10-1||Jessica Harrington||Robbie Power|
|2016||Solar Impulse||6||28-1||Paul Nicholls||Sam Twiston-Davies|
|2015||Next Sensation||8||16-1||Michael Scudamore||Tom Scudamore|
|2014||Savello||8||16-1||Tony Martin||Davy Russell|
|2013||Alderwood||9||3-1F||Thomas Mullins||Tony McCoy|
|2012||Bellvano||8||20-1||Nicky Henderson||Paul Carberry|
|2011||Oiseau De Nuit||9||40-1||Colin Tizzard||Mr Sam Clements|
|2010||Pigeon Island||7||16-1||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Paddy Brennan|
Did You Know?
The Weatherbys Champion Bumper
Looking for the best Weatherbys Champion Bumper odds? Click here.
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 2020 winner of The Champion Bumper was Ferny Hollow. Ferny Hollow went off at 11-1 and finished 2 1/2 lengths ahead od favourite ‘Appreciate It’.
|2020||Ferny Hollow||5||11-1||Willie Mullins||P Townsend|
|2019||Envoi Allen||5||2-1F||Gordon Elliott||Jamie Codd|
|2018||Relegate||5||25-1||Willie Mullins||Katie Walsh|
|2017||Fayonagh||6||7-1||Gordon Elliott||Jamie Codd|
|2016||Ballyandy||5||5-1||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies|
|2015||Moon Racer||6||9-2F||David Pipe||Tom Scudamore|
|2014||Silver Concorde||6||16-1||Dermot Weld||Robbie McNamara|
|2013||Briar Hill||5||25-1||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2012||Champagne Fever||5||16-1||Willie Mullins||Patrick Mullins|
|2011||Cheltenian||5||14-1||Philip Hobbs||Richard Johnson|
|2010||Cue Card||4||40-1||Colin Tizzard||Joe Tizzard|
Did You Know?
That concludes our round up for day 2 of The 2021 Cheltenham Festival. Click to view our Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Guide.
Followers of the regular ante-post columns over the last few weeks will be on Sporting John each-way for the Ballymore, and Minella Indo for the RSA – both at 6/1 – in the opening two contests on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.
As for any particular recommendation in these races now, I don’t see the need to delve any further. The Ballymore looks to be at the mercy of the front four in the market, and perhaps more pertinently the Irish hotpot – Envoi Allen. Having Sporting John each-way on our side is a good bet, and the two ‘The Bigs’ (Getaway and Breakaway) could well improve to be involved.
If you had a fiver burning a hole in your pocket then perhaps 25/1 each-way 3 places for Son Of Camas in the market with Paddy Power that excludes Envoi Allen and Sporting John, could be the way to go. Son Of Camas has had a wind operation since being beaten by Fiddlerontheroof in the Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle and could be a live one at a price.
The RSA market looks about right too, and I’m more than happy to suggest keeping it simple – in that, if you aren’t already on Minella Indo, then you could (and should) still avail yourself. Of the opposition, Allaho has been beaten twice by Minella Indo over hurdles, Champ isn’t straightforward despite being talented, and Copperhead had a brutal race at Ascot three weeks ago.
The Champion Chase sadly will be without Altior, but even without him, I’m struggling to find a way in, comments which are also consistent with the Cross-Country and the Champion Bumper – who look at the mercy of Tiger Roll and Appreciate It respectively.
So, in terms of adding a couple of bets, it is the two handicaps on Wednesday’s card that I will delve deeper into…
Eglantine Du Seuil – 20/1 EW (Ladbrokes 6 places)
Year on year, we see Cheltenham Festival form stand up and be counted in subsequent seasons. There is something about the atmosphere, the track, the willingness of connections to have another go, that dictates that horses often reproduce cracking efforts again at this meeting.
Two horses who ran screamers at last year’s festival I think are very worth investing in a few quid each-way, in what is usually a fierce cavalry charge. Canardier was a brilliant fourth in the 2019 Coral Cup, when rating much the best of any horse that wasn’t held up and/or raced wide out of the back and into the home straight. The icing on the cake is that he has joined Willie Mullins in the interim – hardly a negative!
Mullins throws seven darts at the Coral Cup board, and it is another of his charges that is vastly overpriced at 20/1 each-way with Ladbrokes, who offer six places also. Eglantine Du Seuil produced a noteworthy and strong staying performance when winning the 2019 Mares Novices’ Hurdle, and on the back of an eye-popping (not just eye-catching!) run at Leopardstown in February, she must run well. After winning at last year’s festival she went on to finish third in a pair of Grade 1 novice hurdles. She is mightily classy.
Tronador – 9/1 EW (Bet365 generally 5 places)
Gordon Elliott has won this race twice in the last ten years, and has had countless placed horses in the same timescale – he runs five here and so will have his hopes of adding to that tally, and it might well not be with the obvious first string Aramax.
Tronador is in the same ownership as Elliott’s 2018 winner Veneer Of Charm, and also wears blinkers for the first time over hurdles – similar to his 2013 winner Flaxen Flare. He was not the greatest horse on the flat when trained by David Lanigan, but quickly proved well suited to hurdles when winning on his second start for Elliott at Thurles. His third qualifying hurdle run was behind a very well backed stablemate, and notably David O’Regan took the ride on that occasion, and retains the ride here. Tronador hurdles fluently, stays well and looks ideally suited to this test.
The other horse I suggest backing is trained by the man who will always be remembered as beginning the mighty Tiger Roll’s career with a win in a Market Rasen hurdle – so it would be fitting should Nigel Hawke train a Cheltenham Festival winner on the same day that Tiger Roll bids for festival immortality.
Repetitio is already a winner around Cheltenham’s New course when winning an all-age handicap hurdle in December that is working out very well. That probably isn’t his best piece of Cheltenham form as it happens – that came when chasing home leading Triumph Hurdle candidate Allmankind on the Old Course (which this race will be run on) in November.
There are many unexposed types in opposition, but back against his own age group, with the experience and battle scars of these races, Repetitio is just the type of horse that will go off a backable price, and run extremely well.