Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival sees the Queen Mother Champion Chase as its highlight and another six supporting but no less fascinating races, here are some tips to help you.
- Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Steeplechase
The race has proved a good guide to future success in recent seasons. The 2007 winner Butler’s Cabin subsequently won the Irish Grand National, while 2006 victor Hot Weld landed a memorable double in 2007 by collecting the Scottish National and the Sandown Gold Cup in the space of a week. The 2007 John Smith’s Grand National victor Silver Birch finished fourth in 2004. The 2009 winner Tricky Trickster took the Grade Two AON Chase at Newbury the following year. Those placing Cheltenham 2012 bets need to remember this.
- Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle
An event where it has paid to take a huge amount of notice of a horse’s age, as there has only been one winner aged seven or older in the last 38 years, this year that would include one of the current favourites for the race Boston Bob.
- RSA Chase
One of the most powerful trends surrounding this race is that all of the last 48 winners have run in the same calendar year, this is not a race to come into off a light preparation and that statistic was against the short-priced favourite Time For Rupert last year. This year Grands Crus the current favourite for the race comes into the race with the same background having not run since December 26th 2011.
- Sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase
The race’s roll of honour includes plenty of multiple winners. Badsworth Boy (1983-85) is the only three-time winner. The double winners are Fortria (1960 and 1961), Drinny’s Double (1967 and 1968), Royal Relief (1972 and 1974), Skymas (1976 and 1977), Hilly Way (1978 and 1979), Pearlyman (1987 and 1988), Barnbrook Again (1989 and 1990), Viking Flagship (1994 and 1995), Moscow Flyer (2003 and 2005) and Master Minded (2008 and 2009). Anyone searching for 2012 Cheltenham betting tips should bear this in mind.
- Coral Cup
Probably the premier handicap hurdle of the entire meeting and in a tough and taxing puzzle for punters it has generally paid to keep an Irish horse on your side. They hold a record of having won seven of the last 18 renewals from less than 20 per cent of the total participants, a truly remarkable record and it just goes to prove how good the Irish trainers are at targeting this race.
- Fred Winter Novices Hurdle
The race is named after one of the legends of the sport. Fred Winter was a great, and arguably the greatest, jump jockey. He then became a great, and very nearly the greatest, trainer of steeplechasers and hurdlers, one of the few to make an indelible mark in both spheres. In his career in the saddle, from 1947-64, he was champion jockey four times and as a trainer, he took eight titles between 1971 and 1985.
- Weatherbys Champion Bumper
This will see a maximum of 24 horses declared and like many of the races at the Cheltenham Festival this will be a fast run affair and it can also be a rough race. Therefore we always think it best if your horse has experience in a big field especially if that came in a victory and 16 of the 19 winners of the bumper have won in fields of 13 or more. Big-field experience can play a big part in winning this race.