Another brilliant day of racing awaits us on day two at Cheltenham. Altior is the main attraction and looks pretty much unbeatable in the main event. Not a betting proposition at the odds but hopefully he puts in a spectacular performance that we can all sit back and enjoy.
One race we can definitely have a play in is the Ballymore Novices Hurdle. A fascinating race in prospect with six or seven horses in with a definite chance:
Champ heads the betting and rightly so after being nothing but impressive all season. His win in the Challow Hurdle solidified his big reputation. He travelled well and picked up quickly when asked beating some very useful types on the day. It’s hard to make a case against him but he won’t be carrying my money on this occasion.
Brewinupastorm is another one with a big chance, although Champ beat him already he does look an improving horse and I see him running very well.
Sam’s Profile will be well gambled on the day with his Mouse Morris notorious for delivering a horse on the day it counts. City Island is another with untapped potential, we haven’t seen the best of him yet so connections will be excited to see how good he really is.
My pick for the race is Battleoverdoyen. Gordon Elliot’s charge is a fantastic looking animal. Having won a bumper as recently as last November he does lack a little experience but when you watch his two hurdle races back you can only be impressed. He absolutely bolted up on his hurdles debut travelling and jumping like a proper race horse. His next run was in a Grade One which he won impressively beating Sam’s Profile while giving him 3lbs. Hopefully he shows his class on the day and gets us off to a winning start.
My nap on the day and for the whole festival is Tiger Roll in the Cross Country. Last years’ winner who went on to win the Aintree Grand National looked as good as ever when winning over hurdles recently. Barring accidents it is hard to see him getting beat.
Best of luck whatever you’re backing.