Day 2 Prediction time. Get in
NEPTUNE NOVICE HURDLE
The Neptune this year is headed by a huge hype horse in Neon Wolf, trading at around 5/2. I’m a big fan myself of this horse having seeing him win very impressively when beating Elgin at Haydock in January, I believe a repeat of that performance would certainly make him the one to beat here. Colin Tizzards Finians Oscar is second favourite at a general price of around 5/1. An interesting runner who has been dubbed another Tizzard superstar but I haven’t been overly impressed with him, i’d prefer to back Willie Mullins Bacardys to chase Neon Wolf home at 6/1. Winner of the Grade 1 Deloitte in Ireland and will certainly stay this trip, one of my each way bets of the festival.
This year’s Coral Cup is yet another tough one to call with various chances all over the field. I’ve got a few fancies for this at big prices starting off with Modus, currently trading at around 12/1 he’s put in some big runs this year and is a very tasty price. I also like the look of Willie Mullins Bleu Et Rouge if he goes in this, if he brushes up on some questionable jumping he could be a huge price at 20/1 to get in the frame. Camping Ground looked rejuvenated since going to Gary Moore when hacking up by about 20 lengths on his stable debut and could be worth chancing at 20’s however he is prone to put in more poor performances than impressive one’s.
The RSA is headed this year by my Lay of the festival in Might Bite trading at an absolutley ludicrous 5/2. Granted he has won impressively in several starts this season but the races he’s won are hardly the most inspiring and certainly dont justify him being this short price wise for this, he may hack up and prove me wrong but i’d more than happy to take him on with Willie Mullins Bellshill. He ran an absolute stinker last time out but before that he’d won impressively on his last three starts over fences and now he’s been pushed out to as big as 12/1 I think that’s a great price for him to get in the frame for this.
QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE
I mean, this pretty much looks like a forgone conclusion doesn’t it let’s be honest. There’s not much if anything that you could pick wrong with Douvan, I suppose the slight things are that he doesn’t seem to perform quite as well at Cheltenham as he does back in Ireland and he still hasn’t beat all that much barring Sizing John and Shaneshill. However he should still be winning this with the minimal of fuss. Fox Norton has performed well since going to Colin Tizzard and in particular has won well around Cheltenham this season and is probably the one to follow Douvan home closely followed by Special Tiara who was third behind Sprinter Sacre and Un De Sceaux in this last year. These pair are a general 8/1 and 14/1 respectively.
This year’s Cross Country is a field dominated by JP McManus owned horses headed by 7/4 shot Cantlow. We all know that Edna Bolger is immensely successful in these and is looking strong in the betting to take another one here. However Cantlow was beaten at Trials Day at Cheltenham back in January by then 50/1 shot Urgent De Gregaine, a French raider ridden by Felix De Giles he traveled powerfully and a repeat of that will surely see him in the money. Previous Cheltenham Festival winner Cause of Causes is an interesting runner and has been put in as second favourite at around 11/2. I also like the other Bolger runner in the Auvergnat in this, he unseated on Trials Day however won well next time out at Punchestown. Therefore I am feeling a Bolger 1-2 here with Cantlow and Auvergnat.
A Willie Mullins shot is somewhat of a short priced favourite to take this years bumper in Carter McKay. Trading at a general 3/1 he traveled very very powerfully to win a bumper in Ireland last time out and I don’t think Patrick Mullins had to move on him, a repeat of that would take the world of beating here. I think a good each way bet is Gordon Elliot’s Samcro, he’s a general 16/1 shot for this if he goes in it and has performed very well in his few runs in Ireland this season winning both times comfortably. However I do think Carter McKay will take a lot of beating here so he’s my selection followed by Samcro.