Douvan the headline act on Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival Day Two - Preview and odds

by Abi Moses on Wednesday 15th March, 2017


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The 2017 Cheltenham Festival got underway yesterday and lived up to all the pre-festival excitement. The day's big race, The Champion Hurdle was won by second-favourite Buveur D'air, with My Tent Or Yours completing a one-two for Nicky Henderson. Henderson became the most successful trainer in the race's history with Buveur D'air's triumph his sixth in the Champion Hurdle. 
 
Day Two will see Douvan go off as hot-favourite in the feature race, the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Can he - like Altior in the Arkle – like up to the huge pressure and expectations and win in front of a huge Cheltenham crowd. Despite his proud history at the festival, Douvan's trainer, Willie Mullins has never won the Champion Chase. Jockey, Ruby Walsh however, has won the race on three occasions, with successes on board Azertyuiop in 2004 and twice on Master Minded in 2008 and 2009. 
 

1:30 – Neptune Novices' Hurdle 

The opening race on Day Two looks like a competitive race on paper. Faugheen won at a very short price in 2014 and followed up with a Champion Hurdle win twelve months later. Harry Fry-trained Neon Wolf will go off as favourite, but will face fierce competition from several rivals. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Neon Wolf - 15/8 
Bacardys - 7/2 
Shattered Love - 10/1 
Messire Des Obeaux - 12/1 
Willoughby Court - 16/1 
Bon Papa - 20/1 
Consul De Thaix - 20/1 
 

2:10 – RSA Chase 

A tough race to call for punters. Only Don Poli in 2015 has justified favouritism in the last seven years. Might Bite is expected to go off as favourite for in-form trainer Nicky Henderson. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Might Bite - 7/2 
Alpha Des Obeaux - 6/1 
Whisper - 13/2 
Acapella Bourgeois - 7/1 
Bellshill - 9/1 
Royal Vacation - 11/1 
Our Kaempfer - 16/1 
O Seven - 16/1 
 

2:50 – Coral Cup 

The Coral Cup usually provides big-price winners for punters. Gordon Elliot, trainer of last year's winner, Diamond King (12/1) has two strong fancies again this year. Favourite Tombstone is of strong interest off a fair mark as he steps up to 2m 5f. Elliot's other runner, Automated looked to be back to his best in a recent win at Navan. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Tombstone - 4/1 
Tin Soldier - 8/1 
Peregrine Run - 9/1 
Hargam - 14/1 
Taquin Du Seuil - 16/1 
Automated - 16/1 
Mister Miyagi - 16/1 
Modus - 18/1 
Supasundae - 18/1 
 

3:30 – Queen Mother Champion Chase 

The day's headline race and a chance to see the supreme chaser, Douvan. The Willie Mullins' trained horse is nine from nine over fences and has won at the festival in each of the last two years after winning the 2015 Supreme Novices' Hurdle and 2016 Arkle. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Douvan - 2/7 
Fox Norton - 9/1 
God's Own - 11/1 
Special Tiara - 20/1 
Garde La Victoire - 28/1 
Top Gamble - 40/1 
Sir Valentino - 50/1 
 

4:10 – Cross Country Chase 

A relatively new race to the festival, first run in 2005. Winners of this race tend to be at relatively short prices. Cross-country specialist, Enda Bolger has won the race five times in twelve years and will again have high hopes of winning. Bolger-trained duo Cantlow and Auvergnat both have a great chance of winning. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Cantlow - 7/2 
Cause Of Causes - 4/1 
Auvergnat - 13/2 
Bless The Wings - 12/1 
Sausalito Sunrise - 14/1 
Any Currency - 16/1 
Usuel Smurfer - 16/1 
Quantitativeeasing - 18/1 
 

4:50 – Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle 

With 22 runners set to contest this two mile handicap, there will be plenty of each-way value for punters. In the last twelve runnings of this handicap, French breds have won six and Irish breds five, so it's no surprise to see the in-form Nicky Henderson providing two horses very prominent in the betting. Paul Nicholls has trained the last two winners and will be represented by Dolos and Dreamcatching this year. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Divin Bere - 9/2 
Long Call - 7/1 
Domperignon Du Lys - 11/1 
Dolos - 11/1 
Project Bluebook - 12/1 
Dreamcatching - 12/1 
Dino Velvet - 16/1 
Dakota Moirette - 16/1 
 

5:30 – Champion Bumper 

The day's final race looks wide open. The Champion Bumper is known to provide the superstars of tomorrow with Champagne Fever (2012) and Cue Card (2010) both winning in the past. Willie Mullins, trainer of Champagne Fever is represented by Carter McKay and Next Destination this year as he looks to extend his record to nine Champion Bumper wins.   
 
Current Race Odds 
Carter McKay - 4/1 
Cause Toujours - 6/1 
Western Ryder - 8/1 
Fayonagh - 17/2 
Debuchet - 17/2 
Next Destination - 9/1 
Bakmaj - 11/1 
West Coast Time - 14/1 
 
Bet Free Bets' Tips 
1:30: Neon Wolf - 15/8 
2:10: Bellshill - 9/1 
2:50: Peregrine Run - 9/1 
3:30: Douvan - 2/7 
4:10: Auvergnat - 13/2 
4:50: Project Bluebook - 12/1 
5:30: Irish Roe - 22/1 

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