Cheltenham Festival Day 2 – Ladies Day – Tips & Predictions

Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival and we have all the betting tips, previews and information on the big day.

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For four days in March the racing world centres on the Cotswolds countryside and the famous Cheltenham Festival. This spectacular showpiece is rightfully labelled ‘the greatest show on turf’ and racing does not have anything quite like it for atmosphere, occasion and pure sporting theatre.

The second afternoon of The Festival is billed as ‘Ladies Day’ on track, with a mixture of style adding to the colour of the raceday experience. (Or at least that would be the case in a normal year, with crowds in attendance).

Out on the turf, the feature race is the Queen Mother Champion Chase, a thrilling bare-knuckle ride over two-miles that calls for speed and accuracy in equal measure at the obstacles.

On the undercard are Grade 1 races via the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and the Festival Chase, while Wednesday also brings the forever popular Cross Country Chase, a romp around the Cotswolds countryside with a variety of unique jumping tests. The day ends with more Grade 1 action in the fiercely competitive Champion Bumper – the only Cheltenham Festival race without jumps!

Betting Tips & Predictions

Day two of Cheltenham 2022 comes up on Wednesday March 16th and with some strong favourites in key races amongst the travelling party, Irish eyes will hope to be smiling in time for St Patrick’s Day.

The Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.05pm) is the feature race on a day full of exciting racing action.

. Our tipster marks your card for the day two action in the Cotswolds.

Click on the race names below for the latest betting tips and previews.

TIMERACE TIPSDISTANCEPRIZE MONEY
13:20Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)2m5f£125,000
13:55Festival Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)3m½f£175,000
14:30Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)2m5f£100,000
15:05Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)2m £400,000
15:40Cross Country Chase3m6f£65,000
16:15Grand Annual Handicap Chase2m½f £80,000
16:50Champion Bumper NH Flat Race (Grade 1)2m½f£75,000

Day two of this Cotswolds extravaganza and there another four Grade 1 races, headlined by the Queen Mother Champion Chase over two-miles. The always popular Cross Country Chase also comes up on Wednesday afternoon, a unique Cheltenham experience in itself. 

Race 1 – 13:20 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

The opening race on day two has been won by the likes of Istabraq, Hardy Eustace, The New One, Faugheen and – most recently – Envoi Allen in recent memory. It places more emphasis on stamina compared to Tuesday’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2021Bob OlingerH de BromheadRachael Blackmore6/4 Fav
2020Envoi AllenGordon ElliottDavy Russell4/7
2019City IslandMartin BrassilMark Walsh8/1
2018SamcroGordon ElliottJack Kennedy8/11

Race 2 – 13:55 Festival Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

The stiffest stamina test on offer at The Festival for novice chasers, this contest is a playground for future Gold Cup hopefuls, with Denman, Bobs Worth and Lord Windermere amongst those to have graduated to Blue Ribband success in recent times. It has produced scarcely believable finishes with the wins of Might Bite (2017) and Champ (2020).

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2021MonkfishWille MullinsP Townend1/4 Fav
2020ChampNicky HendersonBarry Geraghty4/1
2019TopofthegamePaul NichollsHarry Cobden4/1
2018Presenting PercyPat KellyDavy Russell5/2

Race 3 – 14:30 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

One of the most fiercely contested handicaps of the meeting, the Coral Cup is a tough puzzle to solve. Trainer Nicky Henderson bagged four wins from 2010-2020.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2021Heaven Help UsPaul HennessyRJ Condon33/1
2020Dame De CompagnieNicky HendersonBarry Geraghty5/1
2019William HenryNicky HendersonNico de Boinville28/1
2018Bleu BerryWillie MullinsMark Walsh20/1

Race 4 – 15:05 Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)

The feature on day two is the Champion Chase over two-miles, a real test of speed and accuracy with no room for error. British trainers have dominated with eight wins in the last nine years and this is the only Championship-race to have alluded top trainer Willie Mullins.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2021Put The Kettle OnH de BromheadAidan Coleman17/2
2020PolitologuePaul NichollsHarry Skelton6/1
2019AltiorNicky HendersonNico de Boinville4/11
2018AltiorNicky HendersonNico de Boinville1/1

Race 5 – 15:40 Cross Country Chase

A unique race that sees the participants jumping an array of obstacles including whiskey barrels, hedges and mounds, the Cross Country has found its niche at The Festival thanks in no small part to dual winner Tiger Roll.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2021Tiger RollMrs D FosterKM Donoghue9/2
2020EasyslandJonathan PlouganouDavid Cottin3/1
2019Tiger RollGordon ElliottKeith Donoghue5/4
2018Tiger RollGordon ElliottKeith Donoghue7/1

Race 6 – 16:15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase

The Grand Annual holds the distinction of being the oldest chase in the present National Hunt calendar, dating back to 1834. It carries the name of Johnny Henderson – father of trainer Nicky – a man responsible for the safekeeping of Cheltenham racecourse from possible property developers in the 1960s.

YearWinnerTrainerJockeyOdds
2021Sky PirateJonjo O’NeillNick Schofield14/1
2020Chase MateGordon ElliottDavy Russell
2019Croco BayBen CaseKielan Woods
2018Le PrezienPaul NichollsBarry Geraghty

Race 7 – 16:50 Champion Bumper NH Flat Race (Grade 1)

The only Cheltenham Festival race that doesn’t have jumps, the Champion Bumper pits together an array of growing reputations and – routinely – the participants are well worth watching in their future endeavours; including back here.

YEARWINNERTRAINERJOCKEYODDS
2021Sir GerhardWillie MullinsRachael Blackmore85/40
2020Ferny HollowGordon ElliottPaul Townend11/1
2019Envoi AllenGordon ElliottJamie Codd2/1
2018RelegateWillie MullinsKatie Walsh25/1

Be sure to check out our daily Cheltenham Festival tips from insiders and racing experts on all four days of the iconic Festival.

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