Cheltenham Festival Day Two betting tips, preview and free bets, 14th March 2018
Day two at Cheltenham might be dubbed Ladies’ Day, but there is plenty of action to enjoy for both sexes here, not least the Queen Mother Champion Chase which is always a cracker of a race (and which often attracts some top Cheltenham Betting Offers from the best bookies around).
Cheltenham betting tips day 2:
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle preview, odds and betting tips, 13.30 at Cheltenham, 14th March 2018
Just like day one of the Cheltenham Festival, day two gets underway with a Grade 1. Open to novices aged four and older, the Ballymore Hurdle comprises 10 hurdles and is run over two miles, five furlongs.
Despite some racing fans hoping that he’ll turn out in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Samcro sits alone at the top of the betting for the Ballymore. Gordon Elliott’s six-year-old is yet to be beaten and at a best price of 4/5 with Betfair is the firm favourite.
Next Destination (4/1 with Betfred) appears to be Samcro’s main rival. He keeps getting better with increased experience over hurdles and will be a popular option with punters at Prestbury Park. However, the form suggests Samcro will have too much so this looks like a case of backing the favourite.
RSA Chase preview, odds and betting tips, 14.10 at Cheltenham, 14th March 2018
We move from a novices’ hurdle to a novices’ steeplechase with the RSA Chase. The quality of previous winners – who include Denman, Bobs Worth and Might Bite – has led to this race being nicknamed the ‘Novices’ Gold Cup’.
The early betting for this three miler sees much of the support coming in for Presenting Percy and Monalee. While both horses have secured some impressive wins they’ve also displayed enough inexperience to suggest they may just be a little short.
Shattered Love provides a much more tempting bet at 16/1 with BetVictor. Mares don’t have a good record in this race but Shattered Love already has Grade 1 success to her name and looks to have the experience and jumping quality to claim the RSA Chase for Gordon Elliott.
Queen Mother Champion Chase preview, odds and betting tips, 15.30 at Cheltenham, 14th March 2018
It wouldn’t be Cheltenham without a heavily backed favourite getting beaten and that could be just what happens in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Altior is the favourite for this Grade 1, minimum distance steeplechase but there’s a chance he may just find Min too good on the day.
Altior’s only made one appearance all year due to a wind operation. He did win at Newbury against two competitors but was that performance impressive enough to justify backing him at odds on?
The way Min bounced back from a poor performance over Christmas by winning the Coral Dublin Chase at the start of February makes her a much more tempting option at 11/4 with Betfred.
Best of the Rest at Cheltenham, 14th March 2018
The Coral Cup is a very difficult betting puzzle to crack but that’s what makes it such an entertaining race. As ever, a big field are set to go to post for the 2018 renewal and in Diese Des Bieffes we could have a nice winner at 16/1 with Betfair. He never really got to grips with the soft ground at Kempton last time out and may just capitalise on the faster pace at Cheltenham.
The Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle is another tricky race to call but again, that provides value and Lisp certainly looks like value at 20/1 with Bet365. He’s still learning over hurdles but Lisp has beaten some good juveniles already and should at least go close at Cheltenham.