Cheltenham Festival 2015 Preview: Day 2

 

Day one of the festival was a memorable one. It was a day that if you followed the Fox then you would have been fairly profitable. He predicted a good day for Willie Mullins and the Irish trainer lived up to the expectations. Here is how the Fox sees day two going.

Wednesday is now upon us as the reality of the festival really kicks in. After a near perfect day for Willie Mullins (thank you Annie Power) we head into day two where our attention turns to the future, as the Champion Chase showcases some of the best young talent horse racing has to offer. We will get to that a bit later.

THE NEPTUNE – Day two’s first race is another trappy little affair. As usual the Irish are holding a strong hand with the likes of Nichols Canyon and the tough Dermot Weld trained Windsor Park . Even though each of them hold strong chances I really like Parlour Games. If he runs in this like he can then I think he has enough class and ability with and for AP McCoy to be pushing for the win. A very good bet.

THE RSA CHASE- The Royal Sun Alliance chase is always one of Wednesday’s favourite races and it looks ultra competitive this year. I’m siding with the Niell Mulholland trained youngster The Young Master. He’s improving loads with every run so far this season and destroyed a decent field last time out, whilst carrying a big weight. With genius Barry Geraghty looking likely to get the ride he must have a great shout. The dangers are headed by Kings Palace, Southfield Theatre and Don Poli – who all have a chance but Coneygree could be the biggest danger he looks a gold cup horse for the future.

THE CORAL CUP- Boasting a massive field (what should be a bookies dream) The Coral Cup is basically a cavalry charge for 2.5 miles around Prestbury Park and to be honest I don’t really know where to start here. If the Paul Nicholls horse Aux Pitts Soins is as good as he’s made out to be then he must be going close but as its a race that usually throws up a surprise it could pay to seek some value. All the Fox will say with this absolute minefield of a race is GOOD LUCK!

THE CHAMPION CHASE- This should and hopefully will be the race of the week. All the big guns have stood their ground and the best 2 miles chasers Britain and Ireland have to offer going flat out really makes for mouth-watering racing. I’m firmly in the Champagne Fever camp though. The classy grey has a great record at Cheltenham and the return to 2 miles will be a massive help. He didn’t stay in the King George but ran well for a long way and must go very close here. The list of potential dangers looks like the Real Madrid team sheet with a who’s who of the best horses in the world today including Sire de Grugy, Sprinter Sacre, the future superstar in Dodging bullets and the always improving Mr Mole- who by the way I think is the joker in the pack. But with veterans Sizing Europe and Somersby also turning up this could be a real classic.

And that is day two’s big races in a nutshell. The Fox is gifting value here, now its up to the stags and riders to provide you with the entertainment. If one thing day one taught us with places for the likes of God’s Own, Josses Hill and Perfect Gentleman (BetFred paid the extra place) each way will always be the shout, especially in the big fields like the Coral Cup. Happy punting

Michael “The Fox” Hedley-Ward & Ryan Butler

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