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.
|TIME||RACE TIPS||DISTANCE||PRIZE MONEY|
|13:20||Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)||2m5f||£125,000|
|13:55||Festival Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)||3m½f||£175,000|
|14:30||Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)||2m5f||£100,000|
|15:05||Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)||2m||£400,000|
|15:40||Cross Country Chase||3m6f||£65,000|
|16:15||Grand Annual Handicap Chase||2m½f||£80,000|
|16:50||Champion 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.
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.
|2021||Bob Olinger||H de Bromhead||Rachael Blackmore||6/4 Fav|
|2020||Envoi Allen||Gordon Elliott||Davy Russell||4/7|
|2019||City Island||Martin Brassil||Mark Walsh||8/1|
|2018||Samcro||Gordon Elliott||Jack Kennedy||8/11|
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).
|2021||Monkfish||Wille Mullins||P Townend||1/4 Fav|
|2020||Champ||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty||4/1|
|2019||Topofthegame||Paul Nicholls||Harry Cobden||4/1|
|2018||Presenting Percy||Pat Kelly||Davy Russell||5/2|
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.
|2021||Heaven Help Us||Paul Hennessy||RJ Condon||33/1|
|2020||Dame De Compagnie||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty||5/1|
|2019||William Henry||Nicky Henderson||Nico de Boinville||28/1|
|2018||Bleu Berry||Willie Mullins||Mark Walsh||20/1|
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.
|2021||Put The Kettle On||H de Bromhead||Aidan Coleman||17/2|
|2020||Politologue||Paul Nicholls||Harry Skelton||6/1|
|2019||Altior||Nicky Henderson||Nico de Boinville||4/11|
|2018||Altior||Nicky Henderson||Nico de Boinville||1/1|
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.
|2021||Tiger Roll||Mrs D Foster||KM Donoghue||9/2|
|2020||Easysland||Jonathan Plouganou||David Cottin||3/1|
|2019||Tiger Roll||Gordon Elliott||Keith Donoghue||5/4|
|2018||Tiger Roll||Gordon Elliott||Keith Donoghue||7/1|
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.
|2021||Sky Pirate||Jonjo O’Neill||Nick Schofield||14/1|
|2020||Chase Mate||Gordon Elliott||Davy Russell|
|2019||Croco Bay||Ben Case||Kielan Woods|
|2018||Le Prezien||Paul Nicholls||Barry Geraghty|
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.
|2021||Sir Gerhard||Willie Mullins||Rachael Blackmore||85/40|
|2020||Ferny Hollow||Gordon Elliott||Paul Townend||11/1|
|2019||Envoi Allen||Gordon Elliott||Jamie Codd||2/1|
|2018||Relegate||Willie Mullins||Katie Walsh||25/1|
Be sure to check out our daily Cheltenham Festival tips from insiders and racing experts on all four days of the iconic Festival.