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Cheltenham 2021: Day 2, Ladies Day

Here we take a look ahead to the second day of the Cheltenham Festival, which is known as Ladies Day. The feature race on the card is the Champion Chase, a thrilling two mile chase event that often offers up an exciting few minutes. Make sure you view our ultimate betting guide for the festival for an incredible list of betting offers, free bets and race enhancements.

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The RSA Chase is the main supporting race but is still a Grade 1 contest contested by the best staying novices. The race is often a trial for subsequent Gold Cups but is a gruelling challenge for young horses. The card on the second day also features the only Cross Country race of the week and the most prestigious bumper of the season. These could be described as niche races and not for the connoisseur but any race at Cheltenham is a betting challenge and gets the juices flowing.

Ladies Day is a relatively new concept and the original was Gold Cup day on the Thursday of Royal Ascot. The most famous Ladies Day is probably now the Friday of the Grand National meeting at Aintree. It truly is Liverpool’s day out and the highlight of the social season. The occasion is more about the party than the racing despite the fact that the sport is at the highest level with graded races and major handicaps.

Ladies Day at Cheltenham is different in that the focus is still on the best jumps racing of the season. Just about every attendee is there for the quality of the racing and seeing the best horses run in championship races. The highlight of the day is the Champion Chase, which brings together the best chasers over two miles. Jumping accurately at speed is vital and provides a great spectacle.

See all the records and trends for the other three days of the Festival by clicking the links below: 

Champion Day | St Patrick's Thursday | Gold Cup Day

Cheltenham Day Two Betting Tips

You can read our full preview of day two here, where we look at the seven races in detail and give our selections. 

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Race by Race Guide and 2020 Results

The Cheltenham Festival is a special and unique racing event, and looking back on the form from previous years should play a big part in your studying. Festival form and horses that have shown the ability to win on the biggest stage is an important factor when making Cheltenham selections, and below you will find statistics about the races taking place on day two of the Cheltenham Festival. 

Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle (1.20pm)

  • Hurdle Race (Two miles and five furlongs – Old Course) 
  • Open to horses four-years-old and older 

The Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle has been run since 1971 and is the championship race for novices at the intermediary distance. The race has been won by some legends of the jumping game, including Istabraq in 1997 and Hardy Eustace in 2003. The race is generally the opening contest of the second day of the meeting and often produces future festival champions.  

Bravemansgame is trained by Paul Nicholls and is bidding for a fourth straight win. The most recent win came in the Grade 1 Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury at the end of last year. Been making good progress and rest since that last win.

2020 Result

1st Envoi Allen - 4/7F - trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Davy Russell

2nd Easywork - 12/1 - Gordon Elliott/Rachael Blackmore

3rd The Big Getaway 9/1  - Willie Mullins/Paul Townend 

 The Last 10 Winners of the Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle 

  • 2020 - Envoi Allen (4/7F) - Gordon Elliott (trainer), Davy Russell (jockey)
  • 2019 - City Island (8/1) Martin Brassil, Mark Walsh 
  • 2018 - Samcro (4/6) Gordon Elliott, Jack Kennedy
  • 2017 - Willoughby Court (14/1) Ben Pauling, David Bass
  • 2016 – Yorkhill (3/1) Willie Mullins, Ruby Walsh  
  • 2015 - Windsor Park (9/2) Dermot Weld, Davy Russell
  • 2014 - Faugheen (6/4F) Willie Mullins, Ruby Walsh
  • 2013 - The New One (7/2) Nigel Twiston-Davies, Sam Twiston-Davies
  • 2012 - Simonsig (2/1F) Nicky Henderson, Barry Geraghty
  • 2011 - First Lieutenant (7/1) Mouse Morris, Davy Russell

Ballymore Properties Novices' Hurdle Fact File

  • The last 16 winners of this race were aged five or six years-old.
  • There have only been three winners aged over six-years-old since 1974.
  • Nine of the last 11 winners of this race won last time out. 

Brown Advisory Novices' SteepleChase  (1.55pm)

  • Steeplechase (Three miles – Old Course) 
  • Open to horses aged –five-years-old and older 

Previously known as the RSA Chase is the novices’ version of the Gold Cup and often provides pointers for horses subsequently running in the most prestigious chase of the season. The race has had several sponsors but always features 19 fences on the Old Course. Several winners of the race have gone on to win the Gold Cup, including the latest to win both races, Bobs Worth who won the RSA Chase in 2012.

Monkfish is odds on to give Willie Mullins the winner of this race. All three runs over fences have been won including two Grade 1 success in Ireland. Won the Albert Bartlett here last year.

2020 Result

1st Champ - 4/1 - trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Barry Geraghty

2nd Minella Indo - 3/1 Henry De Bromhead/Rachael Blackmore

3rd Allaho - 5/2F - Willie Mullins/Paul Townend

The Last 10 Winners of this race

  • 2020 - Champ (4/1) - Nicky Henderson (trainer), Barry Geraghty (jockey)
  • 2019 - Topofthegame (4/1) Paul Nicholls, Harry Cobden 
  • 2018 - Presenting Percy (5/2) Patrick G Kelly, Davy Russell
  • 2017 - Might Bite (7/2) Nicky Henderson, Nico de Boinville
  • 2016 – Blaklion (8/1) Nigel Twiston-Davies, Ryan Hatch
  • 2015 – Don Poli (13/8) Willie Mullins, Bryan Cooper
  • 2014 - O’Faolains Boy (12/1) Rebbeca Curtis, Barry Geraghty
  • 2013 – Lord Windermere (8/1) Jim Culloty, Davy Russell
  • 2012 – Bobs Worth (9/2) Nicky Henderson, Barry Geraghty
  • 2011 – Bostons Angel (16/1) Jessica Harrington, Robbie Power

RSA Steeplechase Fact File

  • Willie Mullins has trained the winner of this race four times, sharing the record with Fulke Walwyn. 
  • 10 of the last 12 winners have been aged seven-years of age.
  • No favourite has won this race since 2009.  

The Coral Cup (2.30pm)

  • Hurdle Race (Two miles and five furlongs – Old Course) 
  • Open to horses aged four-years-old and older 

The Coral Cup is one of the most competitive handicap hurdles of the season and takes place on the second day of the meeting. The Grade 3 race was first run in 1993 and was won by Olympian. The Martin Pipe trained horse won the £50,000 bonus for winning the Imperial Cup at Sandown the previous Saturday and any race at the festival. The Coral Cup is one of the biggest turnover handicaps of the National Hunt season but favourites have a poor record. 

Always an open race, a bet on The Shunter trained by Emmett Mullins could give you a good run. Recently won in class 2 at Kelso and before that a Grade 3 win at Cheltenham last November.

2020 Result

1st Dame De Compagnie - 5/1F - Trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Barry Geraghty

2nd Black Tears - 12/1 - Gordon Elliott/Davy Russell

3rd Thosedaysaregone - 10/1 - TC Byrnes/Kevin Brouder

4th Cracking Smart - 33/1 -  Gordon Elliott/Gavin Brouder

The Last 10 Winners of the Coral Cup 

  • 2020 - Dame De Compagnie (5/1F) - Nicky Henderson (trainer), Barry Geraghty (jockey)
  • 2019 - William Henry (28/1) Nicky Henderson, Nico de Boinville 
  • 2018 - Bleu Berry (25/1) Willie Mullins, Mark Walsh
  • 2017 - Supasundae (16/1) Jessica Harrington, Robbie Power
  • 2016 – Diamond King (12/1) Gordon Elliott, Davy Russell 
  • 2015 – Aux Ptits Soins (9/1) Paul Nichols, Sam Twiston-Davies 
  • 2014 - Whisper (14/1) Nicky Henderson, Nico De Boinville 
  • 2013 – Medinas (33/1) Alan King, Wayne Hutchinson 
  • 2012 – Son Of Flicka (16/1) Donald McCain, Jason Maguire 
  • 2011 – Carlito Brigante (16/1) Gordon Elliot, Davy Russell

Coral Cup Fact File

  • Only two of the last eight winners of this race carried less than 11 stone.
  • Seven year-olds have won this race for three of the last four years.
  • 2020 saw Nicky Henderson become the first trainer to win this race two years in a row.

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The Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.05pm)

  • Steeplechase (Two miles – Old Course) 
  • Open to horses aged –five-years-old and older 

The Champion Chase as the name suggests is the championship race for two mile chasers, the minimum distance. Twelve fences are jumped at speed and one error can cost a horse any chance of being involved in the finish. The race is the feature contest of the second day of the meeting. The Champion Chase was first run in 1959 and is the most prestigious chase over the distance in the National Hunt calendar.

Chacun Pour Soi is well fancied to win the 2021 running of this race. The Willie Mullins runner is going for a fourth win this season. Two of them have been in Grade 1 races, the other in Grade 2.

2020 Result

1st Politologue - 6/1 - Trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Harry Skelton

2nd Dynamite Dollars - 7/1 - Paul Nicholls/H Cobden

The Last 10 Winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase 

  • 2020 - Politologue (6/1) - Paul Nicholls (trainer), Harry Skelton (jockey)
  • 2019 - Altior (4/11F) - Nicky Henderson, Nico de Boinville 
  • 2018 - Altior (11/10F) Nicky Henderson. Nico de Boinville 
  • 2017 - Special Tiara (11/1) Henry de Bromhead, Noel Fehily
  • 2016 – Sprinter Sacre (5/1) Nicky Henderson, Nico de Boinville 
  • 2015 – Dodging Bullets (9/2) Paul Nicholls, Sam Twiston-Davies
  • 2014 - Sire De Grugy (11/4F) Gary Moore, Jamie Moore
  • 2013 - Sprinter Sacre (1/4F) Nicky Henderson, Barry Geraghty
  • 2012 – Finian's Rainbow (4/1) Nicky Henderson, Barry Geraghty
  • 2011 – Sizing Europe (10/1) Henry de Bromhead, Andrew Lynch

Queen Mother Champion Chase Fact File

  • Barry Geraghty has rode the winner of this race on five occasions, sharing the record with Pat Taffe.
  • Nicky Henderson has twice trained the winner of this race in two successive years. Before Altior in 2018/19, he achieved that feat in 2012 and 2013. 

Guide to the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase (3.40pm)

  • Cross Country Race (Three miles and seven furlongs – Cross Country Course) 
  • Open to horses aged five-years-old and older 

The Glenfarclas Chase is the only race run on the cross country course during the meeting but there are two trials earlier in the season which often provide pointers to how things pan out at the festival. There are 32 obstacles during the race which are of varying type. The event was first run in 2005 which was the year of the first four day festival. It was originally a handicap but in 2016 the contest became a conditions chase. Some critics believe it should not be part of the festival but it is now the championship race of the season in this discipline. 

Easysland bids to win this for the second year in a row. Ran here at Cheltenham in December of last year but finishe fourth. Had been off for 247 days though and will strip fitter for that run. Tiger Roll is also due to run but has been in poor form this season and won't be running in the Grand National. Hopefully a better performance will be put in here but a win is unlikely.

2020 Result

1st Easysland 3/1 - Trained by D Cottin and ridden by Jonathan Plouganou

2nd Tiger Roll 8/11F - Gordon Elliott/Keith Donaghue

3rd Out Sam 33/1  - Gordon Elliott/Mr JJ Codd

The Last 10 Winners of the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 

  • 2020 - Easysland (3/1)  - D Cottin (trainer), Jonathan Plouganou (jockey)
  • 2019 - Tiger Roll (5/4F) - Gordon Elliott, Davy Russell 
  • 2018 - Tiger Roll (11/2) - Gordon Elliott,  Keith Donaghue 
  • 2017 - Cause Of Causes - (4/1) Gordon Elliott, Jamie Codd
  • 2016 – Josies Orders (15/8F) Enda Bolger, Nina Carberry 
  • 2015 – Rivage D’Or (16/1) Tony Martin, Davy Russell 
  • 2014 – Balthazar King (4/1) Philip Hobbs, Richard Johnson 
  • 2013 – Big Shu (14/1) Peter Maher, Barry Cash 
  • 2012 – Balthazar King (11/2) Philip Hobbs, Richard Johnson 
  • 2011 – Sizing Australia (13/2) Henry De Bromhead, Andrew Lynch 
  • 2010 – A New Story (25/1) Michael Hourigan, Adrian Heskin   

Cross Country Chase Fact File

  • Favourite Tiger Roll won in 2019 and is one of only four horses of that age to win this race.
  • Enda Bolger has trained the winner of this race five times. 

 

The Grand Annual Handicap Chase (4.15pm)

  • Steeple Chase (Two miles and 100 yards – New Course) 
  • Open to horses ages five-years-old and older 

The race is a Grade handicap run just over the minimum distance and there are 14 fences to be jumped over about one and a quarter circuits of the New Course. The Grand Annual is the oldest race at the festival and in the National Hunt calendar, dating back to 1834. The race is the one of the festival and is named in the honour of Johnny Henderson who did much to secure the future of Cheltenham racecourse in the early 1960’s when property developers showed in interest in the site. 

Sky Pirate runs for Jonjo O'Neill and has a good second in a Grade 2 race. A course win at Cheltenham shows he will be at home on at this track.

2020 Result

1st Chosen Mate 7/2 - trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Davy Russell

2nd Eclair De Beaufeu 13/2 - Gordon Elliott/Mr SF O'Keefe

3rd Us and Them  10/1- JP O'Brien and JJJ Slevin

The Last 10 Winners of the Grand Annual Handicap Chase 

  • 2020 - Chosen Mate (7/2) Gordon Elliott (trainer), Davy Russell (jockey)
  • 2019 - Croco Bay (66/1) Ben Case, Kielan Woods
  • 2018 - Le Prezien (10/1) Paul Nicholls, Barry Geraghty
  • 2017 - Rock The World (10/1) Jessica Harrington, Robbie Power
  • 2016 – Solar Impulse (28/1) Paul Nicholls, Sam Twiston-Davies 
  • 2015 – Next Sensation (16/1) Michael Scudamore, Tom Scudamore
  • 2014 – Savello (16/1) Tony Martin, Davy Russell
  • 2013 – Alderwood (3/1F) Thomas Mullins, Tony McCoy
  • 2012 – Bellvano (20/1) Nicky Henderson, Paul Carberry
  • 2011 – Oiseau de Nuit (40/1) Colin Tizzard, Stephen Clements

Pointers 

This used to be the closing race of the festival but has swapped places with the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle. It’s a chase over the minimum distance in which only one favourite has prevailed in the last 10 runnings. The vast majority of winners are aged under 10 and novices have done well despite the race being a handicap. Only Paul Nicholls has trained the winner of this race twice in the past ten years

 

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Weatherbys Champion Bumper (4.50pm)

  • National Hunt Flat Race (Two miles – Old Course) 
  • Open to horses aged between four and six-years-old only 

The Weatherbys Champion Bumper as the race title would indicate is the most prestigious National Hunt Flat race of the season. The race often features horses that come back to the festival in subsequent years and do well over obstacles, most notably in recent years Cue Card. The Grade 1 contest is the concluding event on the second day of the festival and has been dominated by horses trained in Ireland. 

Kilcruit is well fancied here and could well be a star of the future. Last two races have been won including a Grade 2 success. Also fancie is Sir Gerhard, also trained by Mullins. Two wins and well rested, won a listed race in December, has a bit to find with Kilcruit.

2020 Result

1st - Fenny Hollow - 11/1 - Trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend

2nd - Appreciate It - 15/8F - Willie Mullins/PW Mullins

3rd - Queens Brook - 6/1 - Gordon Elliott/Mr JJ Codd

The Last 10 Winners of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper 

  • 2020 - Fenny Hollow (11/1) - Willie Mullins (trainer), Paul Townend (jockey)
  • 2019 - Envoi Allen (2/1) - Gordon Elliott,, Mr JJ Codd
  • 2018 - Relegate (25/1) Willie Mullins, Ms Katie Walsh
  • 2017 - Fayonagh - (7/1) Gordon Elliott, Jamie Codd
  • 2016 – Ballyandy (5/1) Nigel Twiston-Davies, Sam Twiston-Davies 
  • 2015 - Moon Racer (9/2F) David Pipe, Tom Scudamore
  • 2014 - Silver Concorde (16/1) Dermot Weld, Robbie McNamara
  • 2013 – Briar Hill (25/1) Willie Mullins, Ruby Walsh
  • 2012 – Champagne Fever (16/1) Willie Mullins, Mr Patrick Mullins
  • 2011 – Cheltenian (14/1) Philip Hobbs, Richard Johnson

Champion Bumper Fact File

  • Ruby Walsh has the most wins for a jockey in this race with three victories.
  • Willie Mullins has trained the winner a record ten times.
  • The last four years has seen a five-year-old win the race on three occasions. 
  • Only three four-year olds have won the race, the last being Cue Card in 2010.
  • Only two favourites in the last ten years has won this race.
  • Amateur riders have ridden the winner of this race in four of the last six years. 
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