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Cheltenham 2020: 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.

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.

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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 (1.30pm)

  • 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.  

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. 

RSA SteepleChase  (2.10pm)

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

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. 

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 the RSA Chase 

  • 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 (2.50pm)

  • 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. 

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 (3.30pm)

  • 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.

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 (4.10pm)

  • 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. 

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 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (4.50pm)

  • Hurdle Race (Two miles – Old Course) 
  • Open to horses aged four-years-old only 

The race is named in honour of Fred Winter who had a successful career as a National Hunt jockey and trainer. The race was introduced in 2005 and acts as a consolation contest for four year olds who are not quite good enough to race in the Triumph Hurdle, the championship race for juveniles. The race has had Grade 3 status since 2009 and is run on the second day of the meeting.  

2020 Result

1st - Aramax 15/2 - Trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Mark Walsh

2nd - Night Edition 16/1 - David Pipe/Tom Scudamore

3rd -Saint D'oreaux -14/1 - Gordon Elliott/Daryl Jacob

4th - Recent Revelations 14/1 - Gordon Elliott/Davy Russell 

The Last 10 Winners of the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

  • 2020 - Aramax (7/2F) - Gordon Elliott (trainer), Mark Walsh (jockey)
  • 2019 - Band of Outlaws (7/2F) - JP O'Brien, JJ Slevin 
  • 2018 - Veneer of Charm (20/1) Gordon Elliott  Jack Kennedy 
  • 2017 - Flying Tiger - (33/1) Nick Wiliams, Richard Johnson 
  • 2016 – Diego Du Charmil (13/2) Paul Nicholls, Sam Twiston-Davies
  • 2015 – Qualando (25/1) Paul Nicholls, Nick Schofield
  • 2014 - Hawk High (33/1) Tim Easterby, Brian Hughes
  • 2013 – Flaxen Flare (25/1) Gordon Elliot, Davy Condon
  • 2012 – Une Artiste (40/1) Nicky Henderson, Jeremiah McGrath
  • 2011 – What A Charm (9/1) Arthur Moore, Paul Townend

Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Fact File

  • No jockey has won this race on more than one occasion.
  • Top trainers are Gordon Elliott and  Paul Nicholls with three wins.
  • The last six winners have all carried over 11st. 

Weatherbys Champion Bumper (5.30pm)

  • 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. 

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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