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.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.