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Cheltenham Festival day two tips: 3 bets for Wednesday

12 Mar | BY Jamie Griffith | MIN READ TIME |
Cheltenham Festival day two tips: 3 bets for Wednesday

Jamie Griffith offers his top tips for Wednesday at the Festival, including one of last year's Cheltenham winners in the Brown Advisory.

All eyes will be on one meeting yet again on Wednesday, as Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival takes place at Prestbury Park. 

There are four Grade 1 contests on the card and El Fabiolo will attempt to claim the Champion Chase crown in the feature race of the day. There are also two cracking novice races to look forward to and the mighty Ballyburn will be looking to live up to the hype.

Our three strongest fancies across Cheltenham’s seven-race card could certainly be worth keeping an eye on and one of which can topple a Willie Mullins-trained favourite.

Selections

Built By Ballymore / (Cheltenham, 14:50)

Stay Away Fay @ 3/1 (Cheltenham, 14:10)

Teeshan @ 9/1 (Cheltenham, 17:30)

Ballymore building towards Cheltenham success 

The Coral Cup is a notoriously tricky beating heat and the list of recent winners is a mix of exposed and unexposed types. Willie Mullins’ thoroughly unexposed Sa Majeste heads the market and it’s easy to see why, as it’s possible he has any amount in hand.

Last year’s winner Langer Dan will attempt to defend his crown off a rating of 141, which was the mark he won off of in 2023. He warrants respect with that in mind but it’s an Irish-trained novice that grabs our attention here.

Martin Brassil had two near misses in handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival last year and he runs BUILT BY BALLYMORE / this time around. This novice hurdler is a fascinating contender and there could be room to manoeuvre with this mark of 139.

He was mightily impressive when winning a maiden hurdle in heavy ground at Limerick over Christmas and followed that up with an equally promising performance in a novice at Punchestown. 

Whie some may be inconvenienced by the testing conditions, Brassil’s six-year-old won’t and further improvement should be on the cards.

Fay can be the one to stay in the Brown Advisory

The Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase is one of highlights of Day 2 and a dour stayer is usually required to win the race. 

Willie Mullins probably wasn’t expecting the going to be this bad when earmarking hot favourite Fact To File for the race. He’s an exuberant traveller and this test becomes less suitable with every drop of rain.

Paul Nicholls’ STAY AWAY FAY / was a winner at the Cheltenham Festival last year and is likely to stay all day. The bigger a test of stamina this race becomes, the more suitable it will be for the seven-year-old.

It was a fine performance from him when third in open company here last time out. He jumped very well generally and wasn’t suited by the sprint finish. A strong and even gallop here would play to his strengths and his trainer believes there’s physical improvement to come.

Teeshan to power home in the Champion Bumper

The Champion Bumper is lacking a real standout contender this year and it’s a very open race as a result. Paul Nicholls’ Captain Teague finished third last year and the same connections run the highly promising TEESHAN / this time around.

He had lofty expectations before even making a start under rules, after the bloodstock agent that purchased him was gushing about his 41-length demolition job in his sole Irish point. The time he did on the clock was reportedly very impressive also.

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