Cheltenham Festival tips: Picks for every race on Wednesday
With money back as a free bet up to £10 on the first and last race every day of Cheltenham Festival, here are Tom Sutton's Wednesday horse racing tips.
13:30 BALLYMORE NOVICES' HURDLE
Tuesday was very painful so I'm hoping for better on day two.
I was at Newbury and tipped CHAMP when he won the Betway Challow Hurdle and I’m going to keep faith with him here.
He was very impressive that day in his first Grade 1 triumph, finishing well ahead of Getaway Trump, Kateson and Brewin’upastorm.
The seven-year-old has five wins and two seconds from seven trips and one of those seconds was beaten narrowly by a very good Vinndication last January.
He jumps really well and I think he'll have no problem climbing that Cheltenham hill.
If you want something more juicy with our first race insurance offer then I’d have a punt on Fergal O’Brien’s JARVEYS PLATE .
His last three trips came from this course, including the Listed Ballymore Novices’ hurdle by 13 lengths to I Can’t Explain and he wasn’t too far behind Elixir De Nutz in December.
He was well beaten by Birchdale last time out but I think we can put a line through that performance as he didn’t look himself and his course form means he’s a tasty price.
14:10 RSA CHASE
I could be very foolish in saying this but the preparation for Santini hasn’t gone to plan and I think he’s one of the lays of the week, which is why I fancy TOPOFTHEGAME .
It was a superb performance when he won the Grade 3 Heroes Handicap at Sandown last February and he has since claimed a hat-trick of seconds – including by a neck in last year’s Coral Cup.
He was disappointing behind Defi Du Seuil at Exeter but responded emphatically on Boxing Day when he stayed on really well behind La Bague Au Roi in the Kauto Star.
He has proven course form and will stay the 3m, I think this is one of Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden’s best chances of the week.
14:50 CORAL CUP
We’re offering 6 Places here so there’s two in the market I’m going for.
ERICK LE ROUGE has won four in a row and there is nothing to suggest that he couldn’t make it a five-timer here.
His last two wins at Kempton have been outstanding, having pretty much lead from the front and he looks a very slick jumper.
He’s well handicapped at 10-10 and has Chester William’s 7lb claim on board, so I’d be disappointed if he didn’t place.
The other one I like is VISION DES FLOS .
Three wins, five seconds and three thirds from 15 is a solid record for Colin Tizzard’s six-year-old and he was a superb winner of the Grade 2 National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell last month.
A runner-up to Buveur D’Air at Sandown in February reads good form – and it's even better that he finished nine lengths ahead of yesterday’s Mare’s Hurdle winner Roksana.
15:30 BETWAY CHAMPION CHASE
Here's another one I’ll keep short as I think ALTIOR will break Big Buck’s record by claiming 18 wins in a row.
He’s simply the best horse on the planet and I think his biggest danger in this race is himself.
If he is his usual fluent self then he should win this by at least five lengths.
However, if you want an each-way bet on this race then I’d take a chance on Harry Fry’s HELL’S KITCHEN .
Victory over Janika last time out at Ascot could be the stepping stone to get this eight-year-old back on track so I’d back him each-way or without Altior.
16:10 CROSS COUNTRY CHASE
TIGER ROLL should win this comfortably but he’s too short for me so I’m going to take an each-way chance on last year’s runner-up URGENT DE GREGAINE .
The French raider was only two lengths behind the Grand National winner and was a memorable winner over these obstacles in January 2017 as a 50/1 shot.
Jockey Felix de Giles relishes these Cross Country Chases, as does the 11-year-old veteran so I think he’s the one I’d go for.
16:50 FRED WINTER HANDICAP HURDLE
I’m a massive fan of JJ Slevin and I think he’ll have another big festival memory here with BAND OF OUTLAWS .
He's another flat horse who Joseph O’Brien has turned into an absolute revelation. He put in a decent showing when third on debut but his last two wins at Limerick and Naas have been incredibly impressive.
With no issues over the 2m, he’s definitely the one to catch here.
The each-way chance I like here is another from O’Brien’s yard in STAR MAX .
The four-year-old has been prepared for these big handicap fields and has faced 63 other horses so far in his three trips.
He won nicely over this distance at Gowran Park last month fighting off short favourite Future Proof.
Nicely handicapped and with Rachel Blackmore already off the mark this week, I think she could add to her tally here.
17:30 CHAMPION BUMPER
I genuinely think ENVOI ALLEN is a class above the rest of this field and will be very surprised if he’s beaten.
He is a perfect three from three so far, having beaten 28 other rivals by a combined 10 lengths.
The Coddfather won this race for Gordon Elliot on Fayonagh in 2017 and I think he’ll do so again.
TOPOFTHEGAME | ENVOI ALLEN
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