We started Cheltenham 2016 in good form yesterday afternoon, hitting two wins from three tipped selections. Meanwhile, e/w punters on our outside shot would have seen a return depending on the bookmaker used. Either way, it was a great opening day of profit and we’ll be hoping to extend our weekly winnings with an equally successful Wednesday.
The different firms are still battling for custom and there’s plenty of offers to sink your teeth into. Paddy Power are offering new punters a huge 5/1 (£10 max) on Un De Sceaux in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at 15:30. Considering the normal price is 4/5, that will sound very appealing indeed. With the Irish firm also offering money back n 2nd place horses throughout the festival, we’d definitely suggest signing up.
SkyBet offering a free bet of up to £25 for all losers on the day’s opening race, which is another offer to play attention too. And if you can’t find a way to watch the live Channel 4 broadcast, then the best bookmakers all offer fantastic resources to stream or stay abreast of the Ladies Day action.
And here’s where we’ll be placing our money.
Josies Orders To See Off Balthazar King
Josies Orders enters the Glenfarcles Chase on Day 2 as the favourite and it isn’t hard to see why given a flawless record on this track. Odds of 3/1 might not be the best winner you’ll see all festival, but we think there’s definite value.
The 8-year-old will face tough competition from Balthazar King and Sire Collonges, but Nina Carberry is more than capable of riding a Ladies Day winner in this race, and we think she will do it in style.
It might not be the biggest race of the day, but it is a selection where we will have huge interest.
Diamond King Worth A Place
The Coral Cup is one of the most competitive fields on Ladies Day, but Diamond King will enter as the favourite. Quite frankly, we have doubts following a poor run last here last season. On the other hand, we do think the 8-year-old gelding will be challenging.
Davy Russell couldn’t provide a winner with our outside bet yesterday, but he did place in that race aboard Morning Assembly. We’re backing him to match that Wednesday’s Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle, with Diamond King sealing a top five finish.
Elsewhere On Day 2
The action starts at 13:30 and with SkyBet offering free bets for losing selections, we’ll be hoping to see Yorkhill get us off to a flyer by usurping Yanworth to the novice hurdle victory following a late switch by owner Willie Mullins.
Wednesday’s highlight, at least from a sporting perspective, sees the formidable Un De Sceaux take on Sprinter Sacre in what should be a thrilling Champion Chase battle. At odds on, it’s hard to get too excited, regardless of the fact Mullins and Ruby Walsh will full expect to take the prize. However, it could be a worthy inclusion for accas.
As far as the betting is concerned, though, our outside shot of the day comes from the 16:50 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, where we’re backing Kasakh Noir to take the glory. The improving juvenile has performed well on French soil while Harry Skelton will be eager to put in a good ride too. At 12/1 with a 4-place insurance, it has to be worth a punt.