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Wednesday's racing tips - 7/2 NAP of the day on day two of the Cheltenham Festival

Jonathan Vine 13 Mar 2019
Champ (white cap) is Jon Vine's NAP of the day at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

 Jon Vine looks over Wednesday's horse racing action and picks out his best bet of the day in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

1:30 - Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The Baring Bingham) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m5f


Easy Game and Brewing’Upastorm are horses I like at each-way prices. Favourites do have an excellent record in the Ballymore, however. It’s been ten years since the SP fav even finished outside the places, so it’s sensible to look towards the head of the betting for my NAP of the day selection on Ladies' Day, the second day of the Cheltneham Festival. 

City Island has impressed on all three of his starts over jumps, but he’s severely lacking in experience compared to the two at the top of the betting, and while there are similarities between the starts both Battleoverdoyen and Samcro – last year’s Ballymore winner – made to life over jumps, I’m not sure this year’s Lawlor’s Of Naas was the strongest of Grade Ones and CHAMP (7/2, Paddy Power) is very hard to knock.

Nicky Henderson had a winner on day one, and the Seven Barrows maestro will be hoping Champ can win the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle.


I always like to see a horse win in-spite of looking green and immature. Champ did just that on his first start of the new season, pulling Aidan Coleman’s arms out as he scythed to the front of the field with half-a-mile to travel, before staying on strongly to claim a convincing win. The Challow was an extremely messy affair and Champ was forced to sit on the pace for much of the race. Yet, nothing seemed to phase the favourite that day and some excellent jumps down the home straight helped Champ land his first Grade One.

Champ should settle much better in a truly run race, which the Ballymore is sure to be. JP McManus’ horse looks like one who will improve as the season goes on and he should be suited perfectly by the conditions. We haven’t seen the best of Champ just yet.

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Wednesday's racing tips - 7/2 NAP of the day on day two of the Cheltenham Festival

Jon Vine looks over Wednesday's horse racing action and picks out his best bet of the day in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

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