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2023 Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Tips

TimeRaceTipPlace Bet
13:30Ballymore Novices’ HurdleHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursSir GerhardPlace Bet
14:10Brown Advisory Novices’ ChaseHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursBeacon EdgePlace Bet
14:50Coral CupHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursThe ShunterPlace Bet
15:30Champion ChaseHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursShishkinPlace Bet
16:10 Cross Country ChaseHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursTiger RollPlace Bet
16:50Grand Annual Handicap ChaseHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursEditeur De GitePlace Bet
17:30Champion BumperHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursFacile VegaPlace Bet

Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Preview

We enter the second day of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday and hopefully following some successful punting on day one we’ll be in profit heading into the Cheltenham day 2 races.

The second day of the Cheltenham Festival is also known as ‘Ladies’ Day’ and it is perhaps fitting then that the highlight of the second day of the Festival will be headlined by the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

As with the opening day, our tipsters will provide their Cheltenham Festival day 2 tips through the card as the ‘greatest show on turf’ continues.

Cheltenham Day 2 Races 2023

Wednesday’s Cheltenham day 2 races promises to be another top-class afternoon of exciting racing action, kicking off as usual at 1.30pm with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and drawing to a close with the Weatherbys Champion Bumper which brings the second day to a close at 5.30pm.

All eyes will be on the day’s feature race however, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the third of four Grade One contests on the second day and the highlight heads to post at 3.30pm as the fourth race of the day.

TIMERACEDISTANCEPREVIEW
13:30Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips2m 5fRace Preview
14:10Brown Advisory Novice Chase Tips3m 1/2fRace Preview
14:50Coral Cup  Tips2m 5fRace Preview
15.:30Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips2mRace Preview
16:10Cross Country Chase Tips3m 7fRace Preview
16:50Grand Annual Chase Tips2m 1/2fRace Preview
17:30Champion Bumper Tips2m 1/2fRace Preview

With seven races taking place starting with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle the opening race is worth a second look for future Festival winners; indeed several winners of this race have developed into top class performers with famous names such as The New One, Faugheen, Yorkhill, Samcro and Envoi Allen all recent winners of this top prize.

We remain in novice company for the second race but switch to the larger obstacles for the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase (formerly known as the RSA Chase). Pay attention to this contest as the race has a habit of throwing up a future Gold Cup candidate.

Two competitive contests to kick off Cheltenham races day 2 and there’s no let-up in race three, where the handicappers head to post over hurdles for another competitive renewal of the Coral Cup. Good luck to all trying to bag the winner with their Cheltenham Wednesday tips in what is usually a tricky puzzle for punters to solve!

Race four is the feature race of the day, the Queen Mother Champion Chase and this year will prove a very interesting renewal. Can Shishkin confirm the Clarence House Chase form and beat Energumene again? Or will Willie Mullins finally land the one Festival Championship race that has thus far eluded him?

Shishkin will be the big hope of the County Carlow trainer and the banker bet of many peoples’ Cheltenham Festival day 2 tips.

Next up of the Cheltenham day 2 races is the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase where racing legend and triple-winner Tiger Roll could line up again. He’ll no doubt prove a popular pick for many in their day 2 Cheltenham Festival tips, however he won’t have it all his own way, with the likes of Easysland and Prengarde in the mix.

The Grand Annual Chase moves from its’ traditional Cheltenham Festival final day bookend to take its’ new place as the penultimate race of day two and another competitive handicap chase awaits; while the second day closes as it began with Grade One racing where the Champion Bumper brings the curtain down on another top-class afternoon.

Plenty of big names have taken this prize before going on to big things later in their careers so is another race to take particular note of!

Cheltenham Wednesday Feature Race

Spearheading the Cheltenham day 2 races is the Queen Mother Champion Chase at 3.30pm and the popular contest will surely garner the attentions of punters eager to see whether Shishkin can confirm his status as the best two-mile Chaser.

The Cheltenham Wednesday feature race brings together the best two mile exponents over the larger obstacles from across the UK and Ireland and beyond in what is sure to be another mouthwatering renewal where no quarter will be asked or given as some of the biggest guns in the game lock their sights on the big prize.

15:30 Queen Mother Champion Chase – (Grade 1) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m

The day two feature is open to horses aged five and over and the contest has been won by some big names including dual-champions Altior, Sprinter Sacre, Master Minded and Moscow Flyer just a few of the household names to have taken the prize.

Paul Nicholls and Henry De Bromhead have both saddled the winner of this race two times in the last five years, but it will take some doing for either trainer to win it this year! It looks set to be a striaght fight between Nicky Henderson’s Shishkin and Willie Mullins’ Energumene.

Shishkin deservedly heads the ante-post betting for the race after his thrilling victory in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot in January, and will be a popular choice in many peoples’ Cheltenham Wednesday tips. With Willie Mullins yet to win this race he’ll be hoping Energumene can reverse form with Shishkin and give him that elusive win.

Other contenders to note include last season’s runner-up Nube Negra for the Skelton team, and last year’s Punchestown Champion Chase winner Chacun Pour Soi, who gives Willie Mullins another option in what is set to be a cracking renewal!

5 key trends to consider

  • 12/12 winners had run at least twice that season.
  • 12/12 winners had at least 7 runs over fences.
  • 12/12 winners had raced at Cheltenham before.
  • Just 2/10 winners were Irish trained.
  • 15/17 winners had run at 2-3 times that season.

Other Races On Day Two

13:30 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – (Grade 1) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m5f

A superb race to start Day 2 of Cheltenham Festival. It’s hard to know who will be lining up for this race, but with the likes of Sir Gerhard and Journey With Me in the mix, it’s sure to be a cracker!

5 key trends to consider

  • Last 8 winners aged 6.
  • 7/8 winners were Irish trained.
  • 12/12 winners no bigger than 20/1.
  • 10/13 winners had won in a Graded hurdle.
  • 11/12 winners finished in the top 2 in their last race.

14:10 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase – (Grade 1) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m1/2f

It pays to look at the head of the betting in this race, with five winning favourites in the past 10 renewals. Galopin Des Champs looks set to be one of the potential bankers of the festival if he lines up here.

5 key trends to consider

  • 7/7 winners from top three in the betting.
  • 9/10 winners rated at least 143 over hurdles.
  • 13/15 winners aged 6-7.
  • 13/15 winners had raced at Cheltenham Festival previously.
  • 12/12 winners had run between 6-13 runs in total over fences and hurdles.

14:50 Coral Cup Hurdle – (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m5f

This race can often spring a surprise, with five of the last six winners winning at double-figure odds – including last year’s 33/1 winner Heaven Help Us.

5 key trends to consider

  • 12/12 winners had won at least twice over hurdles.
  • 10/12 winners previously run at Cheltenham.
  • 19/20 winners had won in their previous five starts.
  • 11/12 winners aged between 5-7.
  • 13/14 winners no more than four runs that season.

16:10 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase – Cl2 (5yo+) 3m6f

Tiger Roll has already cemented himself as one of the all time greats, and he already has the record in this race – winning it three times. Can he beat his own record and win it for a fourth time? Plenty of punters will be backing the superstar no doubt!

5 key trends to consider

  • 9/11 winners aged 10 or younger – just 1 winner aged younger than 8 ever.
  • 17/17 winners had an official rating of 126+.
  • 14/17 winners had raced at Cheltenham previously.
  • 9/12 winners had run in no more than five cross country races.
  • 17/17 winners were from the top nine in the betting.

16:50 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase – (Grade 3) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m1/2f

Another race that it could pay to back an outsider – none more so than when Croco Bay won at 66/1 in 2019! Could we see another big-odds winner this year?

5 key trends to consider

  • 11/11 winners rated between 138-152.
  • 11/12 winners aged between 6-9.
  • 8/9 winners had no more than 4 chase runs that season.
  • 14/17 winners had run at Cheltenham Festival before.
  • 6/7 winners hadn’t raced in the last 50 days before the race.

17:30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper – (Grade 1) Cl1 (4-6yo) 2m1/2f

Willie Mullins has won three of the last four renewals – including last year’s winner Sir Gerhard. He looks set to continue his excellent record with Facile Vega heading the betting after his impressive Grade 2 victory at the Dublin Racing Festival.

5 key trends to consider

  • 12/12 winners were rated 118 or higher.
  • 12/12 winners had at least one run and one win in the season.
  • 11/12 winners aged 5 or 6.
  • 5/6 winners had raced within 40 days of the race.
  • 8/10 winners were Irish trained.

Cheltenham Day 2 Betting Tips

There’s sure to be plenty of opinions shared when it comes to Cheltenham Festival tips on day 2 from the opening Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle where the impressive pair Dysart Dynamo and Sir Gerhard head the beating.

The Brown Advisory Chase (formerly RSA Chase) sees Willie Mullins’ Galopin des Champs as a potential Cheltenham race tips for Wednesday banker where he trades several points ahead of the likes of Bravemansgame and Fury Road amongst others.

Fan favourite Tiger Roll will be popular in the Glenfarclas Cross Country, and having won this race three times already he could be considered a bit of an expert in how to win the race! He will have some tough opposition though, with the likes of Prengarde and Easysland in the line up.

Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott have traded blows in recent Champion Bumper renewals and the latter holds the current ante-post favourite with American Mike in what is sure to be a hotly contested finale to the second day.

Cheltenham Free Bets For Wednesday

As is usually the case at the Cheltenham Festival there’s sure to be plenty of Cheltenham free bets for Wednesday on offer for punters to make use of, offering opportunities to turn a profit for little outlay.

Leading bookmakers will have a number of free bets and offers running throughout the the biggest week of the National Hunt season and the RacingTips.com team will be busy throughout all four days of the Festival providing readers and punters with their Cheltenham Festival day 2 tips as well as highlighting the best Cheltenham free bet offers and concessions available.


Other days at Cheltenham Festival

It’s not all about Day 2 at Cheltenham Festival – You can check out our tips for the other days here: