16/1 Banker Acca for Day 2 at The Cheltenham Festival 2022
The Cheltenham Festival is fast approaching and as the greatest show on turf nears our experts have delved into the day 2 Wednesday card identifying a 16/1 banker accumulator. Check this out, and why not add it to your bet slip with one click here.
Sir Gerhard (1.30 Cheltenham, Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle) 11/10
Last year’s Champion Bumper winner SIR GERHARD has the option of both the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at this year’s Festival, yet the betting suggests that he is far more likely to contest the latter – for which he is currently trading at a shade greater than evens money.
This 2m5f contest will be the furthest that Sir Gerhard has raced since he landed a 3m point back in November 2019, yet he hasn’t looked short of stamina in his recent hurdles outings.
Sir Gerhard made light work of a smart field in the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle at last month’s Dublin Racing Festival, and with that just his second hurdles start, he is capable of further improvement in this sphere.
The Ballymore certainly rates the less competitive of the novice hurdles Sir Gerhard holds entries for, and as such if he was to take his place in the line-up he would be tough to oppose.
Galopin Des Champs (2.10 Cheltenham, Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase) 4/5
Just like his stablemate, GALOPIN DES CHAMPS‘ Festival assignment is also up in the air, with the 6yo holding entries in both the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase and the Turners Novices’ Chase.
Bookmakers feel that the former is Galopin Des Champs’s most likely assignment, which would see Willie Mullins’ charge stepping back up to 3m for the first time since landing a Grade 1 novice hurdle at last season’s Punchestown Festival.
Winner of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle here 12 months ago, Galopin Des Champs has looked imperious since switching to the larger obstacles this season and whichever race he takes in next week, expect him to be a warm order to land the spoils.
Thanks to the non-runner no bet concession, if he didn’t take in Wednesday’s Brown Advisory, your Acca would still be running.
Shishkin (3.30 Cheltenham, Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase) 4/6
Nicky Henderson’s SHISHKIN has proven one of the most popular National Hunt horses in training, and that’s in no small part thanks to an unbeaten Cheltenham Festival record, with the 8yo supplementing a 2020 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle win with victory in last season’s Arkle Novices’ Chase.
A tilt at the Queen Mother Champion Chase was always likely to be on the agenda for Shishkin after that success, and he has done his chances no harm with victories in both starts this campaign, landing a Clarence House cracker last time when wearing down the long-time leader Energumene late in the day.
He is expected to be one of the most popular winners of the week and will be in many a punters multiple at the Festival this year.
Tiger Roll (4.10 Cheltenham, Glenfarclas Chase) 7/4
What is the Cheltenham Festival without an appearance from TIGER ROLL?
The dual Grand National hero brought his form figures at the Festival to 1011121 when landing the Cross Country 12 months previous, his third victory in the race.
He’s expected to have been trained with the race solely in mind ever since, and win or lose, this is very likely the 12yos last appearance on the track. How fitting it would be to go out with a win at his favourite venue, in front of the packed Cheltenham stands.