Champion Bumper Tips – Mullins runner can add to trainers excellent race record

Champion Bumper Tips

Daryl Carter (@DarylCarter7) gives the latest of his Cheltenham tips here as he runs the rule over final Cheltenham Day 2 race, the Champion Bumper.

Over the years the Champion Bumper has proved extremely tough for punters but in recent times with smaller fields and less horses staying in bumpers it has proved to be the best of the best that come to the fore. Last year’s winner Envoi Allen is highly touted for this year’s Ballymore Novice Hurdle.

Champion Bumper Tips – New Pipe recruit looks one to watch

PANIC ATTACK looked out of the ordinary at Market Rasen for Willie Mullins on debut and she was one of only two four-year-olds in the race. She drew right away with the minimum of fuss and she certainly looks one to keep on side.

The four year old shot straight to the head of the Champion Bumper market after this race and she will be receiving a hefty weight allowance should she take up this engagement. Has recently moved to David Pipe’s stable and it will be intriguing to see if the Nicholashayne handler can get the best out of her.

Dublin Festival winner looks to have sound claims

Willie Mullins holds a strong hand as always in this contest and the six-year-old APPRECIATE IT improved for his debut run when running out a ready winner over 2m4f. The debut run was full of promise over 2m when short of room at the finish and he will have benefited from the experience and race fitness.

He took his form to new levels during the Dublin Festival however, running out a very comfortable winner of the Bumper claiming the scalps of Eric Bloodaxe, Wide Reciever, Risk Factor and Lieutenant Command in breathtaking fashion and he rates the one to beat in this year’s Champion Bumper. Outstanding chance!

Pipe second-string a big player

Another runner for David Pipe here and with the trainer landing this race with Moon Racer in the past ISRAEL CHAMP should supplement his hopes alongside Panic Attack. This horse is relentless and looks a stayer to follow for the future. His recent form is working out rather well and while he remains one of Britain’s main contenders this race may fall to the Irish yet again with him lacking the tactical speed needed over 2m.

Mullins runner looks out of his depth

FERNY HOLLOW will need to improve on his two starts this season when a beaten favourite on both occasions and Willie Mullins looks to have stronger hands elsewhere in this field.

More needed from Joseph O’Brien charge

Took care of the above mentioned Ferny Hallow in a driving finish when in receipt of 7lbs and FORGED IN FIRE looked to outstay his rival on that occasion. The pair may both benefit from going up in trip in the future and will need considerably more at Cheltenham in March.

Talented beast may need further to enhance profile

ERIC BLOODAXE created a deep impression in his first two starts for Joseph O’Brien this season notably, when taking care of the highly regarded Wide Receiver who reversed that form at Leopardstown next time out. The big powerful horse takes a moment to get going before staying on strongly in his races and he did similar at Leopardstown on his most recent start when finishing a well beaten 7th of 8 behind Appreciate It. I think he wants much further than the two miles of his bumper target and while he is a lovely future prospect he may prove vulnerable here.

Other contenders to watch

Of those at bigger prices Dublin Festival Future Stars runner-up RISK FACTOR returned from an absence on his first start of the season to put in an excellent display behind the very strong market leader Appreciate It. He has work to do to turn around the 7l but that did come on seasonal return and he finished well clear of the remainder and could quite well take a step forward next time and is widely available at 14/1 and as big as 20/1 in places at the time of writing.

Champion Bumper Tips – Big race verdict

It’s never easy picking the winner of this contest but on all known form APPRECIATE IT is by far the stand-out candidate and his my selection for this Cheltenham Day 2 closer.