Cheltenham tips on Saturday – Through the card tips on day two of the Showcase Meeting
Cheltenham tips on Saturday at the Showcase Meeting
After a cracking first day return to Cheltenham for day one of the Showcase Meeting our tipping team pick out their Cheltenham tips on Saturday for the second day of classy jumps racing action.
There was plenty of high-class action at Cheltenham on Friday as the Showcase Meeting heralded the first visit of the new jumps season to the home of jumps racing and we enter the second day of racing at Jumps HQ as the Showcase Meeting continues.
Featuring seven more cracking contests over the sticks with the best of the day’s action being shown live on ITV Racing there could be more early Cheltenham Festival clues on offer and our tipping team give their race-by-race Cheltenham tips on Saturday for day two of the Showcase Meeting.
CHELTENHAM TIPS ON SATURDAY – THROUGH THE CARD TIPS ON DAY TWO OF THE SHOWCASE MEETING
1:45 Cheltenham – NHS Vaccinating Heroes Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Series Qualifier) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-140) 2m½f
SAMBA DANCER showed some fair form in Ireland when trained by Elizabeth Doyle, but the Zambezi Sun gelding has taken his performances up a level since joining Fergal O’Brien and the six-year old can continue his upward curve.
One of two in the race for the trainer he made a good impression on his first start for his new yard at Worcester in August, finding only one too good before registering a brace of victories at Uttoxeter and Stratford latterly, running out a six lengths’ winner on the second occasion.
He won readily that day and a 6lbs rise in the weights might prove lenient given he could have more improvement to come for this yard and the drop to two miles shouldn’t be an issue over this stiff track so another big run wouldn’t come as a surprise.
2:20 Cheltenham – 888Sport What’s Your Thinking Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 3m1f
It might be worth chancing COOL MIX who goes well fresh and Ian Jardine’s charge steps back in trip following an excellent fifth in the Scottish Grand National when last seen.
The Fair Mix gelding found a Grade Three contest too much on his only previous visit to this track last January behind Cepage, but he subsequently underwent wind surgery and his efforts last term were much improved.
Placed in all five starts prior to his Ayr bid which included a defeat of Sky Pirate at Wetherby he chased home the likes of Modus and Romain De Senam either side of finishing third in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle and he was only eight lengths adrift at Ayr on his final outing.
Unexposed as a chaser he could go well off this mark and he’s run well fresh in the past so he could be a big player in this contest.
2:55 Cheltenham – Masterson Holdings Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo) 2m½f
Tritonic may not have handled the track when disappointing in the Triumph Hurdle but remains with potential; however STEPNEY CAUSEWAY went from strength to strength over hurdles last term, winning four times and Dan Skelton’s charge can continue his progress.
The New Approach gelding was firmly brushed aside by Tritonic when making his hurdles debut at Ascot in January, perhaps not suited by the softer ground, and he’s won all four starts since on better ground including wide margin victories at Stratford and Ayr when last seen.
This is tougher but he’s had a wind operation since that last outing and he could progress again this season. He’s likely to get his own way up front in this contest and his wind operation might unlock another level of improvement so every chance he can continue where he left off in receipt of 8lbs from Alan King’s charge.
3:30 Cheltenham – 888Sport Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m
Sky Pirate sets a solid standard but may need this first run and it might be worth sticking with LEAPAWAY who has won two of his last three starts and Philip Hobbs’ charge can make the most of his race fitness advantage to strike again.
This is a tougher contest than he’s taken in in recent starts but he won well when last seen at Worcester last month, beating amongst others Mercian Prince who won at Kempton last weekend and the reopposing Bathiva.
He’s up 3lbs for that last victory and takes a step up in grade into a Class Two contest so will need to find some improvement in this tougher race; however with a fitness advantage and seemingly getting his act together now over the larger obstacles he might be worth chancing to find the requisite progress needed to be a factor in this contest.
4:05 Cheltenham – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 3m
A competitive contest where a chance is taken on GEORDIE DES CHAMPS who returns to hurdles following a lesser effort on his recent reappearance over fences at Chepstow and Rebecca Curtis’ charge can bounce back.
The Robin Des Champs gelding had been in good form over the summer, winning twice at Ffos Las by narrow margins and he looked rusty following four months off when finishing fifth behind Some Chaos over fences last time.
A five-time winner over hurdles he’s still relatively low-mileage for a ten-year old and he’s placed from higher marks than this in the past so he might be worth siding with on the back of that recent Chepstow spin which will have sharpened him up.
4:40 Cheltenham – Mick Turner A Lifetime In Racing Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 3m½f
Does He Know looked a good prospect when winning at the first attempt over fences at Chepstow but OSCAR ELITE could prove a tough nut to crack if bringing his smart hurdles form from last term over the larger obstacles on his chase debut.
Colin Tizzard’s charge has won between the flags and the Oscar gelding was progressive last term over hurdles, winning his first two starts before and twice placing in Grade One contests which include the Albert Bartlett at this venue in March.
If he were to translate that level of ability to these obstacles then he could prove a tough nut to crack and he’s sure to have been well schooled ahead of this debut. He could prove a very useful chaser in time if taking to this discipline although with a point-to-point background he should have little trouble adapting and he rates a big player.
5:15 Cheltenham – Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race) Cl2 (4-6yo) 2m½f
Often an informative contest and SHUIL DONN could go one better than his debut runner-up effort at Cork six months ago and now with Dr Richard Newland the Arctic Cosmos gelding can get off the mark.
Sent off at 80/1 for that Irish bumper contest he made the winner work hard for victory and beat a couple of next-time hurdles winners in the process of finishing runner-up. He’s since joined a good and shrewd yard and ought to improve on what he showed last time.
His trainer can ready one following an absence so a seven months’ break needn’t be a huge inconvenience and there’d be little shock in seeing a big run here.