Loader’s Lucky 15 – Best bets on day two at Cheltenham
Chris Loader rolls his four best bets into this Lucky 15 for day two of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday 11th March.
It was a mixed day on the Each Way Lucky15 for Racing Tips on Tuesday with same decent places but some disappointments. We go again on the second day of the Festival in the search of winners. Best odds available with Betway.
Wednesday’s Lucky 15
1.30 Ballymore – Sporting John
Followers of my work will know that I’ve been against Envoi Allen for quite some time for the Cheltenham Festival. Sporting John was on my radar as a threat in this race but his performance at Ascot blew me away as I had needed to see a bigger performance. It was a small field at Ascot but he showed me gears that I had previously seen before has he galloped clear away from his rivals. Prior to that the five-year-old had won his first two starts at Exeter and he beat decent horses such as Harry Senior who has subsequently won a Grade Two. Some pundits have questioned if Phil Hobbs is running in him in the right race at Cheltenham but I think he is tailor made for the Ballymore.
2.10 RSA – Minella Indo
For me Minella Indo is the most solid option for the RSA. I was keen on Champ earlier in the season but his quirks suggest he might not be up to a slog which this race might be. Minella Indo has only raced twice over fences this season when he finished second behind Laurina on debut and then won on his last start at Naas. The second in that race at Naas, Captain CJ has come out and won since suggesting that it was a fair performance. The son of Beat Hollow won the Albert Bartlett at the course last year and then backed it up by winning at the Punchestown Festival. The seven-year-old might not be a flashy type but I think he has the stamina edge you need to win this.
3.30 Champion Chase – Defi Du Seuil
It is disappointing that Altior couldn’t take his chance in the Champion Chase but with his departure surely Defi Du Seuil is the banker of the day. The seven-year-old has never lost at the Cheltenham Festival and is a dual winner of a Triumph and JLT. His main rival will be Chacun Pour Soi for Willie Mullins but I think he had a hard race the Dublin Festival and still has the course factor to answer because he still a Cheltenham virgin. Defi Du Seuil has to reverse the form with Chacun Pour Soi when they might at Punchestown last season but te dual Cheltenham Festival had excuses of a hard season. For me Defi Du Seuil won’t be a wide margin winner but he’s got the winning attitude to beat his rivals.
5.30 Champion Bumper – Ocean Wind
Ocean Wind is one of my best bests of the day and I think he had the speed to win this race. Roger Teal is normally associated as a flat trainer but he has had a few National Hunt horses. This horse was bred by Godolphin for the flat be he looks a serious horse with many gears. He bolted up at Newbury last time in a very decent bumper that often throws up Graded horses. The ground was good that day and the drying forecast on Tuesday through to Wednesday will be pleasing news to connections. Prior to that he ran an encouraging race to finish second at Cheltenham on News Years Day. The only concern is that he is a four-year-old, which a a negative stat in the race as many of the winners are older. However he will in a receipt on an allowance and on ratings he is the joint best British bumper horse in the Champion Bumper. For me he is a major player and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him go close.