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After two rides at the Festival yesterday the star jockey assesses the day two card at Cheltenham. 
Brian Hughes   |  12th March 2019
After the highs of riding at the Cheltenham Festival yesterday, to the more sedate pace of serving a suspension and missing out today, such is the life of a professional jockey. It’ll give me the opportunity to watch everything live from the comfort of home and get myself fresh and prepared for a busy remainder of the week. Naturally, I’d love to be there. As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, this really is the Olympics of our sport and the four days we all want to be involved in.


Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (1.30pm) – Battleoverdoyen

Of those that are treading the boards today, I’m thoroughly looking forward to seeing Gordon Elliott’s Battleoverdoyen in the opening Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (1.30pm). Day two was the day Gordon and his team really kicked into gear in 2018, winning three of the seven races, and with what to my eyes could be a Gold Cup contender of the future, they might well get a great start this time around too. Battleoverdoyen has impressed me in all he’s done this season, and don’t forget this is the race the same stable won with Samcro 12 months ago.
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Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.30pm) – Altior

Later on, my opinion is it’s a good renewal of the feature Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.30pm). As a racing fan I’m hoping the mighty Altior puts on a show and blows them away. His jockey, Nico de Boinville, has the best seat in the house!

Latest odds on Mother Champion Chase 

Fred Winter Junvenile Handicap Hurdle (4.50pm) – Chief Justice

The penultimate race on the card is the Fred Winter Junvenile Handicap Hurdle (4.50pm), in which I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a big run from my old pal, Chief Justice. I liked him when I won on him at Worcester last summer, and have followed his progress since he transferred from Richard Fahey to Gordon Elliott, for whom he’s now won three. I know he’s had a wind operation and this big field could suit him.

Latest odds on Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 

Cheltenham Day Two Betting Tips, Preview And Race Schedule – Ladies Day


Weatherbys Champion Bumper (5.30pm) – Master Debonair

Lastly, I remember there being a shock in the concluding Weatherbys Champion Bumper (5.30pm) this day a year ago, when Relegate popped up under a great ride from Katie Walsh. One who caught my eye for this year’s renewal when I rode against him back in November was Master Debonair from the Colin Tizzard stable. He’s got solid course form and had the rest well beaten in that listed Cheltenham bumper. I was on Ribble Valley for Nicky Richards that day, a decent sort who has since won at Ayr, and got a good view of Master Debonair.
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Finally, as promised, I’ll be updating my blog every day this week so check back in on day three. Enjoy Cheltenham.





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