After the excitement of the first day, day two promises to be equally exciting. The main highlight of the seven race Wednesday card at the Cheltenham Festival is the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Click on any of the race names below to check out the latest odds for that race:
|Wednesday, 13th March 2013|
|13.30||143rd National Hunt Chase Odds||Form||Runners||Betting Offers|
|14.05||Neptune Novices' Hurdle Odds||Form||Runners||Betting Offers|
|14.40||RSA Chase Odds||Form||Runners||Betting Offers|
|15.20||Champion Chase Odds||Form||Runners||Betting Offers|
|16.00||Coral Cup Odds||Weights||Runners||Betting Offers|
|16.40||Fred Winter Hurdle Odds||Weights||Runners||Betting Offers|
|17.15||Champion Bumper Odds||Form||Runners||Betting Offers|
The day kicks off with the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup run over four miles with amateur jockeys on board. This is the oldest race on the four day card and was the race the Festival was built up around. A good race for outsiders in recent years, however it was the 5/1 favourite, Teaforthree for the Rebecca Curtis stable that landed the odds in 2012.
Next up is the Neptune Investment Novices' Hurdle (formally the Ballymore), run over 2 miles and five furlongs and is a Class A Grade 1 Hurdle, open to novices aged four and over. Having had four favourites on the trot win between 1997-2000, there was not another one until Mikael D'Haguenet won in 2009. Peddlers Cross was the impressive winner of the race in 2010, but it was the turn of the Mouse Morris trained, First Lieutenant in 2011. The well backed Simonsig won last year for Nicky Henderson who trains the favourite Captain Conan in 2013.
The third race is the RSA Chase a race won by Cooldine in 2009 and Albertas Run the year before. Both were favourites and were clearly the class horses in their respective races. This race is a good stepping stone to bigger things as Denman showed after winning it in 2007 and we all know what followed in 2008. So this is a race to keep an eye on for future stars. Bobs Worth won twelve months ago and now goes for the Gold Cup in 2013.
The prestigious Queen Mother Champion Chase is next and this will decide who the Champion Chaser over two miles will be it is the feature race of the day. Won by Master Minded in 2008 and 2009 the brilliant horse missed out on the hat-trick in 2010 losing to Irish raider Big Zeb who in turn had to settle for second place behind another Irish raider, Sizing Europe in 2011. Finian's Rainbow took the race in 2012, but it's stablemate Sprinter Sacre that's the red hot favourite in 2013.
Fifth race on the card is the Coral Cup, a race that usually wins for the bookmakers and notoriously difficult to pick the winner for punters. 16/1 shot Carlito Brigante was the winner of the race in 2010 for trainer Gordon Elliott, whilst last year the race went the way of Son Of Flicka at odds of 16/1 for Donald McCain.
The Coral Cup is followed by the Fred Winter Juvenile Novice’s Handicap Hurdle, won last year with odds of 40/1 by Une Artiste. This will be only the ninth running and it has been a good race so far for the bookies in general.
Final race of the day is the Champion Bumper, notoriously a good race for the Irish, having won fifteen of the twenty runnings. Willie Mullins trained the 16/1 chance Champagne Fever to victory in 2012.
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