Hello and welcome to arseonlineracing. This website is 100% Independent and has NO affiliate links. This website is curated by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles… But this week we have a few guests… 

Joining us again we have Chris Price, Lee Mackenzie of Talksport2 & top trainer Brendan Powell…

How are we all after the opening day of the festival? What about that roar as the starters flag was lowered for the first race? Fantastic as always… 

How did we do I hear you say? Well lets have a look…

Charlie – Angels Breath (Unplaced)

Loug Derg Spirit (Pulled Up)

Ok Corral (Pulled Up)

Chris – Good Man Pat(Pulled Up)

Lee – Apples Jade(Unplaced) Hardline(Unplaced) Coo Star Sivola(Pulled Up)

Brendan – Glen Forza(Unseated) Us and Them(Runner Up) Whisperinthebreeze(Fell)

Rich – Espoir D’allen(Winner) Roaring Bull(Placed 6th)

It is a privilege for us to have our guest bloggers for the festival, so lets see what we all have for Day 2…. Just like yesterday Charlie will lead the way, with our Guests and then Rich will have the Final Word…

Charlie – 

2.50 Coral Cup – Brio Conti– Trained by Paul Nicholls. Brio Conti had been showing some promise when coming from off the pace in last run to win at Ascot over 2m 3f. Although was off for over a year prior to making comeback at Sandown over 2m 7f when pulled up before the last in race prior to Ascot victory. Is lightly raced for his age and although is now 5lb higher could easily have more to come and at 10-1 may be worth an Eachway play here.

4.50 Fred Winter – Ask For Glory – Is another horse trained by Paul Nicholls who won an Irish point race before being purchased for £280k. Made a winning rules debut at Chepstow over 2m beating Imperial Esprit by 13 lengths. What catches my eye is the fact that Nicholls doesn’t normally have any entries in this race and Ask For Glory looks a nice type with plenty of scope for the future, currently available around 13-2 and could grab a place at least.


Chris – 

Battleoverdoyen – 1.30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
A horse I have been sweet on in this race for some time. Successful in all four starts to date, including at the top level in the Lawlor’s of Naas novice hurdle two months ago. Horses that have won a point-to-point, bumper and graded chase have landed this on four occasions during in the past decade, and at 4/1, looks capable of getting Gordon Elliott off the mark at the Festival this year.

Tiger Roll – 4.10 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
Hardly an original selection, but I see no reason why Tiger Roll won’t add to his trio of Festival wins. Winner of this race last year before going on to win the Grand National, Tiger Roll has done little wrong in two starts since Aintree. Fourth in the handicap over this course in November was a fine reappearance, especially giving Josies Orders 15lbs. His Grade 2 hurdles win over an intermediate trip at Navan last month was a shock, but once again proved to all what an admirable warrior he is. A best price of 11/8 at this time seems more than fair.


Day 2 looks harder than the opener to me, so I’m not going to ignore the obvious chance of TIGER ROLL in the cross-country race. There was some talk about him having a crack at the Gold Cup in an ambitious attempt to win four times at the Festival in different races.

While it would have been intriguing to see him in the Blue Riband, he is far more likely to win this chosen target instead. As I see it, there would be no point going to Cheltenham on route to the Grand National unless he is expected to win.

I was hoping to find an each-way alternative to Altior in the Champion Chase, but the extra rain has tempered (though not completely destroyed) my enthusiasm in God’s Own, so I’ll just be watching it now.

In the RSA, Santini’s interrupted preparation has been widely discussed. He looks an ideal candidate for the race but, in the circumstances, MORTAL would be a good alternative if he goes for it. However, he also has other engagements and trainer Joseph O’Brien will pick the right one, so look out for him wherever he heads.


Final Word with Rich- 

Thanks guys, lets see what I have for you on day 2 of the festival….

1.30… Ballymore Novice Hurdle… Grade 1 Class 1… 2m 5f…

I have been with Champ all season and I see no reason to change that now, having started this season unbeaten and has improved with each run. Having won twice in May Champ returned on December 1st in a 2m 4f Class 2 handicap hurdle at Newbury, winning by 4 & 1/2 lengths. Stepped up to Grade 1 company when last seen, again at Newbury on December 29th when landing the Grade 1 Challow Novice Hurdle by 2 & 1/2 lengths from Getaway Trump…

DANGER… Battleoverdoyen… Won a Punchestown 2m NHF(Bumper) on November 28th by 6 & 1/2 lengths before heading to Navan to make hurdle debut in a 2m Maiden on December 16th, winning by 13 lengths from Momus. A step up in trip & Grade was required and when last seen at Naas on January 6th when landing the Grade 1 Lawlor’s Novice Hurdle 2m 4f….

2.10…RSA Novice Chase… Grade 1 Class 1… 3m 80yds…

Delta Work…  3 from 3 this season since making Chase debut over 2m 3f back on November 2nd when winning a Beginners Chase by 3/4’s of a length. Took a step up to Grade 1 company at Fairyhouse to land the Drinmore Novice Chase over 2m 5f from Le Richebourg(Misses festival to injury). Delta Work was last seen at Leopardstown on December 29th when stepping up to 3m to land the Neville Hotels Grade 1 Novice Chase by 8 lengths from Mortal….

4.50… Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle… Grade 3 Class 1.. 2m 87yds…

Band of Outlaws…. Having finished 3rd by 1 length to Maze Runner on December 9th in a Maiden Hurdle debut at Cork over 2m . Improved next time out on December 26th to land a 2m Limerick Maiden Hurdle by 3/4’s of a length before reversing the form with Maze Runner, winning by 4 & 1/2 lengths in a Class 1 Hurdle on February 29th at Naas…

That is  everything for you today folks, really appreciate you all popping by and we look forward to your company for Day 3…

All the Best – The Cheltenham Blog Team

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