Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Bet of the Day
Here you will find our Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Bet Of The Day. This is our most confident selection on Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival
It’s a horse we think out the 7 races has the best chance of winning. It runs in the Champion Chase at 3.30pm
Cheltenham Festival Day 2 NAP
We’ve been with DEFI DU SEUIL all season and he hasn’t disappointed, quickening between horses to win the Shloer and following that up to win the Tingle Creek impressively at Sandown albeit idling at the finish. He then put in a mighty display to win the Clarence House, brushing aside Un De Sceaux emphatically to announce himself as one of, if not the best two miler around. You couldn’t ask for a better prep and it looks all systems go for the big one. As you know Altior is a horse we’ve had great allegiance to ever since he powered up the Cheltenham hill to lower the colours of Min in the Supreme Novice Hurdle back in 2016. Since then he hasn’t looked back winning a staggering 20 of 21 races over jumps. He has so much talent and that turn of foot has got him out of trouble many times. It wasn’t easy opposing him but for me he’s been on the decline since winning this race last year. He looked beat coming up the hill but somehow showed tremendous heart to get back up and beat Politologue. That sort of performance won’t be good enough to win this year, nowhere near, and he hasn’t done much since to make me think he will better it. He looked a deflated horse after getting outstayed by Cyrname at Ascot. That horse hasn’t looked the same since so maybe it took more out the pair than we think? Of course Altior bounced back in the Game Spirit at Newbury last time but his preparation has been far from ideal and I think he is priced up on what he has achieved in the past rather than this season. My heart wants to see him defend his crown but in this game it’s usually your head that wins you money so I have to take him on, as much as it hurts. Chacun Pour Soi looks the main danger but his lack of Cheltenham form has to be a worry and I’m just not convinced with his overall profile. He beat the selection at Punchestown but for me the latter was coming to the end of a long season, one where he had been on the go since November. That was nowhere near the horse we have now and I think he’s priced up on that one piece of form alone. He was beaten by A Plus Yard on return having travelled best and did put that right winning at Leopardstown but that race fell apart and Min is 12/1 for this so he’ll need a lot more to justify his position in the market. I’m just not sold and my doubts over him only strengthen my stance towards the selection.