Best of Bets’ Oliver Holmes has his selections primed for Day Two’s offerings of Cheltenham Festival.
Yesterday’s racing provided some incredible jump racing including Constitution Hill, who more than lived up to the pre-race hype, and cemented his status as one of jump racing’s greats by maintaining his unbeaten record in the Champion Hurdle. Impressively, his odds of 4/11 has made Constitution Hill the shortest priced winner in the history of the race.
Away from Constitution Hill, much of the pre-race talk surrounded Honeysuckle and her chance to round of an incredible career by claiming a win of the Mares’ Chance. The nine-year-old mare and her pilot, Rachael Blackmore, showed the roaring audience at Cheltenham how it was done as the mare showed off her incredible stamina and talent one final time.
Cheltenham Day 2: Selections and Naps
NAP: EDWARDSTONE – Queen Mother Champion Chase – 6/4 General
Edwardstone was the one to take out of the Clarence House Chase. Despite that being on the New Course, his win in the Arkle was absolutely fantastic over on the Old Course. I think that Energumene will still be a threat, but Edwardstone is a class act.
E/W BET: Ramilies – Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase – 22/1 General
I already had an antepost bet at 12/1 in late February. And, despite the demotion last time out, he can stay on really well and was entered for the National Hunt Chase. Soft ground is a big plus, and came sixth in last year’s Albert Bartlett, which is good guide for this race.
Handicap Best: HMS Seahorse – Coral Cup – 11/1 William Hill
Fourth in last year’s Fred Winter, it was the only time he finished outside the top three on hurdles starts. He’s been handicapped well after winning last time out at Navan. Double figure price might just be a little too big for him.
13:30 – Hermes Allen
14:10 – Galia Des Liteaux (RAMILIES E/W)
14:50 – HMS SEAHORSE (San Salvador e/w)
15:30 – EDWARDSTONE (NAP)
16:10 – Delta Work (No Bet)
16:50 – Dinoblue (Thyme White e/w)
17:30 – Fun Fun Fun (Captain Cody e/w)
The very best of luck!