Cheltenham 2018: Day 2 Preview, Ladies Day

Day two of the festival succeeds Champion’s Day, and is often referred to as Ladies Day. In the last ten years Cheltenham Festival has grown in popularity, with people from all over Europe attending. The Wednesday sees many corporate events and women in the grandstand for a packed day of racing. There’s more action tomorrow, for St Patrick’s Day, ahead of the final day on Friday.

Ladies Day Betting Offers & Free Bets

13.30 The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle

This is the stepping stone for future Champion Hurdle winners as the likes of Istabraq, Hardy Eustace and Faugheen all won this race before going on to land the big one the following season. Last year’s winner Yorkhill will be going for the Champion Hurdle this time around.

14.10 The RSA Steeple Chase

This is a race for the top staying Novice chasers which has a bearing on the following year’s Gold Cup as previous winners  include Lord Windermere and Bob’s Worth. Last year’s winner was Blaklion for Nigel Twiston-Davies.

14.50 The Coral Cup Hurdle

Normally a betting frenzy surrounds this race with plenty of gambles being won and lost. As competitive a handicap as you will find, there are normally six or seven coming down to the last with a winning chance and it’s not a race for the faint-hearted. Last year’s winner was the Gordon Elliott trained Diamond King.

15.30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

This is normally a terrific spectacle, and nothing gets the heart pumping like top chasers going at speed over the fences. Last year was emotional as well as breath-taking as Sprinter Sacre rolled back the years after encountering numerous physical issues.

16.10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country

Run around the centre of the course, this race is strictly a matter of horses for courses as those that take to it return again and again.  Previous dual winners include Garde Champetre and Balthazar King.

16.50 The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

Named after one of racing’s finest jockeys and trainers, this race is normally run at a furious pace and it needs a horse that can stay further than two miles. Expect a maximum field every time.

17.30 The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (a Standard Open NH Flat Race)

Willie Mullins has almost made this race his own, winning it eight times, but he hasn’t scored since 2014.  He threw seven at the race last year but it was the Nigel Twiston-Davies Ballyandy who came out on top.