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Cheltenham Festival 2020 Day 2: Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips – best bets for Wednesday, March 11

Racemail tipsters made a flashy start to the festival with champion Hurdle winner Epatante beaten by columnist Jane Mangan, while Nicky Henderson’s mare was also the selection of Peter Scudamore, Formcast and Capt Heath (Marcus Townend).

In-form Mangan also selected The Conditional (15-2), with David Bridgewater’s Ultima Handicap Chase hero a winning nap for Robin Goodfellow (Sam Turner).

Below our racing experts share their tips for day two with the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Chacun Pour Soi (above) and Defi Du Seuil are ready for a direct shoot-out for the big prize

Chacun Pour Soi (above) and Defi Du Seuil are ready for a direct shoot-out for the big prize

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY TWO

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.30 Envoi Allen

2.10 Minella Indo (nb)

2.50 Eglantine Du Seuil

3.30 Chacun Pour Soi

4.10 Easysland

4.50 Repeat

5.30 The Glancing Queen (nap)

GIMCRACK

1.30 Envoi Allen

2.10 Slate house

2.50 Black tears

3.30 Defi Du Seuil (nap)

4.10 Tiger bread

4.50 Galahad Quest

5.30 Panic attack (nb)

BALLYMORE NOVICES ‘HURDLE

(1.30: GRADE ONE – 2 MILES AND 5 MULTIPLE COUNTRIES)

The agonizing first day defeat of Abacadabras in the festival curtain harvester has done no harm to the shape of ENVOI ALLEN that nicely defeated him in November in Fairyhouse in the Grade 1 Royal Bond Hurdle.

Considered by many to be the banker of the week, the undefeated six-year-old seems to have all the components needed to win this race, while hindering with great efficiency and with equal pace and endurance. The shape of his victories this winter has been very successful, as has the bumper that he won 12 months ago at this meeting, which has produced some of the best novices of this season.

He had Longhouse Poet seven lengths behind when they met in January with Naas and the gelding by Martin Brassil could also give a good report here with conditions that would probably fit and ensure his endurance. He demanded that the last stylish exhibition last time in Leopardstown pull out all the stops, so that a game could be rewarded in both directions.

Sporting John has appeared as a class act this season and has already won his three starts over obstacles. He seems to be learning while working and it is unlikely that he has yet reached the ceiling of his progression.

SELECTION: ENVOI ALL 4-6

DANGER: LONGHOUSE POET 16-1

Minella Indo (above) has the right characteristics for the pursuit of RSA Insurance Novices

Minella Indo (above) has the right characteristics for the pursuit of RSA Insurance Novices

Minella Indo (above) has the right characteristics for the pursuit of RSA Insurance Novices

RSA INSURANCE NOVICES

(2.10: GRADE ONE – 3 MILES 80 Yards)

The ability to jump, stay and operate in deep ground is a necessity in this race, which often becomes an exhaustive test of endurance.

MINELLA INDO answered all those questions at Navan last time in beating Captain Cj, who corrected the form by landing a rank 2 chase at his next start. The selection, which set up a brilliant stay here 12 months ago to land the hurdle of the Albert Bartlett novices here, may lack a bit of experience making just two starts over fences so far, but his festival experience will be good for him and his garden had an excellent start to the meeting in the Arkle Chase.

Champ has somewhat polarized the opinion with his jumping technique and he barely arrived halfway the penultimate fence in the Dipper Chase at today’s location on New Year’s Day. He probably has the most natural talent in the field, but the last 22 winners all finished in the first three of their previous start and I prefer the reliable Copperhead’s claims to follow Minella Indo home. Although he started his life with disabilities, Copperhead should not be written off because of his jumping power and today’s endurance test will be ideal.

SELECTION: MINELLA INDO 3-1

DANGER: COPPERHEAD 9-2

CORAL HEAD HANDICAP HANDLEBAR

(2.50: GRADE THREE – 2 MILES 5 FURLONGS)

Eight of the last 10 winners of this race had previously raced in Cheltenham, while the last three winners all had a solid graded form that makes EGLANTINE DU SEUIL interesting for a decent price.

A strong late momentum brought Saddler Maker’s daughter 12 months ago in the Mares’ Novices Hurdle before finishing in third place at both Fairyhouse (to Honeysuckle) and Punchestown in Grade 1 company.

Though she hasn’t set fire to the world in small fieldmare events, there were signs that she was striking in Leopardstown last month when she looked more than three miles in a well-disputed handicap.

Both Protektorat and Alfa Mix represent the five-year-olds and 31 percent of that age group has won or placed in the last decade. Alfa Mix was purchased after an excellent performance at Navan in January and considers a serious threat.

SELECTION: EGLANTINE DU SEUIL 16-1

DANGER: ALFA MIX 9-1

Some spectators have expressed reservations about Chacun Pour Soi dealing with Cheltenham

Some spectators have expressed reservations about Chacun Pour Soi dealing with Cheltenham

Some spectators have expressed reservations about Chacun Pour Soi dealing with Cheltenham

QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE

(3.30: GRADE ONE – 1 MILLE 7 MORE THAN 199 Yards)

The late withdrawal from Altior is a desperate shame, as this race was becoming for all ages, but it now looks like a direct shoot-out between CHACUN POUR SOI and Defi Du Seuil.

That may sound negative for some very useful horses, namely Politologist who was an honorable second place in this event 12 months ago, but the market leaders look head and shoulders above the other quartet and are supposed to confirm their quality.

Some spectators have expressed reservations about Chacun Pour Soi who used Cheltenham and was able to jump around, but he was the last time explosive in Hammering Min in Leopardstown and rejected Defi Du Seuil comfortably when the duo met in Punchestown last spring. The latter’s connections were quick to suggest that a long season might have caught up and that may be the case, but the selection overcame inexperience to achieve a definite success that day and his win in Ireland last month was proof that Punchestown was not fluke performance.

There is no doubt that Barry Geraghty will be full of confidence after his efforts on star mare Epatante yesterday and Defi Du Seuil has done very little wrong this time by beating Politologist and Un De Sceaux twice. He is hard to overlook, but Chacun Pour Soi is closely preferred to confirm the placements in Punchestown.

SELECTION: CHACUN POUR SOI 6-4

DANGER: DEFI DU SEUIL 11-10

GLENFARCLAS CHASE

4.10: GRADE TWO – 3 MILES AND 6 MULTIPLE COUNTRIES

A fascinating event in which Tiger Roll is looking for his fifth victory in Cheltenham (third in this race) and at the same time putting the finishing touches to a historic third Grand National competition.

The festival veteran made a satisfying start to his season with an encouraging return over obstacles at Navan last month and has reportedly been away for a series of racecourse races to improve his fitness prior to this event.

Connections have made no secret of the fact that the National is the number one priority this season, so although he can still surpass EASYSLAND, the youthful French raider who was electrically powered around Pau last month and hacked when he was well supported is preferred. by his first view of the gates of today in November. The selection comes from a garden that is brilliant exponents of cross-country races and Easysland has endless endurance.

SELECTION: EASYSLAND 10-3

DANGER: TIGER ROLL 5-6

BOODLES JUVENIAL HANDICAP HANDLEBAR

4.50: GRADE THREE – 2 MILES 87 yards

This obstacle with regard to the youth disability has been a hotly controversial issue since its inception, with field sizes often at maximum capacity, while the Triumph obstacle suffers. Revealing the winner is a difficult question, but 12 of the last 15 winners were rated between 124 and 133, so REPETITIO draws the attention of a figure of 130. The hard-fought triumph of the selection last time at the expense of Oakley and Never Adapt – a smooth triple winner at her next start in Kempton – was achieved on the New Course, but Nigel Hawke’s juvenile also has experience with the Old Hurdles Path thanks to his highly creditable display behind Allmankind last November.

That race went incredibly well with the winner in a Chepstow Grade 1, while second Botox Has, fifth place Nordano and Mick Pastor (sixth) have also won well since.

Seven of the last 15 winners of the Fred Winter had run into older horses, as Repetitio managed to do last time and he had to give a good account at a decent price.

There are a large number of rivals who have attracted attention in qualifying for this race, such as Mick Pastor and Aramax being hugely respected, while Tronador was driven with a view to obtaining a workable handicap sign at Navan in January and is undoubtedly better than him has been shown so far.

SELECTION: REPETITIO 14-1

DANGER: TRONADOR 8-1

WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER

5.30: GRADE ONE – 2 MILES 87 yards

The ante-post market for this event was dominated by Appreciate It, which strengthened its hold on the second day final with a smooth and emphatic victory at the Dublin Racing Festival.

Winner over two and a half miles in Leopardstown, this endurance test will not be a problem for the market leader representing connections that have dominated this race in recent years, although not always with a horse at the head of the market.

With that in mind, it might be worth taking a chance with THE GLOSSY QUEEN who ran in the race 12 months ago and finished a deserving fifth, despite having some difficulty running. The selection continued with emphasis on claiming a similar event in Aintree, which operated well on the deep ground that day. Julies Stowaway is one that could surpass the price when he got stuck to land a Navan bumper in deep ground last time.

SELECTION: THE GLOSSY QUEEN (NAP) 16-1

DANGER: JULIES STOWAWAY 33-1

PETER SCUDAMORE – EIGHT-TIME CHAMPION JOCKEY

SELECTIONS

1.30 ENVOI ALL 4-6

2.10. MINELLA INDO 3-1

2.50 ALFA MIX 9-1

3.30 DEFI DE SEUIL11-10

4.10 TIGER ROLL 5-6

4.50 MICK PASTOR 8-1

5.30 ESKYLANE (new) 18-1

It is hard to find cracks in the armor of ENVOI ALLEN, favorite for the Ballymore Novices obstacle. I expect him to justify his label as one of the Irish bankers of the meeting.

He is undefeated and trainer Gordon Elliott chose this race instead of the obstacle of yesterday’s Supreme Novices, convinced he has the stamina for this longer race.

Many gamblers will lose if he is defeated.

MINELLA INDO was a starting obstacle winner during last year’s three-mile meeting. He remains good and last year defeated two Irish raider Allaho.

He gets the mood with slight concern about Champ jumping, especially as his trainer Nicky Henderson has not been able to bump into him again since his heavy fall on New Year’s Day.

Altior misses the Champion Chase, but even if he had made the starting line, DEFI DU SEUIL (3.30) would have been preferred.

With Chacun Pour Soi in contrast, it seems like a potential classic encounter, but I love the way Defi Du Seuil is produced after a smooth season.

He was defeated by Chacun Pour Soi at the Punchestown Festival last May, but that was at the end of a long, exhausting season.

Peter Scudamore is a racing expert for Freebets.com

JANE MANGAN – THE IRISH VIEWS

SELECTIONS

1.30 ENVOI ALL 4-6

2.10 CAMP 3-1

2.50 BIRCHDALE 16-1

3.30 DEFI DU SEUIL 11-10

4.10 EASYSLAND 10-3

4.50 ARAMAX 7-1

5.30 VALUE IT 2-1

TIGER ROLL, the double Grand National winner who goes for his third consecutive victory in the Cross Country Chase, is the horse of the people.

He will have a short price and everyone in Ireland will have his shillings on him. But this is not a foregone conclusion and EASYSLAND is a formidable opponent.

The French runner has won his last six races, including a race win in December. He is a young horse specially trained for this race, while Tiger Roll is prepared with next month at Aintree also in mind when he will try to win a third Grand National.

Irish horses have won 20 of the 27 Festival Bumper runnings and I expect it will be 21 after APPRECIATE IT trainer Willie Mullins gives his 10th winner in the race. I also love Queens Brook.

I’m probably the only person in Ireland who is against Chacun Pour Soi in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. He is a weak finisher and I see DEFI DU SEUIL as the new champion. I love Dynamite Dollars as an option for every way.

I think that ENVOI ALLEN is at a different level than we have seen for a long time and the striking Irish novice during the meeting.

Jane is an expert on Racing TV – the only place to watch every festival race, live and uninterrupted. Go to racingtv.com or call 0844 472 5566.

KEN PITTERSON – NO. 1 HORSE GUARD FROM BRITAIN

KEN PITTERSON spends his working life on the circuit and looks at horses. Here he gives his opinion on day two …

CHACUN POUR SOI (3.30) announced himself on the big stage of last season’s Punchestown festival when he defeated Defi Du Seuil and I saw him make his season debut during Leopardstown’s Christmas when he needed the run.

He still didn’t look 100% fit when he beat Stablemate Min at the Dublin Festival last month. He is a great jumper and that will be crucial in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

I saw ENVOI ALLEN (1.30) make his debut under rules at Fairyhouse in December 2018 and he looked like a class act. He has not stopped improving.

His most important qualities are that he has both pace and endurance. It takes a very good horse to beat him. His biggest rival is THE BIG BREAKAWAY, one of the most beautiful horses I have seen the entire season. He is still a work in progress and is open to a fair amount of improvement.

I was pleased with the implementation of APPRECIATE IT (5.30) when he was successful at the Dublin Festival. He beat seven previous winners and is without a doubt the best Bumper horse I have seen this year. He will be hard to beat in the closing Festival Bumper.

CAPTAIN HEATH (MARCUS WONDERING)

A small knee operation interrupted the campaign for double Grand National winner TIGER ROLL, but he ran a big race during his warm-up over obstacles and he can land his third Cross Country Chase and fifth Festival success.

FORMCAST (NIGEL TAYLOR)

Dame De Compagnie, trained by Nicky Henderson, was an easy winner of a competitive handicap last December. On that form she seems to have a good chance today with Barry Geraghty on board.

CAPTAIN HEATH’S SELECTIONS

1.30 ENVOI ALL 4-6

2.10 ALLAHO 4-1

2.50 VINNDICATION 11-2

3.30 DEFI DU SEUIL 11-10

4.10 TIGER ROLL 5-6 (nap)

4.50 THYME WHITE 10-1

5.30 VALUE IT 2-1

FORMCAST SELECTIONS

1.30 ENVOI ALL 4-6

2.10 CAMP 3-1

2.50 LADY THE COMPAGNIE 6-1 (nap)

3.30 CHACUN POUR SOI 6-4

4.10 TIGER ROLL 5-6

4.50 PALLADIUM 10-1 (nap)

5.30 Formcast does not assess Bumpers

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