Cheltenham Festival Day Two Tips With Jockey Robbie Power
Robbie Power believes he will add to his tally of Cheltenham winners on day two of the Festival with Saint Felicien in the Coral Cup.
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Speaking to BoyleSports directly from the track, Power picked out the likely winners on Wednesday and included his own mount in the 2.50 Handicap Hurdle, who has now moved into joint favourite at 7/1 from 8/1 in the latest betting.
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1.30 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
“Time will tell if Willie Mullins has made the right decision, but I think he has. There are only nine runners and that will make things easier for Paul Townend on Sir Gerhard.
“Journey With Me is a very good horse – he was very impressive when he won his maiden hurdle at Leopardstown beating Minella Crooner and Kilcruit, that’s very good form. If there are any worries about Sir Gerhard getting the trip, he is a big danger because he stays all day.
2.10 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase
“It’s an open looking race. Capodanno is definitely the best of the Irish chances, but he needs to step up to get to the level of form of L’Homme Presse and Bravemansgame.
“I’ve been so impressed with Bravemansgame’s jumping through the season and if I had a chance to ride a horse in this race, I’d pick him. He’s a strong stayer and he jumps well so he ticks all the boxes for a race like this.
“I do think Ahoy Senor will close the gap on him from that Kempton run as Cheltenham will suit him more, but he’ll have to turn the tables an awful lot to beat Bravemansgame in a race that I think the English will definitely win.”
2.50 Coral Cup
“It’s a huge field and very competitive, so it won’t be easy for Saint Felicien, but if he can overcome the hustle and bustle of the race, he would have a massive chance.
“It’s only his third start over hurdles in England or Ireland; he won in France. But he’ll love the ground and stepping up in trip is definitely going to suit him as well.
“If he gets a good run round, then I think he will take a bit of beating. I still think Sir Gerhard has a bit more toe and on this ground, he should be very hard to beat.”
3.30 Champion Chase
“It’s round two between Shishkin and Energumene, but don’t rule out Chacun Pour Soi – he’s a big danger if he can bring his Irish form across the Irish sea. He didn’t last year and he didn’t at Sandown in the Tingle Creek, but he’s a very talented horse.
“However, I think everything this time is a home game for Shishkin. Going left-handed, good ground and even if a bit of rain comes, I don’t think it’s going to make a huge pile of difference.
“He made a few mistakes at Ascot, but he still won and good horses just find a way to win. He did so well to get up and win the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle having got into an awful lot of trouble and I find it very hard to oppose him. Barring accidents he should win the Champion Chase.”
4.10 Cross Country Chase
“I rode Tiger Roll round here a couple of years ago on very soft ground and he didn’t like it, he just throws the toys out of the pram. But I saw him on Monday out on the course schooling over the banks and he’s a 12-year-old who looked like a 6-year-old. He’s in such good condition and his work in Leopardstown last week was very good as well.
“I hope he goes and wins his sixth race at the Cheltenham Festival, it’s been a phenomenal achievement from the Triumph Hurdle all the way up through the races and it’ll take the roof off if he wins.
“Delta Work was schooling with him and he took to the banks very well – he’s a classy horse who is a grade one winner over fences. But first-time horses over the banks have a disadvantage and it’s Tiger Roll for me as long as the ground doesn’t get too soft.”
5.30 Champion Bumper
“It’s a very competitive Bumper. I was at Navan when American Mike won and I never thought I’d see another Bumper horse like him, but then Facile Vega came out at Leopardstown and wow, it was so good. Although the form of Facile Vega’s latest win hasn’t quite worked out as the horse who finished second has been beaten since.
“Don’t rule out Redemption Day or James’s Gate, who was very impressive at Punchestown when he won. It’s a great renewal on paper, but I have a slight preference for American Mike. On what we’ve seen so far, I think Cheltenham will play to his strengths more than Facile Vega, but there’s going to be a lot of bubbles burst in the Bumper.”
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