Paul Callaghan’s Cheltenham Festival Tips – Day 2
Paul Callaghan runs the rule over the big races Day 2 of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.
Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.
I like Bob Olinger at 4/1. He justified odds-on favouritism when bolting up in a maiden hurdle at Navan in December. He then took the Grade 1 Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle in mid-January by a little over 6 lengths.
I think he could be a very good horse.
Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase.
Another one of the Irish bankers lining up here in Monkfish. He just keeps getting better and better. His performance at Leopardstown was arguably the performance of The Dublin Racing Festival.
I can’t find any horse or reason to see him beaten and I wish you the very best of luck if you can! Current price 8/11.
Champion Chase. NON-RUNNER CASH BACK.
I think Chacun Pour Soi’s performances this season have been better than last season which include his victory in the Dublin Chase, when he beat Min by a little over 3 lengths. I hope he turns up 100% fit and healthy.
If he does, as the price reflects, barring disaster – he wins. Current price 8/11.
First Flow has been incredible and I wouldn’t put anyone off having a small each-way wager on him at 10/1.
A slight concern would be that he had a hard race at Ascot and they got racing a long way out. I hope that hasn’t left its mark.
Kilcruit turned the bumper at Leopardstown on the Saturday of The Dublin Racing Festival into an absolute procession.
I think Patrick Mullins’ face said all we needed to know, when pulling up after they crossed the line.
He was second on racecourse debut at Clonmel but was all at sea when coming off the bridle, changing leads and appearing to favour the far rail in the closing stages.
He was impressive when scoring at Navan in December and the third in that race, won a bumper at Leopardstown over the Christmas period.
Another Willie Mullins and Irish banker? Current price 11/8.
*Prices correct at time of publication