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"Bob Olinger is the most taking horse to look at and clearly has the ability to match his physique. He is every inch a chaser and he'll surely be back for a novice chase at next year's Festival, perhaps even in the Brown Advisory."
Welcome to Day 2 of our Cheltenham live blog, your home for all the latest from the Betfair markets, our tipsters and ambassadors.
A sleepless night for Betfair punter...
And that's a wrap for Day 2. We couldn't go without a mention of the Betfair punter who stands to win over £500,000 if Envoi Allen wins tomorrow. We've offered him a Cash Out of £275,000. To Cash Out or Not Cash Out?
Barry Orr said: "The customer is sitting on over half a million pound payout for just a £5 bet and told me he won't be able to sleep tonight.
"I'd say that's a massive understatement!"
A Betfair punter is waiting on Envoi Allen tomorrow for £511,225!? Betfair (@Betfair) March 17, 2021
Golden Horde - Commonwealth Cup 12/1
Hello Youmzain - Diamond Jubilee 10/1
Shishkin - Arkle 4/1
Bob Olinger - Ballymore 25/1
❓ Envoi Allen - Marsh Novices' Chase 9/2pic.twitter.com/sMBHh3SfgQ
Winner: Sir Gerhard
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 3.7511/4
Antepost High of Winner: 8.88/1
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Sir Gerhard 3.55/2 Kilcruit 1.774/5
Sir Gerhard makes all under another great ride from Rachael Blackmore, after getting an uncontested lead she judged the pace to perfection and got home ahead of the longtime favourite Kilcruit who was closing with every stride but ran out of time.
Winner: Sky Pirate
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 20.019/1 14/1
Antepost High of Winner: 26.025/1
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Sky Pirate 19.018/1 Entoucas 1.251/4 Not That Fuisse 3.052/1 On The Slopes 3.02/1
Sky Pirate stays on gamely to hold off the late challenge from Entoucas who made an error two out which may have been the difference. The winner was confirmed in a photo finish with the winning distance a short head.
Two to back for Tony
Tony Calvin has been in stunning form so far and has two to back here - Us And Them and Glen Forsa - read why he is backing the pair here.
David Cleary on day two and a bet for day three
Just as it had on the opening day, the principal event of day two of the Cheltenham Festival went to a Henry de Bromhead-trained mare. But while Honeysuckle had romped away with the Champion Hurdle, Put The Kettle On had to work really hard to land the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Virtually the whole field had a chance turning for home, but the favourite Chacun Pour Soi had moved smoothly to a narrow lead.
Put The Kettle On, thereabouts all the way was still in the firing line, with Greaneteen and Nube Negre travelling smoothly close by. Chacun Pour Soi didn't find much and Put The Kettle On went to the front on the run-in, holding the late thrust of Nube Negra by half a length. This wasn't by any means a vintage Champion Chase in form terms, the field in too much of a heap at the finish, but it was one of the most exciting races of the week so far.
WHAT. A. RACE.? Racing TV (@RacingTV) March 17, 2021
Put The Kettle on is a dual #CheltenhamFestival winner
Arkle Chase@AidanColeman guides this marvellous mare to glory in the two-mile chasing championship for @HenrydeBromhead pic.twitter.com/alJCoG9Bju
The second day also started just as the first had, with the opening novice hurdle and novice chase won in convincing fashion by the favourites. Monkfish wasn't foot perfect and had to survive a mistake at the last in landing short odds in the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase. However, he had the race in safe keeping by then and just needed keeping up to his work. In terms of performance, Monkfish didn't need to run to the level he had at Leopardstown last time.
Bob Olinger was much more impressive in scoring in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle. This was a strong field on looks and form and the result should be viewed positively.
Bob Olinger is the most taking horse to look at and clearly has the ability to match his physique. He is every inch a chaser and he'll surely be back for a novice chase at next year's Festival, perhaps even in the Brown Advisory.
The big handicap on the card, the Coral Cup, saw a wide-margin win for another Irish-trained runner Heaven Help Us, which might well be the cry of the British trainers at the meeting so far. Irish-trained runners dominate the betting for tomorrow's features as well, where A Wave of The Sea makes appeal for the Paddy Power Plate. He won a similar race at Leopardstown last time. He's still on a good mark, will benefit from going back up in trip and has form on the sort of ground he faces here.
Cross Country Chase
Winner: Tiger Roll
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 7.58 9/2
Antepost High of Winner: 16.015/1
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Tiger Roll 8.27/1 Easysland 1.768/11
Comments: Tiger Roll turns back the clock and puts in an imperious display to run out an easy winner of the Cross Country Chase under Keith Donoghue. Looking as good as ever Tiger Roll hit the front on the final circuit and never looked back as the field began to diminish one by one. The Gamble of the race Balko Des Flos unseated midway through the race.
Winner: Put The Kettle On
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 12.2
Antepost High of Winner: 5049/1
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Chacan Pour Soi 1.152/13 Nube Negra 1.728/11 Put The Kettle On 30.029/1
A thrilling renewal of the Champion Chase and the mare Put The Kettle On battled gamely to go past big race favourite Chacan Pour Soi in the final 50 yards and held off the late challenge from Nube Negra to win again at the festival.
Tony can't stop collecting...
Both of Tony's each-way selections placed there in the Coral Cup, Janika tipped up at 29.028/1 and Birchdale 19.018/1.
He has one more bet today in the Cross Country, priced at a whopping 80.079/1 - read about it here.
Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
Winner: Heaven Help Us
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 39.8 33/1
Antepost High of Winner: 6059/1
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Heaven Help Us 80.079/1 Blue Sari 2.01/1
Heaven Help Us makes nearly every yard to put in a commanding performance in the Coral Cup. A late fall from Blue Sari meant the race was over after the last as Heaven Help Us bounded up the hill to win by a wide margin.
Seven places on the Coral Cup
Our traders have pushed the boat out for the Coral Cup so worth looking at some bigger prices here. Find out which two Tony Calvin is backing before the off...
Brown Advisory Novice Chase
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 1.251/4 1/4
Antepost High of Winner: 17.5
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Monkfish 1.564/7 Big Breakaway 3.185/40 Fiddlerontheroof 3.02/1
Monkfish wins going away after giving favourite backers a scare at the last. Ridden confidently under Paul Townend Monkfish always looked to be travelling best and was well able to see out the stiff finish up the hill to put the race to bed while the field struggled.
:trophy: Monkfish wins the Brown Advisory Novice Chase.? Betfair Racing (@BetfairRacing) March 17, 2021
:chart_with_upwards_trend: BSP of 1.25, but touched 1.56 in-running.
:question: What did you make of that performance? #CheltenhamWithBetfairpic.twitter.com/d86MBWM8rE
Banker of the week?
Monkfish getting even shorter as race time approaches, into 1.282/7 on the Exchange. Are you a backer or a layer at that price?
Winner: Bob Olinger
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 2.6413/8 & 2.56/4
Antepost High of Winner: 3433/1
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Bob Olinger 4.03/1 Gaillard Du Mensil 2.942/1
A taking performance from Bob Olinger who pulled clear for an emphatic victory after a slight mistake 3 out. Confidently ridden Bob Olinger put the race to bed after moving up sides long time leader Bravemansgame on the turn in and some slick jumping on the run in meant he ran out an easy winner.
And we're off
Just a few minutes until the Ballymore so let's take a look at the latest prices. Remember, you can get Exchange & Sportsbook prices all in one place on our Cheltenham Hub, along with live video coverage.
Today's best bets
There's still plenty of time to place your bets for Ladies Day. Whether you're looking at singles, doubles or more, we've got you covered.
Read our Day 2 Cheat Sheet here for today's best bets.
Darby has Coral Cup chance
Olly Murphy sends three horses out today, including Thomas Darby in the 14:30 Coral Cup.
Murphy says: "Thomas Darby is in great form, albeit he has top-weight to carry. I've fitted him with cheekpieces for the first time and I think a strongly-run race will suit him well. I'm really looking forward to running him and fingers crossed with a bit of luck in-running he can go well."
Read about his other two runners here.
Nicholls keen on Bravemansgame
We're just an hour away from day two's proceedings, opening up with a very exciting looking Ballymore Hurdle.
Our Betfair ambassador Paul Nicholls believes Bravesmangame is his best chance of the week. Read his thoughts here about all of his runners this afternoon.
Rhys Williams taking on Easysland
Away from the main races today, our racing tipster Rhys Williams is taking on heavy favourite Easysland in the 15:40 Cross Country.
Read all about his 23.022/1 selection here.
Day 2 Cheat Sheet
As always we've got every angle covered for Cheltenham here on Betting.Betfair, from TC's big price tips and Kevin Blake's each-way selections to lays of the day from Patrick Weaver and Timeform's race-by-race analysis.
'Could you put all of it in one handy article and a nice graphic?' I hear you cry. Seeing as you asked nicely, here it is. The article also includes our Daily Double and insight from Paul Nicholls.
TC on fire
Another day with a few short-priced favourites, so acca punters might well be in clover, but there's always value to be found at the Festival and Tony Calvin is the man for a bigger price. He landed no fewer than four winners yesterday, so don't miss out on his Day 2 tips here.
You can also get Tony's thoughts on the Racing...Only Bettor Day 2 podcast as our man joined Kevin Blake, Dan Barber and Hugh Cahill to discuss the best bets. Listen here
Latest from the markets
As in now customary (well, since yesterday), let's kick off with an market update from Barry Orr.
"In the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at 13:20, the undefeated Bear Ghylls has attracted plenty of support and is now 9/1 from 16/1 to give Somerset trainer, Nicky Martin a Festival winner.
"The Willie Mullins juggernaut rolls on with Monkfish in the 13:55 and Chacun Pour Soi in the feature, Queen Mother Champion Chase, both short priced favourites and being doubled up by punters at combined odds of 11/8.
"Plenty of punters are making it a treble with the third short priced favourite of the day, Easysland in the Cross-Country. The treble is currently paying 7/2 and it would be a bad day for the bookies should all three win."
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