Cheltenham Live Blog: Tips, market movers, news and fast results for Day 2

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After a fascinating Tuesday at Prestbury Park we're back for Ladies' Day and we'll be across all the market movers and race results throughout here on our rolling blog...

17:45 - A 1-2 for Mullins in the Bumper

Champion Bumper
Ferny Hollow
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: BSP 14.4 ISP 11/1
Antepost High of Winner: 39/140.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Ferny Hollow 149/1150.0, Appreciate It 1/21.5, Queens Brook 11/53.2

Comments: Ferny Hollow gets Willie Mullins and Paul Townend off the mark for this year's festival, deliberately dropped out at the beginning Ferny Hollow was given a patient ride and produced late to join the strong travelling Appreciate It and win in decisive fashion.

17:01 - Another winner for JP

Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Winner: Aramax
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: BSP 9.48 ISP 15/2
Antepost High of Winner: 8/19.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Aramax 17.5 Night Edition 1/21.51

Comments: Aramax runs out a ready winner of a strongly run race under Mark Walsh for Gordon Elliott, a fourth winner of the day for JP McManus. Well positioned throughout the winner held off a strong challenge from Night Edition on the run in.

16:29 - French fancy denies the Tiger

Cross Country Chase
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: BSP 4.65 ISP 3/1
Antepost High of Winner: 8/19.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Tiger Roll 4/91.43 Easysland 5/15.8

Comments: Easysland ran out a comfortable winner of the Cross Country chase under a prominent ride for French invaders David Cottin and Jonathan Plouganou. Taking the shortest route around, Easysland made for home four out and stayed on well for pressure. Fan favourite Tiger Roll was unable to land a blow and stayed on, one-paced at the finish, but Gordon Elliott declared himself very happy after the race, with a view to the National. Tiger Roll is now 17/29.6 to win the Aintree showpiece.

16:05 - It's Tiger Time

We're all hopeful he'll go for the Grand National hat-trick at Aintree next month, but first up it's the attempt a third consecutive win in the Cross Country Chase for Tiger Roll, and a fifth Festival win overall. Here's what Gordon Elliott had to say about his stable star, who is an odds-on favourite on the Exchange market.

And a little reminder of something we have coming up soon...

15:44 - Nicholls lands Champion Chase one-two

Champion Chase
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: BSP 7.6 ISP 6/1
Antepost High of Winner: 200
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Politologue 15.31 Defi Du Seuil 1.19
Comments: A small field embarked for the Champion Chase and shaped into an exhibition of jumping from Paul Nicholls' Politologue who ran the field ragged, getting them all off the bridle from three out and jumping for fun out in front to win with ease under Harry Skelton.

This is what Paul had to say about Politologue in in his Day 2 preview...

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15:25 - Drop in on Exchange Live for expert views throughout the day

Ahead of the big show, don't forget to check in with our daily live show in association with the Racing Post. Dave Orton is joined by Ross Brierley, Keith Melrose and our very own Neil Hubbard are analysing, previewing and tipping all today's action.

15:20- Nicholls' Festival starts here!

Paul Nicholls' Cheltenham campaign begins now with a pair of Champion Chase runners in Dynamite Dollars and Politologue, and the Betfair Ambassador sounds a confident note about the duo in his blog preview. Defi Du Seuil is the short-priced favourite but either of the two could reward an each-way investment. You can read what Paul has to say here.


15:03 - Fav Compagnie claims Coral Cup

Coral Cup
Dame De Compagnie
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: BSP 7.5 ISP 5/1
Antepost High of Winner: 24/125.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Dame De Compagnie 12.5 Thosedaysaregone 11/53.15 Black Tears 6/52.2

Comments: Barry Geraghty, JP Mcmanus and Nicky Henderson strike again with the well backed favourite Dame De Compagnie to land the spoils having held off what looked like a strong challenge from Black Tears. Geraghty had the winner well placed throughout and, having galvanised Dame De Compagnie before the last, produced her to perfection to win.

14:23 - Incredible Champ floors rivals on the line

RSA Chase
Winner: Champ
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: BSP 5/16.0 ISP 4/1
Antepost High of Winner: 14/115.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Champ 299/1300.0, Allaho 1/12.0, Minella Indo 1/181.06

Comments: A thrilling renewal of the RSA which saw Allaho set steady fractions for much of the race. Minella Indo and Allaho looked to have it to themselves the whole way up the straight, but their early exertions told as Champ came from the clouds to power up the straight and win decisively in an absolutely cracking finish.

14:07 - Tight at the top in the RSA

An intriguing betting heat in the RSA, with Minella Indo - Barry Orr's nap of the festival, no less - and Allaho vying for favouritism at around the 16/54.2 mark and Champ not far behind at 9/25.3. Get the latest Exchange betting here.

13:43 - Elliott starts big day with a win

Ballymore Novice Hurdle
Envoi Allen
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: BSP 8/131.61 ISP 4-7
Antepost High of Winner: 14/115.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Envoi Allen 7/24.7 The Big Getaway 1/21.51 Easywork 100/304.3
Comments: A steadily run affair that saw The Big Getaway get an easy lead, and coming down the hill it looked like Davy Russell had given the heavily-backed favourite too much to do, but turning for home he was produced to perfection to win going away with an effortless jump at the last.

13:27 - Opener Envoi Allen's to lose?

Five minutes till the off and there's been some drift on second favourite Sporting John - backed at a market low of 7/24.5, Philip Hobbs' runner is currently 7/18.0 as all the money comes for Envoi Allen, currently 4/61.65 for the win. Keep your eyes on the Exchange market here.

13:17 - Exchange Live show for Day 2

Our daily live show in association with the Racing Post is now up and running for Day 2. Dave Orton is joined by Ross Brierley, Keith Melrose and our very own Neil Hubbard to preview all today's action.

12:42 - Is Wipeout Wednesday on the cards?

We haven't even had the first race yet and today is already being dubbed Wipeout Wednesday for bookmakers, should all of the well-backed favourites go in.

Envoi Allen, 8/111.72 to back in the Ballymore at 13:30, Defi Du Seuil, 2/51.42 in the Champion Chase, Tiger Roll, 5/61.86 to defend his Cross Country crown, and Appreciate It, 2/13.0 in the Champion Bumper, are all strong and very popular favourites that will be forming part of many accumulators today.

And if the likes of Dame De Compagnie and Blacko oblige - both very well-backed in the Coral Cup and Boodles Handicap Hurdle respectively - then this indeed could be a very bad day for the bookmakers. But wiped out? No chance, we'll always come back fighting.

12:26 - On-course with Barry and Kevin

Time for today's update from Cheltenham from our own Barry Orr and racing expert Kevin Blake - who are they backing?

11:57 - Why you should lay Envoi Allen

Envoi Allen is going to be one of the hottest favourites of the Festival when he goes off in the Ballymore at 13:30,. but one of our writers is going to oppose Gordon Elliott's hotshot at odds-on in the place market. Alan Thompson is that man and you can read why he is laying the horse in our Bets of the Day column here.

And if laying is your thing, check out the best lays for Day 2 from Patrick Weaver.

Not sure about how to place a lay bet? Check out our short video...

11:27 - Goodwill refunds...

11:12 - Chacun Pour Soi out of Champion Chase

Defi Du Seuil is now heavy odds-on to win today's Champion Chase after the race suffered another drop out, following Altior's withdrawal yesterday.

11:06 - Don't miss out on our race one offer

We have our exciting race one offer once again - bet £20 on the Exchange on the Ballymore and get a free £20 Exchange bet to use on mobile for any of the other Cheltenham races todau. T&Cs apply.

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10:52 - Tiger Roll: Horse of a lifetime

Something very exciting coming soon...

10:00 - Today's tips and insight

Morning all. A big day awaits and, as always, we have plenty of expert previews. On today's edition of Small Podcasts, Big Results, host Kieran O'Connor is joined by Kevin Blake, Barry Orr and special guest, racing reporter from The Sun, Jack Keene. Listen here...

Tony Calvin returns with his in-depth look through the Day 2 card, and he has six selections.

He had a rare Cheltenham day off yesterday, but Paul Nicholls has four runners across the day today and he previews their chances here.

It promises to be a huge day for Gordon Elliott, with a whole host of big names in action including Envoi Allen and Tiger Roll. Get his exclusive thoughts here.

Olly Murphy and Joseph O'Brien also have representation today and you can read the verdict of all of our Racing Ambassadors here.

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