Through The Card: The Timeform view on every race on day two of the Festival
Timeform run through the card at Cheltenham on Day Two of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival...
"...he was rated much higher than this in his prime and is bidding for a second success at the Festival, having also won the Martin Pipe in 2015...
Timeform on Killultagh Vic
13:30 - BREWIN'UPASTORM (4) was in the process of showing much improved form when falling at the last in a Grade 2 here in January, narrowly ahead and going marginally better than the winner at the time (likely to have won). Described by Olly Murphy as the best horse in his yard - the same yard that sent out the second and third in yesterday's Supreme Novices' Hurdle - he remains open to more improvement after only three starts over hurdles and could be the way to go, at the prices, with every hope that he can reverse the earlier Newbury form with Champ (still looked rough around the edges on that occasion).
14:10 - SANTINI (8) looked in need of a stiffer test when third on his most recent outing in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton, outpaced by the front two after four out, before staying on strongly on the run-in to be beaten only three and a half lengths. A horse who usually responds generously to pressure, the demands of this contest are much more likely to play to his strengths - he has long looked an ideal sort for the RSA - and his price has drifted enough in recent days to make him of definite interest, for all that he has endured a less than ideal preparation (missed final prep race before minor injury scare last week).
14:50 - KILLULTAGH VIC (6) has failed to convince with his jumping over fences of late, but he posted a good effort in this sphere when third on his penultimate outing in the Boyne Hurdle at Gowran and could prove the pick of his trainer's six runners here, now reverting to handicapping from a potentially lenient mark. Indeed, he was rated much higher than this in his prime and is bidding for a second success at the Festival, having also won the Martin Pipe in 2015. He is joined in the Placepot by BRIO CONTI (13), who has a very similar profile to last year's runner-up Topofthegame. Paul Nicholls' charge came on plenty for his return when winning a handicap in good style at Ascot last time and a subsequent 5 lb rise looks workable, with the prospect of even more to come.
15:30 - ALTIOR (1) is a short-priced favourite for the Champion Chase and it isn't difficult to see why. Unbeaten in 17 starts over obstacles, he has been in irresistible form this season, winning his three starts by a total of 30 lengths, and rates by far the most solid proposition with the Placepot in mind for obvious reasons. Indeed, he is 8 lb clear of the field on Timeform ratings with a 'small p' attached to his rating, meaning that he could yet prove capable of better still.
16:10 - AUVERGNAT (3) was admittedly well beaten by Tiger Roll when fourth in this race 12 months ago, but he arrives here in better form than he did then, having posted a career-best effort to win the valuable Paddy Power Chase when last seen at Leopardstown over Christmas. Also a prolific operator in this sphere - he has run plenty of good races at this venue, as well as winning banks events at Punchestown - that form identifies him as the biggest danger to Tiger Roll here (2 lb clear of all bar that rival on weight-adjusted ratings), and he could be worth chancing in the Placepot for a trainer who has no peers in this discipline.
16:50 - FANFAN DU SEUIL (8) went like the best horse at the weights when second on his most recent outing here, nursed to the front after the last, but then faltering and overhauled late on, with the foul conditions possibly playing their part in his defeat. Starting out in handicaps from a BHA mark of 136, that form sets the standard on weight-adjusted ratings here, and with the prospect of more to come after only three starts over hurdles in Britain, Fanfan du Seuil could be worth chancing for the Tom George yard that continues in good heart (56.5% of horses running to form). LETHAL STEPS (17) is another to consider for Placepot purposes; he was useful on the Flat and should be seen to better effect here than when only third over two and a half miles at Punchestown last time (travelled strongly to three out), with an opening mark of 131 likely to prove well within his range.
17:30 - ENVOI ALLEN (3) has won each of his three starts to date, completing a hat-trick when winning a Grade 2 at Leopardstown in eye-catching fashion last-time-out. He's impressed with the professionalism he's shown so far, and will be very difficult to beat with more improvement to come for his powerful connections in the finale.
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13:30 - 4
14:10 - 8
14:50 - 6, 13
15:30 - 1
16:10 - 3
16:50 - 8, 17