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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 05:15 - Mar 11 with 2458 viewsThe_Romford_Blue

Oh Benie! Two years in a row how you’ve hurt me! Honeysuckle’s peach of a ride from Rachael Blackmore proved decisive as the race turned into a sprint to stop superstar mare Benie exacting her revenge in the race she infamously fell in last year. With three seconds in the opening five races, I did begin to wonder if the week would start on a sour note with a horrific Tuesday. However, not long after wondering what an earth Robbie Power and Paul Townsend were doing on the Mullins mares, Imperial Aura popped up to get me off the mark. When the brilliant Jamie Codd managed to get Ravenhill up the hill, the day somehow went from a shambles into more than adequate on the betting front. How funny how things can change so quickly in the world of gambling. On to day two where it looks like being a very punter friendly card with the perfect betting opportunities combined with some fantastic racing.

1:30 – Ballymore Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)
Day two kicks off with the Irish banker ENVOI ALLEN (4/6) the obvious one to beat. He won last year’s Champion Bumper and is unbeaten across all forms. His form in his bumper year was franked frequently with his hurdles form top notch. It is safe to assume that he is a bit special. I am fortunate enough to be on for a decent amount at 10/1 from many months ago and I can do no more but hope. He might just be a good thing. His main dangers come from this side of the Irish sea in unbeaten improvers Sporting John and The Big Breakaway. The former was imperious last time at Ascot whilst the latter has always been held in high regard by the Tizzards. The Big Getaway has talent but has lacked the consistency of those above him in the market and Son Of Camas, Longhouse Poet and Easywork all come here on the back of defeats last time. Can Envoi get the punters off to a flyer in the opener?

2:10 – RSA Novices Chase (Grade 1)
Frankly, I can’t help but feel I have this race by the proverbials antepost! Of my five antepost horses in my portfolio on the race (many of which are free bets), they range from favourite to fifth favourite. It is arguably the best position of the week with some huge prices including Champ at 10s, COPPERHEAD (9/2) at 7s and Battleoverdoyen at 37/1. Providing there is no upset here, it should be an excellent race for me. Ignoring my own bets, I would fancy Copperhead most here. He’s improved with every start this season and this galloping test should suit Colin Tizzard’s exuberant jumper. Allaho rarely runs a bad race and is popular in the Mullins camp with this in mind and should put up a bold display. Champ has been favourite for this all season but fell last time and his jumping frailties will be tested here whilst Battleoverdoyen seemingly hated Cheltenham’s undulations in the Ballymore last year. Minella Indo represents Henry De Bromhead and bids for back to back festival wins after his excellent win in the Albert Bartlett last season ahead of Allaho. However, his runs this season have seemed somewhat laboured though and I’d be happy to take him on at his current price. Slate House isn’t out of place as a Grade 1 winner on Boxing Day whilst Easy Game deserves to take his place in the lineup after pushing the brilliant Faugheen all the way at the Dublin Festival. Pym has good form this season in patches but jumped poorly last time behind Copperhead and will need to improve on that to feature. Aye Right and Castlebawn West complete the lineup as the outsiders in a vintage renewal of the RSA.

2:50 – Coral Cup
Traditionally the hardest puzzle of the week now with the 26 runner cavalry charge something for punters to get their teeth into. I’ve gone through the race tonight with the extra places on offer for each way betting purposes and I’m hopeful that I’ve solved it. I’ve had three bets and a saver on the favourite. The first of my three and my strongest fancy is BLACK TEARS (18/1 E/W) who has Cheltenham handicap specialist Davy Russell doing the steering and has some nice snippets of form behind classy mares such as Stormy Ireland, Honeysuckle and Elfile. As an each way proposition, I would actually make her one of the best bets of the entire day at that price and with that many places available. Another I like for this is the newly-owned ALFA MIX (10/1 E/W) who ran top weight Kilfenora close last tie with the pair 18 lengths clear of the third at Navan. He should be spot on for this and can go well. Lastly, I cannot let TRAFFIC FLUIDE (28/1 E/W) go off at that price even if this is potentially just a Grand National prep run. He would’ve won a grade 2 over fences had he not fell at the last on his latest start and even though this is his first hurdle start in three years, I am hopeful for a decent run. He will relish the hill and could run on for a place. He is said to be working well. Willie Mullins trains seven in the race with Franco De Port the choice of Paul Townend despite Canardier travelling through the race like the winner last year only to find little when asked. Protektorat looks made for this race whilst the market leader Dame De Compagnie will need to overcome a record of just one winner in ten years under 12/1 and no winning favourite for 16 years which highlights the openness of the race every year and the need for luck in running. She is up 8lb but is classy and deservedly heads the market. Stratum and Cracking Smart are the best of the rest.

3:30 – Champion Chase (Grade 1)
The absence of Altior means just six go to post for the 2020 Champion Chase with it set to be a head to head between Chacun Pour Soi and DEFI DU SEUIL (6/5). The former beat yard flagbearer Min last time in decisive fashion and did beat Defi last season. However, that run came after Defi had a long hard season and he’s been unbeatable since then, rattling off two Grade 1s in recent months. He swept aside the recently retired Un De Sceaux at Ascot previously and has proven himself up the hill with two festival wins to his name. Expect the tactic to be similar to his win in last year’s Marsh Chase where he stalks the leaders before being delivered late to power up the hill after the last. Whilst a Chacun win would be the ideal result for me (I took the 9/1 for this with him last April), I have had to take some 13/8 for Defi when the Altior non-runner news came through. Dynamite Dollars will improve for his run last time. Bun Doran lacks the class to challenge the principles and Politologue and Sceua Royal were second and third last year but will need more here.

4:10 – Cross Country
Dual Grand-national hero TIGER ROLL (10/11) goes in search of a festival five-timer and a hat-trick with him set to go off odds on. His versatility is astounding and he is undoubtedly the best horse in the race. Keith O’Donoghue credits the horse for saving his career and kept it simple in this last year to will easily. A repeat of that tactic will be in order but Easyslands will put up a big fight for the French. The Cross Country specialist has been unstoppable in the last year and won the trial for this over course and distance last time. He was purchased by JP McManus after that run and could give Tiger Roll a race if jumping round. He has been known to make jumping mistakes – albeit as a six-year old is a relatively young horse for this discipline and will learn from experience. Might Bite isn’t the force of old but is a fascinating entry nonetheless and similar can be said of Yanworth. Josies Orders is a standing dish in this race and could offer some each way value at a huge price. Urgent De Gregaine is consistent but has shown to be beaten by one or two whenever he runs.

4:50 – Boodles Handicap
The race formely known as the Fred Winter is the penultimate race on day two with Aramax a warm favourite for Gordon Elliott who saddles five. His best hope in the market may be Naas scorer Aramax but I believe that TRONADOR (9/1 E/W) has the best profile for this tough handicap. He is a strong stayer who should relish the stiff finish. Mick Pastor is two from three but can be keen whilst Palladium has gone up 13lb for beating an older rival. Repetitio is consistent but may bump into one better handicapped such as SAINT D’OROUX (20/1 E/W) who bolted in by 24 lengths last time. His performance that day gave the impression there was more to come and he can outrun his odds at a nice price.

5:30 – Champion Bumper
A weak looking renewal of the Champion Bumper now with plenty of them being beaten already which is rare for a race with tendency to have unbeaten runners taking each other on. Jamie Codd rides Queens Brook which is sure to be popular after Ravenhill’s win for that trainer and jockey combination. Panic Attack was bought after winning impressively at Market Rasen on debut but this is a completely different scenario. Ferny Hollow looks like a chaser and can be taken on. Selection instead goes for APPRECIATE IT (15/8) who looked special last time. His price is short for this race but it looks weaker than usual so is understandable in the market for a trainer who has a great record in it. At a price, THE GLANCING QUEEN (20/1 E/W) returns here after finishing fifth last season in this contest. She hasn’t run in a while though but at 20/1, it was just about big enough to tempt me in for an each way flier.

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 09:28 - Mar 11 with 1880 viewsTRUE_BLUE123

Put on wrong thread, copy and paste to here

Day 1 did not go well, so we pick ourselves up and go again for Day 2. These are the picks

1:30 Envoi Allen
2.10 Minella Indo
2.50 The Mighty Don
3.30 Defi Du Seuil
4.10-Tiger Roll the obvious winner but I will have a pop on MightBite I think
4.50 Zoffe
5.30 Appreciate it

Just want to make a little bit back today

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 09:29 - Mar 11 with 1881 viewsColchesterBlue1985

Excellent write up, my selections:-

1:30 Envoi Allen

2:10 Copperhead

2:50 Franko De Port

3:30 Chacun Pour Soi

4:10 tiger roll

4:50 Palladium

5:30 Appreciate It
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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 09:49 - Mar 11 with 1844 viewsIpswichKnight

Thanks Rommy, always look forward to this good luck to everyone!
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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 12:58 - Mar 11 with 1665 viewsRadlett_blue

Now just 5 runners in the 2 mile Champion Chase. Not exactly a mouth watering prospect.
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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 14:10 - Mar 11 with 1570 viewsRyorry

Afternoon, cheers for the ace write-up Rommy, & g'l all - I've gone with

Day 2 Chelts
2.10 ALLAHO 7/2 (1/5)
2.50 DAME DE CAMPAGNE 9/2 (1/4 x 5)
3.30 DYNAMITE DOLLARS 7/1 (1/4 x 2)

all 0.5pt e/w b365

£1 Jackpot -
ENVOI ALLEN, MINELLA INDO, DAME DE CAMPAGNE, DYNAMITE DOLLARS, TIGER ROLL, NIGHT EDITION

Will be picking e/ws for the 4.10 & 4.50 shortly

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 15:15 - Mar 11 with 1477 viewsTRUE_BLUE123

What a run from Champ btw. Unreal

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 15:19 - Mar 11 with 1470 viewsJ2BLUE

Cheers Rommers, good stuff.

I put my Ladbrokes £1 free bet on:

Champ (won)
Defi Du Seuil
Tiger Roll
Palladium

77/1

If it gets to Palladium I might set a lay on Betfair for 3.0 which would make £25 guaranteed if matched. Decent return on £1 free bet if I could get that matched.

Other result in 3:30 would be Sceau Royal drifting a lot and then winning/

GL all.

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 16:12 - Mar 11 with 1389 viewsTRUE_BLUE123

Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 15:19 - Mar 11 by J2BLUE

Cheers Rommers, good stuff.

I put my Ladbrokes £1 free bet on:

Champ (won)
Defi Du Seuil
Tiger Roll
Palladium

77/1

If it gets to Palladium I might set a lay on Betfair for 3.0 which would make £25 guaranteed if matched. Decent return on £1 free bet if I could get that matched.

Other result in 3:30 would be Sceau Royal drifting a lot and then winning/

GL all.


Hugely disappointing from Defi Du Seuil Today. Lost me a wee bit.

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 16:14 - Mar 11 with 1387 viewsRyorry

Well done guys with Envoi & Champ 👍

Mine gave 5/1 winner in the 2.50 & 2 placers in the other two, so happy enough.

Sitting out the X-country, too open, price too short on Easyslands for me & doesn't fit profile for race. But gone for the 4.50 with

4.50 NIGHT EDITION 12/1 (1/4 x 5 b365)
0.5pt e/w

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 16:55 - Mar 11 with 1327 viewsStadiumofdark

Thursday cancelled? Typical - only day I was going!
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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 16:57 - Mar 11 with 1316 viewsJ2BLUE

Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 16:55 - Mar 11 by Stadiumofdark

Thursday cancelled? Typical - only day I was going!


Are you joking?

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 17:05 - Mar 11 with 1292 viewsStadiumofdark

Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 16:57 - Mar 11 by J2BLUE

Are you joking?


I'm not joking.... but I'm confused.

I was heading down tonight, for a day there tomorrow, but have received a text to say "Cheltenham cancelled do not travel", will update later.

Not the kind of bloke to mess around (he's an owner) - so not sure what's happening. Whether the whole thing is cancelled, or just my day there?!

Added - think it's just the latter. The owner (Irish) is cancelling the next two days hospitality. Gutted
[Post edited 11 Mar 17:08]
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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 17:13 - Mar 11 with 1270 viewsRyorry

Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 17:05 - Mar 11 by Stadiumofdark

I'm not joking.... but I'm confused.

I was heading down tonight, for a day there tomorrow, but have received a text to say "Cheltenham cancelled do not travel", will update later.

Not the kind of bloke to mess around (he's an owner) - so not sure what's happening. Whether the whole thing is cancelled, or just my day there?!

Added - think it's just the latter. The owner (Irish) is cancelling the next two days hospitality. Gutted
[Post edited 11 Mar 17:08]


There are tips & comments on Twitter still coming in for Chelts tomorrow, including most recent just 1 min ago, so just your owner friend methinks. Sorry to you anyway :(

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 17:16 - Mar 11 with 1257 viewsRyorry

Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 16:14 - Mar 11 by Ryorry

Well done guys with Envoi & Champ 👍

Mine gave 5/1 winner in the 2.50 & 2 placers in the other two, so happy enough.

Sitting out the X-country, too open, price too short on Easyslands for me & doesn't fit profile for race. But gone for the 4.50 with

4.50 NIGHT EDITION 12/1 (1/4 x 5 b365)
0.5pt e/w


Night Editon drifted to 16/1 & came a close 2nd, so am well happy. Woulda been even happier if there'd been a placepot for Chelts today instead of jackpot, as I got placers in all 6 races!

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 17:17 - Mar 11 with 1254 viewsJ2BLUE

Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 17:05 - Mar 11 by Stadiumofdark

I'm not joking.... but I'm confused.

I was heading down tonight, for a day there tomorrow, but have received a text to say "Cheltenham cancelled do not travel", will update later.

Not the kind of bloke to mess around (he's an owner) - so not sure what's happening. Whether the whole thing is cancelled, or just my day there?!

Added - think it's just the latter. The owner (Irish) is cancelling the next two days hospitality. Gutted
[Post edited 11 Mar 17:08]


Sorry to hear that.

One of the benefits of 24 hour rolling news is things like that break pretty quickly so I knew it was on

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 17:18 - Mar 11 with 1250 viewsJ2BLUE

Anyone with a PP account click here and claim a £5 free bet on their sponsored race tomorrow:

https://promos.paddypower.com/promotion?promoCode=CHESTAYERSP1

Be quick, limited time only although they don't say how long.

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 17:19 - Mar 11 with 1243 viewsStadiumofdark

Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 17:13 - Mar 11 by Ryorry

There are tips & comments on Twitter still coming in for Chelts tomorrow, including most recent just 1 min ago, so just your owner friend methinks. Sorry to you anyway :(


yep, just me. Typical.

Been looking forward to it for ages. It seems the rest of the group were flying in from Ireland, and now aren't bothering,
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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 17:34 - Mar 11 with 1207 viewsRyorry

Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 17:18 - Mar 11 by J2BLUE

Anyone with a PP account click here and claim a £5 free bet on their sponsored race tomorrow:

https://promos.paddypower.com/promotion?promoCode=CHESTAYERSP1

Be quick, limited time only although they don't say how long.


I don't (thanks anyway!) but just wanted to ask about that 7 places on WH offer, as I couldn't find anything. Is it on a special section of the site?

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 17:35 - Mar 11 with 1204 viewsRadlett_blue

Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 16:12 - Mar 11 by TRUE_BLUE123

Hugely disappointing from Defi Du Seuil Today. Lost me a wee bit.


I don't bet odds-on & didn't have a bet in that race, but he didn't run his race today & looked in trouble a long way out so something clearly was amiss as the opposition wasn't strong. I suppose we'll eventually be told, which isn't much consolation for backers.
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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 17:40 - Mar 11 with 1194 viewsJ2BLUE

Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 17:34 - Mar 11 by Ryorry

I don't (thanks anyway!) but just wanted to ask about that 7 places on WH offer, as I couldn't find anything. Is it on a special section of the site?


It was just the first race yesterday unfortunately.

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 19:32 - Mar 11 with 1081 viewsThe_Romford_Blue

What a day. Envoi at 10s and Champ at 10s and suddenly I’m a grand up after two races.

Brilliant. On way back to our hotel tonight for some food in the restaurant and then I’ll start with tomorrow’s write up.

As you can imagine.. we’re in a party mood right now and have been bang on it all day since the first two winners.

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 19:34 - Mar 11 with 1073 viewsRadlett_blue

Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 19:32 - Mar 11 by The_Romford_Blue

What a day. Envoi at 10s and Champ at 10s and suddenly I’m a grand up after two races.

Brilliant. On way back to our hotel tonight for some food in the restaurant and then I’ll start with tomorrow’s write up.

As you can imagine.. we’re in a party mood right now and have been bang on it all day since the first two winners.


At what stage of the race did you think Champ was going to win? His "in running" price hit 700-1 at one time!
[Post edited 11 Mar 19:41]
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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 21:21 - Mar 11 with 947 viewsTRUE_BLUE123

Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 19:32 - Mar 11 by The_Romford_Blue

What a day. Envoi at 10s and Champ at 10s and suddenly I’m a grand up after two races.

Brilliant. On way back to our hotel tonight for some food in the restaurant and then I’ll start with tomorrow’s write up.

As you can imagine.. we’re in a party mood right now and have been bang on it all day since the first two winners.


Class that Rommy. I somehow managed to lose money, although I dint follow your write up as close as I did yesterday so thats probably where I have gone wrong.

Oh well, we go again tomorrow

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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 22:44 - Mar 11 with 862 viewslondontractorboy57

Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 19:32 - Mar 11 by The_Romford_Blue

What a day. Envoi at 10s and Champ at 10s and suddenly I’m a grand up after two races.

Brilliant. On way back to our hotel tonight for some food in the restaurant and then I’ll start with tomorrow’s write up.

As you can imagine.. we’re in a party mood right now and have been bang on it all day since the first two winners.


You dont mention anything about a bet on champ in your article!Your all over copperhead.
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Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 22:46 - Mar 11 with 859 viewslondontractorboy57

Romford's racing preview - Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2 on 17:16 - Mar 11 by Ryorry

Night Editon drifted to 16/1 & came a close 2nd, so am well happy. Woulda been even happier if there'd been a placepot for Chelts today instead of jackpot, as I got placers in all 6 races!


Placepot paid £352.00 at Cheltenham.
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