Cheltenham Placepot with www.thetote.com Day Two
The second day of the festival at Cheltenham is a trickier day to win the Tote Placepot but the payouts are excellent. To win the Tote Placepot at Cheltenham you must pick a horse to be placed in each of the first six races. Last year you would have won €933.20 for a €1 bet if you had got the Placepot up. In 2010 you would have won a juicy €2,756.80. On we go with our selections with those big payouts as inspiration.
The first race is an amateur rider’s hunt chase and is tricky from a Placepot perspective. We’ll make two selections here to make sure we get through to the next leg. Allee Garde from the Willie Mullins stable is our first selection and we’ll go with an outsider in the form of Daffern Seal for Dermot Weld.
The second race is the Neptune Novices hurdle and we are going to take on the likely favourite here Simonsig with Boston Bob who is a confident selection.
The RSA chase is the third leg and Grand Crus is a very worthy favourite. This horse was going to run in the Gold Cup and is a banker in terms of our Placepot.
The highlight of the day is the Champion Chase which sees old rivals Big Zeb and Sizing Europe square up again. We’re going to side with Sizing Europe for Placepot purposes.
The fifth leg will be the making of the bet and for that reason we will select three horses for the Coral Cup. This is a great race for outsiders so we’ll include a few bigger prices horses. We’ll go with Carlito Brigante who was scintillating at Cheltenham last year. We’ll back this up with Silverhand for Noel Meade and Dare Me for Philip Hobbs.
If we’re still going in the final leg we are really in business so we’ll make two selections to give ourselves every chance. There’s nothing worse than losing a Placepot at the final leg. I’m going to take one from the top of the market, Kazilian for David Pipe, and a quirky but talented outsider in His Excellency.
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Cheltenham Tips Day Two – Wednesday
1.30 National Hunt Chase
This is a wide open amateur jockeys chase and our confident each way selection is Allee Garde from the Willie Mullins stable. He’s unexposed and the vibes have been very good. His Christmas performance behind Last Instalment should suffice here. An outsider to keep an eye on is Daffern Seal for Dermot Weld.
3 star Win Allee Garde
1 star Each-Way Daffern Seal
2.05 Neptune Novices
The 2nd race is the Neptune Novices hurdle and we are going to take on the likely favourite here Simonsig with Sous Les Cieux and Make your Mark from the Willie Mullins stable.
2 stars ew Sous Les Cieux
1 star ew Make Your Mark
Grand Crus is a very worthy favourite and the exciting grey should be followed with a max bet. He could have been rerouted to the Gold Cup but connections decided he was too young and have gone for this race instead. He is a very confident selection
5 star win Grand Crus
3.20 Champion Chase
The highlight of the day is the Champion Chase which sees old rivals Big Zeb and Sizing Europe square up again. Sizing Europe really put Big Zeb in his place last time out at Punchestown and its heard to see Big Zeb reversing that form. Sizing Europe looks a much improved horse this year.
5 star win Sizing Europe
4.00 Coral Cup
The Coral Cup is ultra competitive as always. Definitely a race for backing each way or place only. We’ll go with Carlito Brigante for Gordon Elliott who was scintillating at Cheltenham last year. We’ll back this up with Silverhand for Noel Meade who is way too big of a price at the moment. We’ll also have a couple of euros each way on Dare Me for Philip Hobbs.
1 star ew Carlito Brigante
1 star ew Silverhand
1 star ew Dare Me
4.40 Fred Winter
Alan King has been bullish about the chances of antepost favourite Vendor for this race but we are going to take him on. Kazilian is improving fast and will go well for David Pipe. The irish raider Edeymi for Tony Martin and Andy Mac is also very interesting after a very good performance at Clonmel last time out.
1 star ew Kazilian
1 star ew Edeymi
5.15 Champion Bumper
A race in which we used to clean up however the English challenge has improved markedly over the last few years. We’re going to go with Irish point to pointer Champagne Fever to wrap the day up in style!
2 stars ew Champagne Fever
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