Altior showcases in Queen Mother on Ladies Day at Cheltenham

Altior showcases in Queen Mother on Ladies Day at Cheltenham
Altior showcases in Queen Mother on Ladies Day at Cheltenham

By Andrew Atkinson

ALTIOR is set to be the star turn on day two of the Cheltenham Festival – Ladies Day – in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.30).

Altior, successful 17 times, trained by Nicky Henderson, is a short priced odds on 4-11 favourite to land the Queen Mother. Willie Mullins trained Min, ridden by Ruby Walsh, is set for a place. *Footpad (non runner).

History beckons for the reigning Queen Mother Champion Chaser Altior, nine years old, if he successfully defends his crown, extending a three-year-plus winning streak, to a record-equalling 18 consecutive races.

Altior, ridden by Nico de Boinville, is undefeated in five hurdle-races and 12 steeplechases.

Cheltenham’s Prestbury Park racing gets underway with the Ballymore Novices hurdle (1.30) and Leader selection, Champ (3-1) trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Barry Geraghty is a leading contender, with Elliott trained Battleoverdoyen (4-1) yet to encounter soft ground, set for a place.

“Battleoverdoyen is in good form, he jumps very, very good. He might lack a little bit of experience – but I’m happy that he jumps well enough – he’s done all he can do,” said Elliott.

Brewin’upastorm (8-1) ridden by Richard Johnson is worthy of each way support which you can find at top sports betting websites.

The RSA Chase (2.10) is a big test for staying talent – with previous festival winner and selection Delta Work (9-4) the Leader’s nap tip, trained by Gordon Elliott, selected ahead of  Nicky Henderson’s Santini (3-1) and Top Of The Game. Top Ville Ben (33-1) trained by Phil Kirby and ridden by Sean Quinlan gets Leader each way support.

“Delta Work has three runs over fences under him – he doesn’t lack for experience,” said Elliott.

“Delta Work won at the Cheltenham Festival last year – and looks a very solid horse for the RSA Chase,” said Elliott.

The Coral Cup Hurdle (2.50) features Farclas (12-1) trained by Gordon Elliott; Uradel (5-1) trained by Willie Mullins,  and Vision Des Flo’s (12-1) trained by Colin Tizzard, all worthy of Leader each way support. *Old Guard and Whisky Sour (non runners).

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase (4.10) is a marathon race, won last year by Tiger Roll, who went on to win the 2018 Grand National at Aintree.

Leader selection Tiger Roll (5-4) a three times winner at Cheltenham; with French trained Urgent De Gregaine (9-1), Ultragold (10-1) trained by Colin Tizzard and ridden by Harry Cobden, Leader each way tips.

“To win at three Cheltenham Festivals and win a Grand National just shows how good a horse he is,” said Elliott.

“His enthusiasm is unbelievable – it puts a smile on your face -looking at a horse like him,” enthused Elliott.

The Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (4.50) sees Leader selection, Joseph O’Brien trained Band Of Outlaws (5-1); each way tips Naturelle (20-1) and Coko Beach (14-1) trained by Gordon Elliott, amongst the noted runners. *Friend Or Foe (non runner) Belargus (may not run).

Gordon Elliott trained selection and Leader tip Envoi Allen (3-1) is a leading contender in The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (5.30); with Willie Mullins trained Blue Sari (5-1) ridden by Barry Geraghty,  Ask For Glory (10-1) and Joseph O’Brien trained Meticulous (7-1) Leader each way  selections.

“I thought Meticulous ran very well behind Envoi Allen at the Dublin Racing Festival – he should have learned from the experience,” said O’Brien.

“We’re looking forward to him running at Cheltenham – getting decent ground would be a help to him,” said O’Brien.