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Mikey Fogarty's Cheltenham Day 2 Tips And Analysis

Diarmuid Nolan for Bookies.com

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Mikey Fogarty's Cheltenham Festival Day Two Tips

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Race 1 - Ballymore Novices' Hurdle - Bob Olinger

The Ballymore Hurdle to start the second day of Cheltenham is as competitive as it gets with the first three in the market of a very high calibre, but I think Bob Olinger takes a lot of beating.

Don't get me wrong, I really like Gaillard Du Mesnil but I'd worry about him settling and I think this race will really suit Bob Olinger. That run behind Ferny Hollow is the strongest piece of novice hurdle form around in my opinion and he was coming back to Ferny at the line. He has only improved since and I think he's the one here.

Watch the #Racehour Preview of the Ballymore Novices Hurdle

Race 2 - Brown Advisory Novices' Chase - Monkfish (No Bet)

This race is all one way traffic, I just can't see Monkfish beaten.

It will take an accident of some sort to beat Monkfish, he's just a dream horse. He's a very easy customer at home and is as straight-forward as they come. I saw him work last week and he's just something special.

Watch the #Racehour Preview of the Brown Advisory

Race 3 - Coral Cup - Birchdale

This is as tough a race to find a winner in as there is, but I think Birchdale can run very well for Nicky Henderson.

Last year he just couldn't land a blow, he was held up with Sayo & I, and when we tried to make our moves the bird had flown. Birchdale actually ran very well that day to finish 8th and if he can find himself a bit close than last year he should go a lot closer. He's been given a campaign to just get him here and nobody is better at having a horse in the right tune on the big day than Nicky!

Watch the #Racehour Preview of the Festival Handicap Hurdles

Race 4 - Queen Mother Champion Chase - Chacun Pour Soi

Another race on the Wednesday and another race where it's very hard to see the favourite beaten. Chacun Pour Soi should take a lot of stopping and looks a banker.

A real pity to see Altior come out as he was the only one I thought was good enough to win this. I love Chacun Pour Soi, he's a dream to ride at home, as I have a few times this year, he's just a push-button horse as he can quicken very quickly when you loosen the reins at all. He's very special and will love Cheltenham. For one at each way odds I think Cilaos Emery is coming into form now and could well run into a place, but I just can't see Chacun Pour Soi beaten!

Watch the #Racehour Preview of the Champion Chase

Race 5 - Cross Country Chase - Easysland

I love the Cross Country Chase and I loved what Easysland did in it last year. In truth, he takes a lot of stopping in this.

My heart will be screaming for Tiger Roll, like the rest of the country will be, but it's hard to see him bounce back again to his very best as he needs to reach that level to beat Easysland who was awesome last year and you have to remember that he's only 7 years old too.

Watch the #Racehour Preview of the Festival Handicap Chases

Race 6 - Johnny Henderson Grand Annual - Entoucas

This is one of my favourite races of the week as the gallop is always so strong, but Entoucas is going the right way and can win this for Joseph O'Brien and Mark Walsh.

I thought he ran very well in those last two races at Fairyhouse and Leopardstown and will have learned plenty from them, particularly that fourth last time behind A Wave Of The Sea who I rate quite highly. There is plenty of chances in this, but I like him a lot.

Watch the #Racehour Preview of the Festival Handicap Chases

Race 7 - Champion Bumper - Kilcruit

This is a proper renewal of this bumper, but I think Kilcruit has a lot going for him and will win this under Paul Townend.

I don't think there is much between the top 2 in the betting, but Kilcruit has had a great preparation and is going very well at home. The fact that Paul Townend has picked him says it all and he can work his magic again like he did in this race with Ferny Hollow last season.

Watch the #Racehour Preview of the Champion Bumper

About the Author

Diarmuid Nolan for Bookies.com
Diarmuid Nolan
Diarmuid Nolan is a horse racing journalist & creator of the #racehour community on Twitter which also produces a weekly podcast during the jumps season. A passionate Leeds fan, and a keen follower of all thing’s Kerry GAA, sports, media & politics.