Day 2 (Wednesday) March, 11
13:30 – Ballymore Novices Hurdle
14:10 – RSA Steeple Chase
14:50 – Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
15:30 – Queen Mother Champion Chase
16:10 – Cross Country Chase
16:50 – Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
17:30 – Weatherby’s Champion Bumper
Cheltenham Ladies Day 2020 falls on Wednesday 11 March and it’s a day of racing that is not to be missed. So that’s the when is Ladies Day at Cheltenham, lets cover absolutely everything else for you now! Known for being the most glamorous of the four-day event from Cheltenham, if you want a slice of high-class fashion with your Cheltenham day two betting, then this is the day for you.
The big race of the day is undoubtedly the Queen Mother Champion Chase, which is sure to be another brilliant run following the epic encounter in it at last year’s Cheltenham. The race itself is why the day has since been coined as ‘Ladies Day’ – similarly to the Ascot Finale Day.
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With the thrills and excitement of the opening day still very fresh in the memory, the exhilaration simply doesn’t stop as March 11th means Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day.
Wednesday brings with it another seven races, another £1million in prize money and no doubt a plethora of Cheltenham day 2 tips for punters to get stuck into with, usually by this stage, either the punters or the bookies chasing some heavy losses – hopefully the latter.
The biggest race on Wednesday is undoubtedly the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the premier two-mile event for steeplechasers in Britain and Ireland and it is backed up on the card chiefly by the RSA Chase, a novice event often featuring those who will be back in a year’s time to contest the Gold Cup itself on Friday.
We may not have the warmth of Royal Ascot in summer, but Cheltenham races Ladies Day still means top fashion and huge crowds as millions of pounds is bet both on course, in shops and online all around the world. Here’s what to expect on a fascinating second day of the biggest festival in racing.
There will be an abundance of Cheltenham day two tips for punters nearer post time, but for now here is how we line up for day two.
Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle 2020 – 13:30
Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
Date & Time: Wednesday, 11.03.2020 - 13:30
The race, and the day, start at 13.30 so there is plenty of time to start your betting on Cheltenham day 2 early!
Type: Grade 1 National Hunt Hurdle Race (2m 5f)
Cheltenham day 2 comes out of the gates with the Ballymore Novice’s Hurdle, this Grade 1 race is run over 2miles and 5 furlong by horses 4 years plus. Over that distance there are ten hurdles to navigate over the run, but, it is always a great start to get the Cheltenham 2020 day 2 card underway.
2019 – City Island
2018 – Samcro
2017 – Willoughby Court
Just as day one begins with a top novices’ hurdle for those aged four and over across two miles, Wednesday starts the same way except that the Ballymore Novices’ takes place over the longer trip of two miles, five furlongs and features ten flights of hurdles.
Once more this race is a Grade 1 event, worth £125,000, and will feature some of the best future staying hurdlers or chasers. It has been on the card since 1971 and has been taken in the past by such great names as Istabraq, Faugheen and Samcro showing that it takes a real good one to get the job done.
While he may yet go for the Champion Hurdle or Supreme Novices’ if connections think he’s good enough and/or he wants a shorter distance, the current ante post favourite is the very exciting Envoi Allen but the likes of Andy Dufresne and Thyme Hill are not far behind and all are top quality.
WHAT HAPPENED IN 2019? – BOOKMAKER FAVOURITES
J.P. McManus owned Champ is among the favourites for the Ballymore Novices Hurdle, having made his debut at Ascot back in January 2018. The seven-year-old second season novice finished as runner-up that day, although trainer Nicky Henderson chose to be patient before attempting to win over hurdles.
Champ won at both Perth and Warwick with relative ease, before winning back-to-back races at Newbury in December. Such wins included a success in the Grade 1 Challow Novices Hurdle, where he finished 2 ½ lengths clear of Getaway Trump, demonstrating his significant promise in the process. However, with Champ having yet to face a significant test during his short career, it remains to be seen how he will cope at a stage such as Cheltenham.
The Irish challenge in the Ballymore Novices Hurdle is spearheaded by Battleoverdoyen, with the Gordon Elliott-trained Gigginstown stud having won all four of his races during his short career. Having come out on top on his debut at Loughanmore in April 2017, before opening his hurdles account with a win at Navan back in December.
Having won by 13 lengths that day, Battleofdoyen then produced his best performance to date by winning the Grade 1 Lawlor’s of Naas Novices Hurdle at the beginning of the year, seeing off Sam’s Profile by a distance of 2 ¾ lengths, having never really been tested.
Despite having fallen at Cheltenham in the Grade 2 Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham in January this year, Olly Murphy-trained Brewin’Upastorm is also among the favourites having won on his hurdling debut at Huntingdon in December 2018. However, having been outclassed by Champ in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury, the six-year-old will have to produce the best performance of his career if he is to come out on top at Cheltenham in March. Brewin’Upastorm was not too far off at Newbury, having also been going well during the trial race before he presented Birchdale with victory after falling at the last.
City Island won Ballymore Novices Hurdle in 2019 with Mark Walsh in the saddle.
RSA Novices’ Chase 2020 – 14:10
Date & Time: Wednesday, 11.03.2020 - 14:10
Following on from the Ballymore Novice’s Hurdle, RSA Chase is ran at 14.10.
Type: Grade 1 National Hunt Chase (3m 1/2f)
Known as a stern test for novice chasers, this 3 mile ½ furlong run is for horses aged 5, and older, in this Grade 1 field of runners. With a whopping 19 fences to jump, jockey and horse alike must work in tandem to make sure a small mistake doesn’t rule them out in this unforgiving race.
2019 – Topofthegame
2018 – Presenting Percy
2017 – Might Bite
Known simply as the RSA or the RSA Chase, this novice event is a Grade 1 run over just a little more than three miles and as such it is seen as a very early trial for future Cheltenham Gold Cups and other top staying chases.
The RSA features 20 fences, making it a gruelling task for these novices around the Old Course, and is open to those aged 5+.
This year’s event basically has second billing on the Cheltenham races Wednesday card given its importance on the schedule, and is due to carry a prize fund of £175,000. The excellent Champ currently holds favouritism in the early betting market for 2020.
The RSA has been run since 1946 under different names and has real historical significance, winners in the past including future Gold Cup and Grand National winners such as Miinnehoma, Looks Like Trouble and Denman.
WHAT HAPPENED IN 2019? – BOOKMAKER FAVOURITES
Seven-year-old Santini is trainer Nicky Henderson’s biggest threat in the RSA Chase, having finished third in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham last year, before winning at Aintree just a month later. Santini won his first race over fences at Newbury, seeing off Rocky’s Treasure by 4 lengths, however he was a little disappointing in finishing third in the Novice Chase at Kempton at the end of 2018, in a race that was eventually won by La Bague Au Roi. With the track and Kempton being completely different from Cheltenham, many are expecting big things from one of Henderson’s prized assets.
Delta Work has won three from three races over fences, while the six-year-old has also won the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham just 12 months ago, where he was ridden by jockey Davy Russell. Trainer Gordon Elliott will be hoping for an improved performance in this race having only placed with Jessies Dream in 2011, with Delta Work opening his account over fences with a win at Down Royal in November, before coming out on top in two Grade 1 races. He defeated the impressive Le Richebourg at Fairyhouse, who is still the only horse to have beaten Delta Work. For a horse who goes well on any ground, Delta Work should well be in with a shout at Cheltenham this year.
Topofthegame is the biggest threat for Paul Nicholls, with the seven-year-old having done little wrong so far this season, including finishing second behind only Defi Du Seuil at Exeter. Topofthegame then stepped up in distance in the Grade 1 Kuato Star Chase at Kempton at the end of the year, having looked solid before eventually finishing second behind La Bague Au Roi. Many feel that the track at Cheltenham will suit the seven-year-old, who has three career victories to his name.
Topofthegame won RSA Chase in 2019.
Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle 2020 – 14:50
Date & Time: Wednesday, 11.03.2020 - 14:50
The first of the handicap races on Cheltenham Wednesday is the Grade 3 Coral Cup which is the second of this hour, at 14.50.
Type: Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle (2m 5f)
Run over the distance of 2 miles 5 furlong, with 10 fences to hurdle over the horses, aged four and over, must be at their best to stand a chance of winning this prestigious race. Interestingly, no horse has ever won this outing in consecutive years.
2019 – William Henry
2018 – Bleu Berry
2017 – Supasundae
The Coral Cup being what it is, it’s simply anyone’s guess at present who may turn up but given that it is one of the biggest betting races in the UK, you can guarantee that Cheltenham 2020 tips for day 2 will be rife around this event.
A Grade 3 handicap hurdle race run over 2 miles and 5 furlongs, the Coral Cup is severely competitive and can feature all hurdlers aged four and over. While it is worth £100,000 on its own, the race often features a bonus for any horse who can win the Imperial Cup at Sandown the previous weekend before going on to take this race.
Despite having to cover 2m5f and ten hurdles, the Coral Cup is usually a bona fide cavalry charge with the pace frenetic from the very beginning, something that makes it what it is in terms of its popularity with punters.
Often famous for huge public gambles reducing the prices of runners as the layers run scared, the Coral Cup has been landed before by the likes of What’s Up Boys, Monkerhostin and last year by William Henry.
WHAT HAPPENED IN 2019? – BOOKMAKER FAVOURITES
Off You Go
Having won the Grade B Ladbrokes Hurdle at Leopardstown in February, seeing off 9/2 favourite Uradel in the process, among others. The Charles Brynes-trained six-year-old has now won four of his last five races, including successes at Limerick and Galway. However, an eight place finish in the Handicap Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December last year demonstrated that he is far from the finished article, faltering at the first fence and never recovering. Despite this, Off You Go could well be another good runner for owner J.P. McManus at Cheltenham this year.
Willie Mullins’ Uradel is a potential runner in the Coral Cup, along with the County Hurdle. Ruby Walsh gave him too much to do in the Ladbrokes Hurdle at Leopardstown at the beginning of February, eventually finishing in fifth behind winner Off You Go. The eight-year-old is now without a win in his last five races, with his last success coming in July 2018 at Galway, finishing ahead of the much fancied Limini after an excellent sprint finish.
Big Time Dancer
Six-year-old Big Time Dancer heads to Cheltenham off the back of two consecutive victories, having won at both Doncaster and Kempton either side of the new year. Such successes included coming out on top in the Unibet Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle in January, where the 16/1 shot overcame the likes of Solomon Grey and favourite Kloud Gate in the process.
William Henry won Coral Cup in 2019 for jockey Nico de Boinville and trainer Nicky Henderson.
Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase 2020 – 15:30
It is a highlight of the medium distance National Hunt racing calendar and was given its name in honour of recognising the Queen Mothers 80th birthday, along with her huge support of jump racing. As one of the highlights of the jump racing schedule, it is a befitting name.
The last eight years have seen four Nicky Henderson horses run to victory, so if you’re looking for a wise pick in this one, keep an eye on the Cheltenham Wednesday runners declared in this one!
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Date & Time: Wednesday, 11.03.2020 - 15:30
It’s the jewel in the crown of Cheltenham Ladies Day, the Queen Mother Champion Chase at 15:30!
Type: Grade 1 National Hunt Steeplechase (1m 7f)
Open to horses of five years, and older, this Grade 1 outing is the race not to be missed from Cheltenham Wednesday racecards! This Grade 1 outing is open to horses of five years old, and older, and is run over the distance of 1 mile 7 furlongs with twelve fences to clear.
2019 – Altior
2018 – Altior
2017 – Special Tiara
While more money will be bet on the previous race, this one represents the true quality on show during Cheltenham races on Ladies Day 2020. Naturally a Grade 1 event, this two-mile chase is the biggest race of its type all season and as the name suggests, effectively crowns the champion minimum distance chaser for the year with the best of Britain and Ireland both taking part.
The Champion Chase is run on the Old Course with participants having to take thirteen fences. The 2020 renewal has a prize fund of some £400,000 and those aged five or older may run.
While such true racing greats as Crisp, One Man, Moscow Flyer, Sprinter Sacre and Altior have won this since its inception in 1959, there’s always room for a new name on the famous trophy so should Altior stick to longer trips this season, it could be the turn of one of the current market leaders such as Chacun Pour Soi or Defi Du Seuil to take up the mantle.
WHAT HAPPENED IN 2019? – BOOKMAKER FAVOURITES
Last year’s winner Altior is the overwhelming favourite in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, with Nicky Henderson’s nine-year-old now being unbeaten in seventeen starts over hurdles and fences. Altior has landed the Festival treble by winning the Supreme Novices Hurdle, Arkle Chase and Queen Mother Champion Chase in consecutive seasons, with an aggregate victory margin of around 20 lengths demonstrating his dominance.
Despite having been kept off the track for a small period last season, Altior has quickly rediscovered his top form, defeating Un De Sceux in the Tingle Creek at Sandown, before winning once more at Kempton at the end of 2018. Henderson’s prized asset then came out on top in the Desert Orchid Chase, with the winning margin of 19 lengths being ominous ahead of his trip to Cheltenham in March.
Elsewhere, Irish Champion trainer Willie Mullins will be looking to Min to put the pressure on Altior, having finished as runner up in two major races already. Min has won on his last two outings, including finishing ahead of Shattered Love at Punchestown back in December, before overcoming Ordinary World to win the Grade 1 Dublin Chase at the same track in January this year. The eight-year-old looks in top form ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, with his mark of 167 putting him just 8lbs behind race favourite Altior.
Despite being the new kid on the block, much is expected of Footpad this year, with the seven-year-old having won the Arkle Chase last year. Footpad may well have struggled at the beginning of the season, with Willie Mullins’ horse failing to complete a Grade 3 contest at Naas, with an overreach having been explained his poor showing that day. The youngster once again failed to deliver at Leopardstown over the festive period, having been the even money pre-race favourite. However, five consecutive victories last season demonstrated his significant potential, with a placed finish in the Queen Mother Champion Chase being predicted by many.
Nicky Henderson’s Altior won Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2019.
Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 2020 – 16:10
Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
Date & Time: Wednesday, 11.03.2020 - 16:10
Run at 16:10, Cross Country Chase is the perfect race to have after the drama of the Queen Mothers Champion Chase!
Type: Grade 1 National Hunt Steeplechase (3m 6f)
Originally a handicap race, this was changed to a conditions race in 2016. Open to horses aged five, and older, this race is run on the cross-country course at Cheltenham over 3 miles and 6 furlongs with an enormous 32 obstacles to navigate.
2019 – Tiger Roll
2018 – Tiger Roll
2017 – Cause Of Causes
Right now the winner of the last two renewals of both this race and the Grand National, Tiger Roll, remains favourite once again but with his participation in doubt we may be on the lookout for a new Cross Country champion.
Although open to those aged 5+ like most chases, this race is really in a category of its own. Not given graded status, the Cross Country is run over three miles, six furlongs and takes place in the middle of the tracks on the unique cross-country course.
There are fully 32 natural obstacles for the runners to clear and its this that makes the race what it is – truly something different.
While it has the lowest prize fund of day two at just £65,000, the Cross Country Chase still attracts huge support and that will especially be the case should the great Tiger Roll make it back to Prestbury Park to try to defend his crown.
WHAT HAPPENED IN 2019? – BOOKMAKER FAVOURITES
Reigning Cross Country Chase champion Tiger Roll is the odds on favourite to back up his success at Cheltenham last year, with the nine-year-old also having won both the Triumph Hurdle and National Hunt Chase over the years. With plenty still left in the tank, trainer Gordon Elliott will be expecting another strong showing from the Cheltenham veteran, with 10 of the past 14 winners in the Cross Country Chase having been aged nine or older. Tiger Roll finished fourth last time at Cheltenham back in November, however he will be in much better condition this time around.
Edna Bolger-trained Auvergnat is expected to be the biggest threat to Tiger Roll, with the nine-year-old having finished fourth for the last two years. Despite this, the J. McManus owned horse performed well at Leopardstown last time out, winning the Paddy Power Chase at the end of 2018, overcoming favourite Any Second Now in the process. The winning margin of 6 ½ lengths demonstrates his potential at Cheltenham, however the conditions on the day could significantly effect his chances.
11-year-old Josies Orders may be one of the most experienced runners this year, however another potential horse from trainer Edna Bolger could have enough to cause an upset in the Cross Country Chase. Josies Orders won the P.P. Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase at Leopardstown back in February, holding off the likes of Hurricane Darwin and Mtada Supreme. The experienced horse also has a win at Cheltenham to his name in 2018, coming in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase in November. Josies Orders finished sixth in this race last year, however a placed finish this time around would not come as a surprise.
Tiger Roll won 2019 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase.
Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 2020 – 16:50
Introduced in 2005 when the Festival became a four-day extravaganza, this event was named in honour of Fred Winter who was successful as both jockey and trainer at Cheltenham, with a rather decent record of 17 victories as a jockey and 28 as a trainer!
Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle
Date & Time: Wednesday, 11.03.2020 - 16:50
Following shortly after the Cross Country Chase is Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle race for novice hurdlers at 16:50.
Type: Grade 3 National Hunt Hurdle Race (2m 1/2f)
The Grade 3 outing is run by horses aged four years, and over, over the distance of 2 miles and ½ furlong with just eight hurdles to be jumped.
2019 – Band of Outlaws
2018 -Veneer of Charm
2017 – Flying Tiger
Officially the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle, known colloquially as simply the Fred Winter and advertised for sponsorship reasons as the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race, things are perhaps confusing enough about this event before we even see a card of runners!
Those runners will not become apparent until nearer race time, but whoever they are they are guaranteed to make up another frighteningly competitive race. A full field of unexposed four-year-olds makes for a tough call when it comes to punting the race, but that’s all part of the fun.
Only run since 2005, The Fred Winter is a Grade 3 handicap, run over two miles and is worth £80,000 in prize money.
WHAT HAPPENED IN 2019? – BOOKMAKER FAVOURITES
Band Of Outlaws
Four-year-old Band Of Outlaws has two successive victories to his name, with the Joseph O’Brien trained horse having come out on top at both Limerick and Naas either side of the new year. Jockey JJ Slevin was on board on each occasion, including leading the youngster to a win in the EMS Copiers Rated Novice Hurdle in February, where he overcame promising youngsters such as Maze Runner and Coko Beach.
Paul Nicholls’ Pic Dorhy may not have run since November last year, however the four-year-old is still one of the leading candidates for the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle due to his career performances to date. Pic Dorhy finished second behind Beaumec De Houelle in a Grade 1 meeting at Auteuil in France last year, having been runner up to the same horse on the same track just a matter of weeks previously. It remains to be seen as to how he will perform on English soil.
With four consecutive wins to his name, Quel Destin is much-fancied ahead of the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, with the Paul Nicholls trained four-year-old having finished ahead of Adjali in the Grade 1 Coral Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow at the end of 2018. Quel Destin also won the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle at Cheltenham in November, overcoming fine runners including Cracker Factory and pre-race favourite Montestrel.
Band of Outlaws won Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle in 2019,.
Weatherbys Champion Bumper 2020 – 17:30
Weatherbys Champion Bumper
Date & Time: Wednesday, 11.03.2020 - 17:30
We wrap up the Cheltenham Wednesday at 17:30 with this Champion Bumper.
Type: Grade 1 National Hunt Flat Race (2m 1/2f)
Run by horses between four and six years old, over 2 miles and ½ a furlong this Grade 1 race is the most prestigious flat race of the National Hunt calendar. Despite not having won here for five years, Ruby Walsh remains the leading jockey in this event.
2019 – Envoi Allen
2018 – Relegate
2017 – Fayonagh
Won last year by the aforementioned Envoi Allen, the Champion Bumper has been on the card since 1992 and while it is a Grade 1 race in its own right, it serves to offer a platform for future star hurdlers and chasers to make their mark at the festival before they have to jump a flight.
The race takes place over the two-mile trip, is open to those aged 4-6 only and carries a prize fund of £75,000. It has been won by future jumping stars Florida Pearl, Cue Card and Champagne Fever among others and this year we are going at least 14/1 the field at present, with competition naturally huge at this early stage.
WHAT HAPPENED IN 2019? – BOOKMAKER FAVOURITES
Envoi Allen is the favourite for the Champion Bumper, with the five-year-old having won all four of his outings to date. During his time with trainer Colin Bowe, he won his point by 10 lengths, before quickly being snapped up by Gordon Elliott. Envoi Allen went on to make his bumper debut at Fairyhouse in December 2018, where he comfortably won ahead of Port Stanley under jockey Jamie Codd.
Just a matter of weeks later, the youngster won once more, finishing 4 ½ lengths clear of the rest of the field at Navan. The five-year-old completed a hat-trick of wins by landing a Grade 2 race at the Dublin Festival, finishing in front of two well respected Joseph O’Brien horses in the process.
It still remains unclear as to whether Malone Road will take part at Cheltenham, with the former ante-post favourite having been hampered by a knee injury over recent times. Gordon Elliott’s five-year-old previously won impressively at Down Royal and Punchestown, however it now appears that he faces a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of the Festival. Malone Road defeated Willie Mullins’ Mt Leinster in winning the Mervyn Gray Construction Race at Punchestown in November.
Named after the main character in the movie Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne is a hugely promising horse. The J.P. McManus owned five-year-old won at Down Royal back in January, showing impressive speed to keep off the likes of Golden Spread and Ballylig in the process. The Gordon Elliott-trained horse also won on his debut in March 2018 at Morris House, however a win at Cheltenham may be a step to far at this stage.
Envoi Allen won Champion Bumper in 2019.
Betting On Cheltenham Day 2
Not only have we included our round up of the best offers for you above in our handy comparison table, but, one golden rule is to make sure you check the Cheltenham runners on Wednesday, there is nothing worse than doing he research, picking a horse, only to find out it hasn’t been declared.
Prior to that though, make sure you check out all the Cheltenham offers and our bookie comparisons to make sure you not only pick the right horse for Ladies Day, but, also the right bookmakers!
Cheltenham Day Two Trial Races
The Cheltenham runners on Wednesday will not have gotten to this point without winning major races, especially in the case of those contesting the Champion Chase for which events such as the Tingle Creek at Sandown and the John Durkan Memorial at Punchestown are key prep races.
Despite it being a novice event, those running in the RSA will likely have taken part in something like the Feltham Novices’ Chase at Kempton or the Scilly Isles Novices’ at Sandown beforehand to make sure they’re good enough, something no doubt acknowledged when we see Cheltenham Wednesday tips.
It may be made out as something of a gimmick day due to the high-fashion and general wear of the crowd on the second day of the Festival – but – don’t let that distract you from the fact that there are seven brilliant races on the second day for you to get your money on – and – win more on with the Cheltenham races on Ladies Day.
When is Cheltenham Ladies Day in 2020?
During this very racecard; Wednesday March 11th, 2020.
Who won the Champion Chase in 2019?
The brilliant Altior won this race for the second time in a row in 2019 and, if his longer trip experiment doesn’t pay off, he may be back for a third attempt yet.
How many races are on day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival?
Seven – just as on day one.