On Wednesday, March 13th, it’s all glitz and glamour as Day Two of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival sees Ladies Day kick into gear.
But what is Ladies Day? It’s not all heels and hats. For racing punters, it’s a great opportunity to back bigger prices and each-way bets.
With bigger fields and bigger odds, today’s the day for some speculative betting. And it’s all topped off by the Queen Mother Champion Chase – the most prestigious race of the day.
Elsewhere, there’s cracking renewals of the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle, the RSA Steeplechase, and the Coral Cup.
Get your glad-rags on!
Ladies Day – 2018 Race Schedule
The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the big race of the day, featuring a fascinating battle between Altior, Min, and Douvan.
1.30 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (2m 5f)
2.10 RSA Steeple Chase (3m 1/2f)
2.50 Coral Cup (2m 5f)
4.10 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (3m 7f)
4.50 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2m 1/2f)
5.30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Open NH Flat Race) (2m 1/2f)
Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle
Raced by four-year-old hurdlers and above, this Grade 1 race has produced some huge stars over the years. Hark back to the likes of Istabraq and Faugheen for example.
Willoughby Court won a thrilling race here last year.
Run over 2m 4f, this renewal looks a belter with Gordon Elliott’s highly-fancied Samcro the hot favourite
Winners of this Grade 1 race tend to be put forward for Gold Cup contention in the following years.
This race isn’t one for the faint-hearted. You need to have plenty of speed, stamina, and determination to win here.
Presenting Percy and Monalee currently head the betting but the likes of Black Corton and Yanworth will be great dangers.
Always a hugely competitive race, the Coral Cup presents speculative punters looking for bigger odds winners with a good opportunity.
Robbie Power and Jessica Harrington teamed up last year on the victorious Supasundae. William Henry and Bleu Et Rouge currently head the betting.
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Can Altior complete his comeback with a win in the 2018 Queen Mother Champion Chase?
Nicky Henderson’s charge blitzed the field on his return at Newbury in February and is a short-priced favourite at 4/6 to win.
Politologue was second that day. Can he sensationally beat Altior this time around? Or will it be one of Douvan or Min to upset the applecart?
Cross Country Handicap Chase
Run over 3m 7f, the Cross Country Handicap Chase favours stayers with good form in these tricky sorts of races.
Enda Bolger has a superb record in this race with five previous wins. And he has a fantastic chance of making it six wins with Josies Orders.
2017 winner Cause Of Causes currently heads the antepost betting.
Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is traditionally one of the most open and difficult races of the festival to predict.
Contested over 2m and eight hurdles, last year’s winner Flying Tiger came in as a 33/1 winner.
Nube Negra and Act Of Valour are currently neck-and-neck in the betting.
The most unique race of the entire festival, the Champion Bumper is the only race to be run on the flat.
It’s another extremely difficult race to predict and sometimes one that will be for a watching brief only.
Gordon Elliott won the 2017 renewal with Fayonagh.
Ladies Day Results 2017
1:30 – Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle
- Willoughby Court – 14/1
- Neon Wolf – 2/1
- Messire Des Obeaux – 8/1
2:10 – RSA Chase
- Might Bite – 7/2F
- Whisper – 9/2
- Belshill – 5/1
2:50 – Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
- Supasundae – 16/1
- Taquin Du Seuil – 12/1
- Who Dares Wins – 33/1
3:30 – Queen Mother Champion Chase
- Special Tiara – 11/1
- Fox Norton – 7/1
- Sir Valentino – 33/1
4:10 – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
- Cause Of Causes – 4/1
- Bless The Wings – 10/1
- Cantlow – 9/4F
4:50 – Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle
- Flying Tiger – 33/1
- Divin Bere – 4/1F
- Nietzsche – 12/1
5:30 – Champion Bumper
- Fayonagh – 7/1
- Debuchet – 10/1
- Claimantakinforgan – 22/1
Find out all Cheltenham betting odds for 2018 at Ladbrokes!