Lorcan Murtagh provides World Of Sport readers with his thoughts on Day Two of the Festival


We found a few nice winners today, Constitution Hill the one I felt was the best thing of the day winning easily.

1.30pm – Ballymore Hurdle

“ Its hard to look past Sir Gerhard here. He does need to brush up on his jumping but he was a Grade One winner last time out and took the bumper here last season as well, so we know he handles the track. Sorry to be so obvious, but he looks really hard to beat”

2.10pm – Brown Advisory Chase

“I think L’Homme Presse will take all the beating at a track he has won at before in January where he did it well. He hasn’t really done anything wrong so far and I think this race and course will suit him far more than it will Bravemansgame. I actually thing Ahoy Senor could well reverse Kempton  form with Bravemansgame at this more suitable track and he could come home in second, though I also want to give a shout out to Threeunderthrufive. He doesn’t look the most natural at his fences yet and he might struggle to make the running here but he is a decent sort, who could go well at a bigger price”.

2.50pm – Coral Cup

“I am going to go with Indigo Breeze here who looks all set to go well here off a mark of 140 for his handicap debut, less Jordan’s 3lb claim. He stayed on well when second last time out at Fairyhouse and I think the extra five furlongs here will really suit him, and he has a good each way chance. If you want one at an even bigger price, I think the headgear will sharpen up Garry Clermont (first time cheekpieces), and he has been putting in some really solid efforts recently without winning, and he is another who could go well here”.      

3.30pm – Champion Chase

“The rematch – sorry but I just cannot see Energumene reversing the Ascot form with Shishkin, I think this track will suit Shishkin better, and although the favourite can hit a flat spot in his races, this should be run to play in to his hands. I think Energumene will go off in front but Shishkin stays well and with his speed and stamina combination I can only see one result. I have to give a shout out for Put The Kettle on as well at a silly price. She won this race last year, loves it here at Cheltenham, and although she hasn’t been at her best lately, the return to Prestbury Park seems sure to suit her”.   

4.10pm – Glenfarclas Chase

“I really think Diesel D’Allier loves it round the course and although he has a tough ask at the weights, he has a solid chance at an each way price. If the Tiger Roll who won this last season turns up then of course he will be hard to beat, and I wouldn’t be too worried about his last run at Navan, he did something similar last season and still ran away with this! If you are looking for one at a better odds, Potters Corner could be the one. This sort of race can reenergise horses and it might be exactly what he needs to get back to form, and he might not be far away at huge price”.

4.50pm – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase

“I like Editeur Du Gite here he is a really progressive horse and clearly handles the track having won here November and December. He scored going away at the line last time and is an improving sort who is certainly going the right way.  Don’t forget Sky Pirate, he won this race last year and has been consistent this season without winning and I think the better ground will suit him ideally here”.

5.30pm – Champion Bumper

American Mike has been very impressive with the way he has gone through his races and apparently they they think a lot of him at the Gordon Elliott yard. I think he can beat favourite Facile Vega, and he has done everything they have asked of him very impressively. Poetic Music gets all the allowances and has won at the track before and she won going away in Listed company last time out. Her price does not reflect her form, especially at these weights, and she could go well at a big price”.

Lorcan’s horse he would love to ride on Wednesday:

L’Homme Presse (2.10pm) –

“He looks a jockey’s dream, jumps well and just does everything asked of him really nicely”.

Performance of the Day Tuesday –

Not a horse but the ride Derek Fox gave to Corach Rambler in the Ultima. Trainer Lucinda Russell said after the race that it wasn’t the plan for him to be so far back early on, but he threaded his way through the field with perfect timing to lead late on and win going away at the line”.

Lorcan Murtagh kindly gave up his time and was talking to Sean Trivass, who is solely responsible for any errors when typing up his notes!

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