Racing on day two gets underway with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle over two miles five furlongs. I like the form of the Naas run when Battleoverdoyen won and Sams Profile finished second.
Battleoverdoyen has had two runs over hurdles and has to victories to his name. He is a horse who has came a long way in the space of a month, from winning his maiden hurdle to winning a Grade 1 in the space of three weeks. There is still more improvement to come and I think he is the one to beat.
Sams Profile finished two lengths and 3/4 behind Battleoverdoyen at Naas. He would have finished closer but he made a bad mistake four out and also ran into trouble coming into the straight. He would have finished closer only for the trouble he ran into. He is a five year old with plenty of room for improvement. I don’t think he will reverse the form with Battleoverdoyen but I think he could be placed.
Race two is the RSA Novices’ Chase and I like Delta Work. Here is my in dept preview of the race. Preview of the RSA at the Cheltenham Festival
Race three is the Coral Cup handicap hurdle over two miles and five furlongs. I like Vision Des Flos for Colin Tizzard and Robbie Power rides. He won his last start which was a Grade two at Fontwell. He ran well in last season Ballymore and finished sixth behind Samcro. He is only a six year old and he has scope for improvement.
Race four is the Champion Chase and Altior is impossible to oppose. It will probably end with the one two from last year finishing one two again. That being Min following him home.
Race five is the Cross Country Chase and Tiger Roll is back to defend his crown. He looks very hard to oppose. He seemed to be in better form then ever when bolting up in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan last time out. I think he will win this and go on to try defend his crown at Aintree in April.
Race six is the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle over two miles. I like Chief Justice . He has plenty of experience over hurdles including a second in a Grade 2. He finished fifth behind Sir Erec last time out at Leopardstown. I can see him run a good race at a double figure price.
The last race on day two is the Champion Bumper. Abacadabras was in the process of running a great race at Leopardstown when he ran out through the rail. He is still learning and was keen last time out. I’d imagine he will have learned from that and come on for the run. He doesn’t have to improve much to be competing with Envoi Allen. I think he will run a great race with Lisa O’Neill on board.