The countdown for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival has officially begun, with punters already scouring the markets for value.
The second day of the Festival gets underway on Wednesday 16th March, with the likes of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and the Champion Chase featuring on day two of the four-day event.
The Cheltenham.co.uk team has ripped apart their notebooks, picking out three horses that could well rake in the profit for punters on Day 2.
Here are the Antepost Antics selections for Ladies’ Day at the Cheltenham Festival.
BALLYMORE NOVICES’ CHASE – Stage Star (9/1 – Coral + Ladbrokes)
He could well miss Cheltenham completely but if Paul Nicholls decides to take the gamble and head to Prestbury Park, Stage Star could well be of interest on the second day.
The six-year-old has landed success in all three of his starts this season, including his first Grade 1 victory in the Challow Novices’ Hurdle over the festive period.
If he was to run here, he’s arguably the best British chance of claiming success in this contest with his price of 9/1 holding some each-way value at this stage.
BROWN ADVISORY NOVICES’ CHASE – Bravesmangame (3/1 – Coral + Ladbrokes)
After suffering disappointment in the Ballymore last season, Bravesmangame has developed into a seriously promising chaser under Paul Nicholls.
The seven-year-old has proven to be a force over fences this season, winning all four of his starts over the larger obstacles.
The gelding’s best performance to date came in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase, as he made light work of his rivals to win by seven and a half lengths.
Bravesmangame has shown considerable improvement since his last Cheltenham appearance and his price of 3/1 is very interesting here.
CHAMPION CHASE – Nube Negra (14/1 – bet365)
It seems to be a foregone conclusion that Shishkin will not be beaten in this contest. And this seems very likely.
However, there isn’t really much excitement in backing an 8/11 favourite at the Festival, so we’ve delved deep into the field in hope of picking out an each-way contender that holds more value.
Nube Negra is the perfect example of this. Dan Skelton’s recruit is a speedy sort who seems to love Cheltenham after placing in the Champion Chase last year and claimed success in the Shloer Chase back in November.
He does face a frighteningly talented trio in Shishkin, Energumene and Chacun Pour Soi but he could well be underestimated here with his price tag of 14/1 holding some value currently.