Racing Tips: Open Meeting Day Two

Racing tipster Will Smith gives his thoughts and recommendations on day two of the Open meeting at Cheltenham

Any horse that can put it up to Oscar Whisky over 2m 4f at Cheltenham is a potential superstar. I give you Taquin Du Seuil. Mark my words, he will be a horse to follow, and he certainly has the looks to go with the performance too.

As for the bets, well Hunters Lodge just about covered the day running into a place, and it was a shame the race was run at a dawdle (which inconvenienced both him and Victrix Gale.)

While Renard looked a little lifeless in the paddock and ran accordingly. If you followed my tweet (@WillSmith_2) about Anay Turge then you’d have hopefully either backed him pre-race or in-running. He won well.

On to the second day of the Open meeting, featuring the Paddy Power Gold Cup – I am very happy with the 14/1 advised about Nadiya De La Vega. Also if you saw my tweet about Ballynagour you’d have him at 9/1 too.

The 3m novices’ chase looks a humdinger, and if you took the 25/1 about Shutthefrontdoor for the RSA then you’ll be watching this with keen anticipation.

He could well run a cracker and be beaten, but he will run well.

As for a bet, I see Alan Kelly has put up Bradley in the 1.50, and while I wouldn’t put you off him, I think it is worth backing another horse in the race – Tour Des Champs.

It is very rare for Nigel Twiston-Davies to not have a winner at this meeting, and I think he has leading claims with the horse that finished in front of Bradley here in October, and has a weight pull with him.

He also has a weight pull with Scottish National winner Godsmejudge, and this 3m 3½f trip could well be spot on for a horse that has long been thought of as one of his stable’s best young staying chasers.

At 9/1 with Boylesports he is an outstanding bet.

Away from Cheltenham, there is a horse that I have to recommend backing at Uttoxeter – Renard D’Irlande for Venetia Williams in the 1.05.

He is currently 7/2 favourite with bet365 and Paddy Power, but will be much shorter come the off as he is incredibly well handicapped and the race looks tailor made for a winning reappearance.

Cheltenham 1.50: Tour Des Champs – 7/1 (generally)
Uttoxeter 1.05: Renard D’Irlande – 7/2 (Bet365, Paddy Power)