There's another £1,000,000 up for grabs in the Tote Placepot for Wednesday and the Racing Post's Phill Anderson provides his selections for day two of the Cheltenham Festival.
2x1x2x2x1x3 = 24 lines
Leg One - Good Land/Hermes Allen
Leg Two - Gerri Colombe
Leg Three - HMS Seahorse/Langer Dan
Leg Four - Editeur Du Gite/Energumene
Leg Five - Delta Work
Leg Six - Global Citizen/Andy Dufresne/Sizing Pottsie
There was plenty to like about Good Land’s Grade 1 success at Leopardstown last time and he looks like a rock-solid place contender in the Ballymore (1.30) on the back of that run.
Barry Connell’s charge unseated on his hurdle bow at Fairyhouse earlier in the season, but has been faultless in the jumping department subsequently and there are no doubts about the trip or the ground having already won on soft and over 2m6f.
Hermes Allen hasn’t done anything wrong in his hurdle career to date. His Challow form has worked out well and he’s preferred to Impaire Et Passe as the second selection.
Now the rain has arrived, Gerri Colombe is hard to oppose in the Brown Advisory (2.10). He’s already landed two Grade 1s and his performance in the Scilly Isles over an insufficient 2m4f makes him the one to beat.
The Coral Cup (2.50) is notoriously one of the trickiest races to solve at the Festival.
HMS Seahorse got his head back in front last time out when getting the better of the well-handicapped Felix Desjy at Navan in January and the way he won going away that day suggests this stiff test will suit.
Langer Dan is back on a good mark and he’s not been beaten far in previous renewals of both the Fred Winter and Martin Pipe. He was out of his depth last time, but one can put a line through that effort and this race will have been the long-term aim.
Editeur Du Gite has already beaten Edwardstone twice this season and he’s been underestimated in his bid to confirm the form in the Champion Chase (3.30).
Without Gentleman De Mee in this race (scratched before 48hr decs), he could get his own way up front again and the Old Course at Cheltenham plays to his strengths.
With just two places in this race, it’s worth including last year’s winner, Energumene, who made an uncharacteristic mistake at a crucial stage when third behind Editeur Du Gite and Edwardstone on Trials Day; he can bounce back.
Delta Work will be hard to keep out of the frame in his bid for back-to-back renewals of the Cross Country (4.10). He ran well in a course and distance handicap earlier in the season when hitting the frame and he’s well capable of reversing that form off level weights here.
The final leg of the Placepot is the Grand Annual (4.50) and it might be worth having three selections on side.
Last year’s winner, Global Citizen, is only 3lb above last year’s winning mark and the runner-up from that renewal, Andy Dufresne, is worth including too.
The other one is Sizing Pottsie, who should relish the drop down in class and has become very well treated on his form in Ireland last year.