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Cheltenham Festival Day 2 tips from the Racing Post

The Queen Mother Champion Chase takes centre stage on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns with his three best bets.

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Cheltenham Festival Day Two Tips and Predictions

2.50 Coral Cup - Doddiethegreat @ 7/1
3.30 Queen Mother Champion Chase - Edwardstone @ 6/1
4.50 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase - Madara @ 7/1

Coral Cup tip

Doddiethegreat @ 7/1

The 2m5f handicap hurdle (2.50) is a wide-open contest but the one who catches my eye is Doddiethegreat, who appears to be progressing well and comes here after an excellent effort last time at Newbury.

The Nicky Henderson-trained eight-year-old doesn't make it to the course often, but he is unexposed as a result and the form of his last two runs stacks up well. He was second behind Imperial Cup winner Go Dante here two starts ago and then finished fourth in the Betfair Hurdle last time, splitting Go Dante and Faivoir.

Faivoir was second to Go Dante in the big one at Sandown last weekend, so that is evidently superb form and Doddiethegreat is able to race off the same mark, with the return to a longer trip here almost certainly a positive. He has won over 2m5f before and this will be his first start at the distance since November 2021.

Nico de Boinville takes the ride and Doddiethegreat looks certain to run well.

Queen Mother Champion Chase tip

Edwardstone - 6/1

El Fabiolo is a warm order for the Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.30) but he probably faces his toughest test, against some battle-hardened rivals, and it’s worth taking him on.

Edwardstone was the outstanding two-mile chaser for the majority of last season, when his best effort was a wide-margin win in the 2022 Tingle Creek. Everything fell apart after that and he was beaten a long way in this race last year, but he appears right back to his best now.

The ten-year-old was sent to the front in a change of tactics at Newbury last month and he ran away with the Game Spirit by 40 lengths, putting all his rivals in trouble from an early stage.

That was a scintillating performance that earned him his second-highest Racing Post Rating and, unlike last year when he came into the festival following a defeat, he now appears to be peaking at the right time for the race. If he is on song once again, he will make them all go.

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase tip

Madara - 7/1

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual (4.50) is one of the highlights of the week and Madara appears to have outstanding claims of making it three wins on the spin, and two at this track.

Madara is only five and just now appears to be maturing. He ran away with a handicap on the New course here in December, but was even better at the Dublin Racing Festival last month.

The Sophie Leech-trained gelding went through that ultra-competitive Listed handicap chase at Leopardstown like an express train, looking like the winner throughout, and when asked to put the race to bed he did it in a few strides. He was well on top at the finish and a class apart.

He has to run off a 10lb higher mark back in Britain, but is definitely still improving and his slick jumping, strong travelling nature makes him ideal for a speed test in the Grand Annual.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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