Cheltenham day 2 tips for the Champion Bumper, the last race on the day 2 card on Wednesday 15th March 2017 with reasons for our betting tip.
The Weatherby’s Champion Bumper is the most prestigious flat race in the National Hunt calendar. Won in previous years by Moon Racer, Cue Card and Florida Pearl to name a few. If you were to look through the list of horses that have competed in this contest, then you would be staring at the names of countless race horses that have gone on to be real greats of the sport. It is always worth taking note of the names in the current year’s bumper to keep close by in your notebook for future reference.
Cheltenham Champion Bumper Tips
Willie Mullins has won this race on a staggering 8 occasions, with Briar Hill and Champagne Fever being the most recent. His primary candidate, Getabird, has unfortunately succumbed to injury in what has been a torrid season in that respect so far for owners Rich and Susannah Ricci. This still leaves Mullins with the market leader in the shape of Carter Mckay. Impressive on his Irish debut conceding weight to all of his rivals, he followed that up with a facile victory in a four-runner bumper at Naas beating a previous winner of Joseph O’Brien’s, West Coast Time. However, I think he is plenty short enough in the betting at 7/2 and I am willing to take him on with a different betting tip for the Bumper at Cheltenham.
A mare that I am very excited about for the future is Daphne Du Clos. She was narrowly beaten on her debut at Cheltenham after receiving a bump from her rival near the line so you could say she was hard done by there, plus that was over a distance a couple of furlongs shy of the Champion Bumper trip. In February, she won very pleasingly at Newbury to show she has a significant amount of ability. She beat Western Ryder that day who was giving away plenty of weight so he could also be one to watch out for. That race in the past has been won by Ballyandy, Barters Hill and Al Ferof so boasts a nice hall of fame. Nicky Henderson has only had five runners in the Champion Bumper in the past 10 years, the fact that this horse is only 4 adds to the intrigue. If the master of Seven Barrows sends her to the race, I feel that is enough of a Cheltenham tip in itself. All this combined with the fact she receives a 4 year old allowance and a mares allowance so she will be in receipt of over a stone from the majority of the field, I simply can’t get away from her. The last juvenile to win this contest was Cue Card, so watch this space!
Dan Skelton has an exciting prospect in Cause Toujours who won with any amount in hand on debut at Warwick. The only concern being we haven’t seen him since that run in December and the form hasn’t worked out particularly well.
There are always a number of unknowns going into the Champion Bumper as we haven’t seen very much of these horses and some really could be anything. But hopefully we are on to a good one here!
Cheltenham Day 2 Tip
Champion Bumper: Daphne Du Clos (Each Way) – 8/1 with William Hill.
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