Cheltenham Festival Day Two Betting Tips: He is the man with the prediction Midas Touch and today Dean ‘Midas’ Maynard continues his exclusive tips for The Cheltenham Festival.
Cheltenham Day Two:
1.30: Neon Wolf
3.30: God’s Own
4.50: Divin Bere
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The going has changed on the Chase and Hurdle tracks of the Old Course at Cheltenham today, Ladies Day, Wednesday, 15th March, the second of the four days of The Festival – Good to Soft, Good in places (from Good to Soft).
Cheltenham Clerk of the Course & Director of Racing Simon Claisse said this morning: “I cannot believe that yet again today the sun has come out.
“There has been no rain since Sunday. We have had a dry night and another heavy dew and the forecast is for dry and warm weather with sunny spells today.
“It was quite murky early on and I thought the forecast was for it to remain cloudy throughout the day with the odd sunny spell. Maybe, we are going to be fortunate again.
“I had a good walk round with the stick this morning, the ground may be marginally quicker. There is a little bit of good ground at the top of the hill when they turn for home as is always the case but I think it will be pretty similar to yesterday, maybe marginally quicker.
“This is what we describe as groundsman’s ground because it is perfect from a horse’s point of view, really safe ground, but the horses haven’t really made a mess of it because the grass is so strong. I’ve been delighted with how little damage has been done with 112 runners on the first day.
“I had no temptation to water last night. Whether we will have to do something for tomorrow’s tracks (on the New Course) which is a little bit quicker and currently Good, Good to Soft in places, that is a decision we take later today, depending on what happens and how much it dries out. It’s looking as if the rainfall may come on Friday afternoon so we could be lucky and have four dry days.”
The Festival also stages the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase (4.10pm) today, for which the ground has changed to Good, Good to Soft in places (from Good to Soft, Good in places).
Claisse commented: “The Cross Country Course is always a little bit quicker as we are not able to water it as much as both the Old and the New Courses. Also, that ground has only been managed as a racecourse since 1995, 22 years, whereas on the New Course has been raced on for 25 years and the Old Course for nearly 100 years.
“A lot of work goes into maintaining the Cross Country Course fences but we are always rewarded with a wonderful race.”
Reflecting on the first day of The Festival, Claisse added: “We had a wonderful day yesterday with JP McManus having his 50th winner at The Festival and Nicky Henderson winning his sixth Champion Hurdle and sixth Arkle.”