We continue our look ahead to the Cheltenham Festival with a look ahead to day two, which features a horse with a big name to carry among our Cheltenham tips.
Champ win and each-way @ 3/1 - BET NOW
There probably wouldn't be a more popular winner at the Festival this year than Champ. He's owned by JP McManus, trained by Nicky Henderson and named after the great Sir AP McCoy. The Cheltenham betting has him earmarked as one of the stronger favourites of the meeting and so he'll also have the punters behind him.
He's also got the form in the bank to ensure he is well worth supporting. Winner of four from five outings over hurdles, his only setback was a neck-second behind Vinndication on his debut at Kempton 13 months ago – with that rival since taking high rank in the novice chasing division this term.
Champ meanwhile went on and won minor contests at Perth and Warwick last May before reappearing with a decisive handicap success at Newbury in December, beating a host of subsequent winner in doing so. Since that, he has gone on to win the Grade 1 Challow back at Newbury in ready fashion and he looks like being one of the 'British Bankers' come Cheltenham for the Master of Seven Barrows.
Drovers Lane win and each-way @ 33/1 - BET NOW
A welcome return to the Cheltenham Festival this year for Rebecca Curtis, Wales' winning-most handler on this grand stage.
Between 2012 and 2016 Curtis sent out a winner at the Festival four years in a row as, with Tea For Three, At Fishers Cross, O'Faolains Boy and Irish Cavalier all scoring.
A slow season last time ensured she sent nothing from her Pembrokeshire base to the Cotswolds and, while her team will be small again, she's got a fighting chance with Drovers Lane.
He was nothing out of the ordinary as a hurdler but has quickly left his exploits over timber behind since going chasing. He's won three from four in this discipline, including a course success in December over 2m4½f.
Curtis has earmarked the RSA Chase over the JLT as her preferred target and she suggests he 'trains like a three-miler' while he has won over the trip at Haydock this season already. With a minor wind operation recently completed, there could be more to come from Drovers Lane and he commands more respect than he's getting in the Cheltenham odds for the RSA Chase.
Altior win and each-way @ 4/9 - BET NOW
An unoriginal selection but the unbeaten jumper is nigh-on impossible to oppose as he bids for a second Champion Chase success. He's enhanced his record to 17 from 17 this season and looked more or less imperious in doing so. Barring an accident, and his jumping doesn't suggest that is likely, jump racing's biggest start should prove much the best here.
Min was the one that chased him home last year and the Willie Mullins-trained runner looks most likely to do similar now. While he may not be an option for single Cheltenham betting, Altior will surely be entering the many Cheltenham multiples for punters as he looks the most likely winner of the four-days.
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