It's the second day of the Cheltenham Festival and we mark your card with selections for the seven races...

1.30: Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle

Willie Mullins has the hot favourite in Impaire Et Passe who is likely to go close.

But GAELIC WARRIOR looks set to relish this step up in trip and although the betting would suggest otherwise, can give Ireland another victory.

Good Land and Hermes Allen demand respect, but Champ Kiely can build on his win at Naas in January and land minor honours.


1 Gaelic Warrior

2 Impaire Et Passe

3 Champ Kiely

2.10: Brown Advisory Novices' Chase

GERRI COLOMBE is an unoriginal selection, but looks the most likely winner.

With two successive Grade 1 wins, the step up in trip can bring out further improvement and Gordon Elliott’s charge is the one they all have to beat.

Galia Des Liteaux will relish the soft ground and can give the selection plenty to think about, while Thyme Hill is a proven stayer but will need to brush up on his jumping.


1 Gerri Colombe

2 Galia Des Liteaux

3 Thyme Hill

2.50: Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle

Stick a pin in your paper for this winner!

Arguably more than a dozen hold strong chances here, but we will take a chance on RIAAN, who looks to have a competitive weight and has won well on two of his last three runs.

Beacon Edge runs in a handicap for the first time having dined at the top table in Group 1s before that, while Camprond was fourth in this race last year and has a lighter weight this time around.

San Salvador has hit form and can run into a place.


1 Riaan

2 Beacon Edge

3 Camprond

4 San Salvador

3.30: Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

EDWARDSTONE won last year’s Arkle and can come out on top here.

Alan King’s charge looked like winning last time but was beaten by Editeur De Gite – who reopposes here – but Edwardstone will be sharper and probably ridden closer to the pace.

Energumene is the obvious threat to the favourite, with the other runners needing career bests to get involved.


1 Edwardstone

2 Energumene

3 Editeur De Gite

4.10: Glenfarcas Cross Country Chase

Gordon Elliott holds the trump cards here with DELTA WORK looking to defend his crown in this race, but with stablemate Galvin likely to be a big threat.

However, given this is Galvin’s cross-country debut, Delta Work’s experience could prove vital.

Snow Leopardess ran well when trying this course for the first time in Cheltenham, while Diesel D’Allier could sneak a place at big odds.


1 Delta Work

2 Galvin

3 Snow Leopardess

4 Diesel D’Allier

4.50: Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase

DINOBLUE is having a first run in a handicap and could be on a very lenient mark for Wille Mullins’ yard.

He is taken to land this competitive event, with Andy Dufresne, who was second in this race last year off the same mark, again likely to go close.

Sizing Pottsie and Call Me Lyreen can run well at big odds.


1 Dinoblue

2 Andy Dufresne

3 Sizing Pottsie

4 Call Me Lyreen

5.30: Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Most of these come here highly touted, with Willie Mullins saddling 10 of the 24 runners – and Ireland looking the destination for the trophy.

It could be prudent to focus on two in the same ownership, It’s For Me and FUN FUN FUN, with the latter chosen to maintain his 100% record.

Better Days Ahead impressed last time, while A Dream To Share deserves his place at the head of the market.


1 Fun Fun Fun

2 It’s For Me

3 Better Days Ahead

4 A Dream To Share