Foxy Jacks is best bet in day two Cheltenham Festival betting tips

Rachael Blackmore is looking for success on day two at Cheltenham (Picture: Getty Images)

Even casual racing fans will recall Rachael Blackmore becoming the first female jockey to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup three years ago when Minella Indo romped to victory.

The pair are back in action on day two at Prestbury Park in the Cross Country Chase and lead the market at 2/1 after an encouraging run in a prep race over course and distance before Christmas.

But they face stern opposition in the form of Gordon Elliott’s Delta Work, who is seeking a hat-trick of wins in this test of stamina, while stablemates Galvin and Coko Beach also hold strong claims.

However, the preference is to plump for Foxy Jacks at 16/1 each-way with BetUK after beating a strong field over course and distance in November.

Willie Mullins sends out a strong team in the Novices Hurdle, with Ballyburn the 1/2 favourite with multiple firms after winning a maiden at Leopardstown by 25 lengths before a seven-length victory in a Grade One at the same track last month. He’s the cornerstone of the day’s accumulators and one of those to perm him with is Paul Nicholls’ Stay Away Fay, winner of last year’s Albert Bartlett, in the Brown Advisory Novices Chase at 3/1 (Paddy Power).

Langer Dan defends his crown in the Coral Cup but has not met those heights in subsequent outings. Doddiethegreat is to be respected but Sa Majeste, a widespread 5/1, is the one to side with after claiming the prized scalp of 2022 Grand National winner Noble Yeats in heavy conditions at Limerick in December.

El Fabiolo beat Jonbon in a real thriller in the Arkle 12 months ago and is odds-on favourite to deny his old rival once again when they meet in the Champion Chase – the feature race on day two.

But while they are keeping check on each other’s progress, Alan King’s Edwardstone may steal a lead which cannot be overturned. The 2022 Arkle winner has taken on a new identity as a frontrunner and is our each-way selection at 13/2 with Paddy Power.

Sophie Leech’s Madara can chalk up a hat-trick after good wins at Cheltenham and Leopardstown by taking the Grand Annual at 15/2 with William Hill, while Teeshan is each-way gold at 10/1 with bet365, Coral, Ladbrokes, Bet Victor and others in the closing Champions Bumper.

• Luton grabbed a precious point in their battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League thanks to a late equaliser at Crystal Palace on Saturday and they can return from Bournemouth with another draw at 19/5 with William Hill.

• Coco Gauff is 9/2 with William Hill and Bet Victor to win the women’s singlesat Indian Wells and is 8/11 with BetMGM to close in on the trophy by beating Elise Mertens in straight sets.


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