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Sam Boswell is back with his look at the Cheltenham Festival Day Two action as he looks to push after a mixed opening day, with another quality day of racing ahead.

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Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

We kick off with a red-hot favourite in the Ballymore. Plenty has questioned why Willie Mullins has sent his Champion Bumper winner, Sir Gerhard, up in trip for the first time and this has posed punters with a question mark about his ability over further.

If his two runs this season tell us anything, he could have more in the tank. More evidence that he will get the trip could be his sole run in a point to point over three miles which he won. The final plus point, and why I am happy to back him at odds on, is that there is enough in his breeding to suggest he can not only cope but excel with this trip.

Journey With Me and Stage Star make an each-way appeal, with both arriving having looked good this season.

That said, I will go with the favourite to follow the likes of Yorkhill and Faugheen to give Willie Mullins another novice hurdle winner at the Festival.

Sir Gerhard to win

Brown Advisory Novices' Chase

Don’t call it the RSA… Don’t call it the RSA… Right onto the RSA Chase!

Which just to confuse you is now the Brown Advisory. Rubbish jokes about the name aside, this should be a cracker. This is also a race I am prepared to give a bold view on. Ahoy Senor won’t be in the finishing three. For me, this horse has been a prime example of an overhyped UK novice chaser.

There are quite a few I am prepared to move past quickly. Threeunderthufive is in the wrong race for me and should have run yesterday, Capodanno is an interesting one, but makes too many errors for my liking.

At the prices, I am quite keen to back Farouk D’Alene. He looks versatile on the ground which is ideal given the uncertain forecast and has some nice form which took a boost yesterday when Stattler ran out an impressive winner of the National Hunt Chase.

At 12/1 he represents outstanding value in my view as an each-way play.

Farouk D’Alene ew.

Coral Cup

Just the max field size of 26 in the Coral which is always a devilishly hard race to find the winner of.

Good Risk At All is the first reserve and many ante-post players will be furious he doesn’t make it in. Saint Felicien has been one of those typical preview night chat horses, “graded horse in a handicap”, and that could be the case, but with extra places on offer, I will have a look at two potential big price plays.

Tronador won a grade three at the Grand National meeting last year with a certain Edwardstone back in third. He has enough big field handicap experience for my eye, and I don’t have too many concerns over the break, having not been since Galway in the Summer.

His mark of 134 is no freebie but I think he can run into a place here. If he doesn’t there is every chance the big-priced Mars Harper can. The six-year-old just squeaked in at the foot of the weights keeping, out the ante-post favourite. He could be very interesting based on his Leopardstown run at Christmas and is another each-way play here.

Tronador ew

Mars Harper ew

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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