Cheltenham tips: Frank Hickey’s top tips for day two at Cheltenham

Frank was speaking on the latest episode of our From the Horse's Mouth podcast.

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1.30PM BALLYMORE NOVICE’S HURDLE – THE BIG GETAWAY (WITHOUT ENVOI ALLEN)

It’s very hard to see Envoi Allen beaten. He’s got the course form, he won the Bumper last year. He’s unbeaten.

The without market could be most interesting. Depending what price The Big Getaway is without Envoi Allen, that’ll be what I’ll back. I think there’s a big race in him.

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Longhouse Poet is interesting. If he can hang on to them after the second last then I could see him running on strong up the hill. He’s one I wouldn’t be surprised to see place.

I think this race might come a bit soon for the Big Breakaway. He might be just a bit inexperienced. Sporting John has been impressive but he’s very short in the betting.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Longhouse Poet run into a place.

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2.10PM RSA CHASE – MINELLO INDO

I’m a little bit worried about Allaho’s stamina, but I do think he’s a very classy horse. Champ as well I’m not convinced.

Minella Indo looks the rock-solid option. When he was second at Goran to Laurina the trip appeared to be too short. He was satisfactory up at Navan. I think there’s very few negatives about him, and there’s just a few question marks about a few here who are up against Minello Indo. He looks a solid one.

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2.50PM CORAL CUP – EGLANTINE DU SEUIL

This is a very competitive one. When Eglantine Du Seuil ran at Leopardstown at the Dublin Racing Festival she caught my eye. She made a big move out wide got to the front before her run flattened out.

Straight away at that point I said ‘that’s what I want to be on in the Coral Cup’. Rachael Blackmore gets the ride, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you can get 20/1 here in a market we’re paying six places.

I would keep a close eye on Canardier in the market too. It’s his first start for Willie Mullins and could benefit if the ground dries out by Wednesday. He could play a part if the weather helps him.

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4.10PM CROSS COUNTRY CHASE – TIGER ROLL

Tiger Roll will win. I just can’t see anyone challenging him in this one.

5.30PM CHAMPION BUMPER – FERNY HOLLOW

Backing a horse like Appreciate It at such a low price in a Bumper like this is probably not the way to go. He’s obviously very, very good, but the price isn’t enticing.

Ferny Hollow had a bit of a reputation earlier in the year. I could see if the race is run at a blinding gallop he could break into the picture. He’d be the each/way play for me.

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UPDATE: Chacun Pour Soi has been ruled out of the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Trainer Willie Mullins confirmed this morning a foot abscess means he won’t be featuring at the Festival.