Cheltenham Festival tips: Templegate's best bets for Champion Chase on day two of greatest show on turf

ARE you all still standing after day one?

Well, win or lose, the action returns thick and fast for day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

And the good news is you have come to the No 1 destination for the best picks.


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SunSport tipster Steve Mullen – Templegate to you and me – has been poring over the form for months.

Here, he reveals which runners he thinks can land the spoils, and bag you a small fortune in the process.

POLITOLOGUE (3.05 Cheltenham, nap – best bet)

He didn’t get the credit he deserved for winning this last season. Like today, Altior was missing and plenty of people said Paul Nicholls’ runner didn’t have a lot to beat.

But it was still the Champion Chase and he won it brilliantly by galloping them into the ground. He looks overpriced to go close again.

GAILLARD DU MESNIL (1.20 Cheltenham, nb – next best)

He has looked a potential superstar this season and was highly impressive when winning the Grade 1 Golden Cygnet at Leopardstown last month.

He saw out the slightly longer trip there and that staying power will be a real asset. That smart effort was just his third run over timber and there’s more to come.

CHOSEN MATE (4.15 Cheltenham, treble – chuck in for a big win)

He was impressive when winning this race 12 months ago and returns from just 2lb higher when taking his rider’s claim into account.

His whole campaign has been geared around coming back here with a run on the Flat and over hurdles before a couple of quiet spins over fences.

That should see him spot-on for fitness and we know this trip and track are ideal.


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1.20 Gaillard Du Mesnil (nb)

Improving fast and plenty in hand when winning a Grade 1 last time.

1.55 Monkfish

Won at last year’s Festival and looks a superstar over fences already.

2.30 Grand Roi

Will improve for this longer trip on handicap debut.


Last year’s winner can go very close again over ideal trip.

3.40 Some Neck

Won here last time and good price to hit the frame again.

4.15 Chosen Mate (treble)

Won this last year and trained to peak again today.

4.50 Sir Gerhard

Three easy wins so far and can take another big step forward.

Don't forget, there are more races going on around the UK on Wednesday and Templegate has a pick in those too.


12.35   Solwara One   

Brings much the strongest form into this race.

1.10     Mackie Dee

Good winner over course and distance and has more to come.

1.45     Maliboo          

Been going close at this level and doesn’t need a lot more.

2.20     Powerston Park          

Won easily on Monday and this looks no tougher on hat-trick bid.

2.55     Bombyx           

Good Flat form and should make a decent hurdler.

3.30     Max Dynamo  

Won this last year and needed his comeback at Leicester last time.

4.00     Lebowski         

Knocking on the door and good chance to get off the mark.


1.30     Hey Ho Let’s Go          

Good run last time and this longer trip should suit well.

2.05     Clashaniska     

Plenty in hand when winning over course and distance last time.

2.40     Alpha King       

Bred to be classy and went close on debut at Newcastle latest.

3.15     Beat Le Bon     

Has winning form here and ran on well at Newcastle last time.

3.50     Unforgiving Minute    

Keeps winning at this level and looks hard to beat.

4.25     Renardeau      

Capable of landing a fourth course and distance win.

5.00     Convertible     

Went close here last time and Oisin Murphy gets on board.


4.05     Brown Delivers           

Good run at Chelmsford last time and more to come.

4.40     Cristal Pallas Cat         

Has won better races than this and trip suits.

5.15     Air Of York      

Missed kick last time and handicapped for big run if breaking better.

5.45     Ridgeway Avenue       

Improved effort when second at Yarmouth when last seen.

6.20     Epic Express    

Went close at Chelmsford latest and should be right there again.

6.50     Uzincso           

Has landed five wins over this course and distance.

7.20     Vibrance          

Went close here last time and saves best for this trip.

7.50     Love Destiny   

Finished strongly when a close fourth here last time out.

8.20     Last Page         Down the weights and likes this course and distance.


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