Willie Mullins eyes massive £325,000 payday with heavily backed favourites on day two of Cheltenham Festival

Willie Mullins is eyeing up a monster £325,000 payday on the second day of Cheltenham Festival.

The Irish trainer – the most successful in Festival history – saddles four huge chances today.

First up is Gaillard Du Mesnil, who was plummeted in price amid a surge of market support in the 1.20.


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The five-year-old is now just 2-1 to claim the £52,753 first-place prize.

Bob Olinger, trained by Henry de Bromhead remains the favourite at 13-8 but is on the drift in the market.

The banker of the day is the unstoppable Monkfish, who is just 1-3 to land the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase at 1.55.

Victory there will secure the whopping £73,854 first-place prize.

And it should be a formality, with Eklat De Rire second in the betting at a distant 10-1.

Onto the big race of the day and Mullins has another odds-on favourite there with Chacun Pour Soi.

Paul Townend is the jockey tasked with landing the Queen Mother Champion Chase at 3.05.

The winner collects £168,810 there.

And again it should be another dead-cert, with Politologue and Put The Kettle On joint second favourites at 10-1.

Mullins can enjoy a couple of races off then before the Champion Bumper at 4.50.

And he has two huge chances of the £31,652 winner's cheque in that race.

Kilcruit leads the betting as 6-4 favourite, but Mullins' other runner, Sir Gerhard, is close in behind at just 2-1.

And should both of those have a shocker then Ramillies could spring a surprise at 14-1, or Grangee at 22-1.


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There is even Cool Jet at 50-1 who could make up the minor spots.

Victory in those four races would result in a total win of £327,069, excluding any place money.

All in all it means the crack Irish trainer is set for yet more cash after a big day one in which he had a stunning winner with Appreciate It.


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