Cheltenham Open Meeting Day 2

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Last month TOUR DES CHAMPS finished 2nd to Balthazar King, who came out and won nicely yesterday. You need a horse who will stay well in this race and Tour Des Champs shows that he can do that with his Scottish National 4th. In the Scottish National he was a long way behind the winner Godsmejudge, however the Alan King horse has to carry 15lbs extra compared to Tour Des Champs, which is 10lbs more than when they last met.

Bradley is fancied at the bottom of the weights but Tour Des Champs beat him by four lengths last month, with Bradley receiving 3lbs and I see no reason for that for to be reversed in receipt of 1lbs.

As a six year old and running off 10st 1lbs Tour Des Champs looks potentially the best handicapped and open to the most improvement, add into that the form of Balthazar King from yesterday and I’d be happy to back him at 7.00.

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Back Tour Des Champs at 9.00 – William Hill

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I’ve seen¬†RAJDHANI EXPRESS in the flesh twice, once at Kempton and once at Cheltenham, both times I was impressed by how impressive and ‘determined’ he was to win. He’s won over course and distance and has less question marks over whether he’s good enough. To be honest the only question mark I have is whether the ground will have enough cut in it. He’s been targeted at this race since he won at Ayr back in April, he had Tap Night in behind so a line’s going through him.

Of the others Wishful Thinking is well in at the weights on a line through Finnian’s Rainbow, who cannot be trusted. Although the Henderson horse is potentially well in at the weights on past form I can’t trust him after an awful last season. Ballynagour is the current favourite but he’s never won a graded race and emptied last time at Cheltenham. He may be well handicapped but he’s being asked to win a tough race and has already had bleeding issues, that puts me off. Champion Court is second favourite and has form in the book throughout his career, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win, but he has shown on a couple of occasions that he doesn’t like a battle I also don’t know how much he can improve.

Rajdhani Express looks open to improvement, Sam Waley-Cohen takes an extra 5lbs off his back and I think that makes him even more attractive at the weights and prices.

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Back Rajdhani Express at 13.00 – William Hill

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