Day one provided its customary thrills and spills at the Cheltenham Festival, but Wednesday's action will throw up some more mouth-watering clashes with Un De Sceaux's duel with Sprinter Sacre in the Queen Mother Champion Chase the prominent highlight for what is set to be another enthralling day at Prestbury Park, and we preview all day two's action here.
Un De Sceaux Aims To Down Former Champions In Grade 1 Showpiece
Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh teamed up for a memorable treble on the opening day, and the deadly Closutton-based duo will bid for more Cheltenham Festival glory and will team up with Un De Sceaux, who is a red-hot favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, which is the Championship highlight at 3:30pm on Wednesday afternoon.
However, last year's Arkle Trophy hero will face a raft of former champions in the 2m Grade 1 with Sprinter Sacre (2013), Sire De Grugy (2014) and Dodging Bullets (2015) all aiming to reign supreme in what is one of the most hotly-anticipated races of the entire four-day extravaganza.
Yanworth And Yorkhill Do Battle In Neptune Thriller To Open Day Two
Alan King's Yanworth has been a red-hot ante-post favourite for the Neptune Novices' Hurdle ever since he stormed to victory at Cheltenham's Festival Trials Day in January, but the JP McManus-owned charge will face a lively contender in the Wednesday curtain-raiser as Yorkhill will go for glory for the aforementioned Mullins/Walsh combination.
A Toi Phil will be the second shot fired by the Mullins' gun, but the betting for the race could well be dominated by the front two in the market, who will head into the Grade 1 event with an unblemished record over timber this term, and it's sure to ignite another memorable day at GL50.
More Of That And No More Heroes Clash In RSA Chase
Britain took a 4-3 lead after day one in the BetBright Cup, but the home brigade will lock horns with their Irish adversaries in the second race of the day at 2:05pm, and More Of That will fly the flag for the home team in the RSA Chase, but No More Heroes is sure to be a popular runner for the travelling Emerald Isle contingent in what is another scrumptious clash.
Both have blossomed over fences this season, with More Of That aiming to add this crown to a CV that already possesses a World Hurdle title, but in No More Heroes, the Irish have arguably the most exciting staying novice chaser, and they will serve up a real hum-dinger.
Josies Could Be Order Of The Day In Other Races
Josies Orders has been a dominant figure over the Cross Country fences at Cheltenham this season, and the Irish raider will be a warm order for that idiosyncratic contest at 4:10pm on Wednesday afternoon, but crowd favourite Balthazar King will be aiming to regain his crown.
Elsewhere, the Coral Cup and Fred Winter will provide punters a real head-scratching task in what are two of the most competitive races of the entire week, while the Champion Bumper will throw up the fourth Grade 1 of the day, with Ballyandy and Augusta Kate likely to be in contention for what is an ultra-competitive betting heat.