Cheltenham Festival 2023
Day Two - Ladies Day
Wednesday 15th March
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|Ladies Day - Wednesday 15th March
13:30 - Ballymore Novices HurdleThis Grade 1 contest has gone the way of Ireland in each of the past five years and the visitors are expected to mount another serious challenge, although impressive Newbury winner Hermes Allen could be a key contender in the race for Paul Nicholls.
14:10 - Brown Advisory Novices' Chase
L'Homme Presse helped Britain regain their hold on this race last season, having won it in five of the past seven years. Don't be surprised if a contender for the 2024 Gold Cup emerges in this 3m Grade 1.
14:50 - The Coral CupThis 2m5f contest was won by the Gordon Elliott-trained Commander Of Fleet last year and is ripe for a shock, with winners at 50-1, 28-1 and 20-1 in the last four years, although Nicky Henderson did win it with 5-1 favourite Dame De Compagnie in 2020 and he is likely to have a few targeted for this.
15:30 - The Queen Mother Champion ChaseThe feature race of day two is the crowning jewel for two-mile chasers and worth a massive £400,000. Energumene was a dominant winner last year after Shishkin was pulled up, but there could be some younger rivals snapping at his heels this time.
16:10 - Cross Country ChaseThis race last year was an absolute thriller as Delta Work denied the legendary Tiger Roll on his farewell appearance. Last year's winner is expected to line-up once more, and his challenge is set to come from some of his counterparts in Ireland.
16:50 - Grand Annual Challenge Cup ChaseNot many horses managed to get into this race last year as Global Citizen and Editeur Du Gite forced the pace on soft ground. Novice chasers are often favoured in the betting for this 2m handicap, but it has been won by veterans like Croco Bay, too.
17:30 - Weatherbys Champion Bumper ChaseThe festival's only Flat race with a proven record at producing superstars. Facile Vega gave Willie Mullins his 12th win in the race last year after each of the three preceding runnings had been won by Cheveley Park Stud with Envoi Allen, Ferny Hollow and Sir Gerhard.