Cheltenham Festival 2019: Sun Racing ambassador Megan Nicholls is back as she talks through Team Ditcheat's best chances on Day 2

Sadly we didn’t hit the target but we’ve got a few more lined up today, so here’s hoping!

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

I’m a big fan of Battleoverdoyen in this.

He has a lot class and I thought he was seriously impressive last time.

Samcro had a similar profile when he won last year’s renewal and he can bolster the good record of the Irish in this race.

Champ is beatable.

He runs a bit too freely in his races and if he pulls too hard that could just knock the sting out of him.

Battleoverdoyen is a much simpler ride and can sit in behind before pouncing late.

Brewin’upastorm is worth a mention too as he probably would have won the trial for this if hadn’t fallen and Olly Murphy thinks the world of him.

RSA Novices' Chase

We’ve not hidden the fact we like Topofthegame an awful lot.

He’s been beaten twice this year but ran a huge race in the Kauto Star at Kempton and La Bague Au Roi has since gone on to win in Ireland.

Harry says he thought he got to the front a bit soon that day and we may have beaten her had she not been able to eyeball us – who knows.

We pulled well clear of Santini and the conditions and track at Cheltenham should be ideal.

Delta Work is the one to beat.

He won the Pertemps last year and is unbeaten over fences, so clearly has plenty of class.

Coral Cup

We run Brio Conti in the Coral Cup.

He was out of action for quite a while with a bad injury but has returned in top form and won really well at Ascot the last day.

He improved from his reappearance then and I reckon he’s come on again since.

Although he’s not always been the easiest, he has a lot of talent and – touch wood – we’ve had a smooth run up to the Festival this year.

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He has a big chance.

There’s quite a ridiculous number of runners in this race but one that stands out as a danger is Vision Des Flos.

He finished behind Grand Sancy before winning the National Spirit and has been in good form recently.

The only thing that could hinder his challenge is that he’s near the top of the weights.

Champion Chase

Politologue goes in the Champion Chase.

He hasn’t always run his best races at Cheltenham and has been hard to place of late, but dropping down to the minimum trip should help him.

He finished fourth in the race last year but it’s cut up a bit this time. If things don’t go well for the others we could well pick up some prize-money.

Altior is obviously the one to aim for but if there’s to be any chink in his armour then he could be his well-being.

I wasn’t impressed with his win at Ascot last time as he didn’t travel with his usual zest and looked a bit laboured.

He jumped out to his left and can’t afford to that today.

Min is the other obvious one to challenge. We beat him at Aintree last year but he’d a hard season and he’s coming into this a much fresher horse.

Cross Country Chase

We don’t have a runner in the Cross Country but I would love to see Tiger Roll win.

He’s an absolute legend who won over hurdles last time out.

He loves Cheltenham, loves his racing and it would be amazing to see him come home in front.

You have to respect anything that Enda Bolger sends and Josies Orders, who has run well here before, definitely has a chance.

Fact Of The Matter deserves a mention too as he’s brilliant over this course and distance.

Fred Winter

I still can’t believe Dogon is such a big price as I think he can run a huge race in the Fred Winter.

The race will suit him well and I’m looking forward to seeing him out there.

It’s such a hard race to break down but Coko Beach could be on a nice mark.


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Band Of Outlaws is favourite and Joseph O’Brien again has a strong hand in the four-year-old division.

He won his last two over hurdles and although he has plenty of weight he could be good enough to beat them anyway.

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Champion Bumper

We run two in the bumper and our main hope is Ask For Glory.

Harry takes over on him after he won his debut really impressively at Chepstow.

It’s had to know what he beat that day but you can’t take anything away from him and the way he did it.

Rain won’t be a problem for him and the stiffer the stamina test, the better.

He’s a big, strong horse and it will be interesting to see how he handles the step up in grade.

Flic Au Voyou is our other contender.

He finished fourth last year but Dad said afterwards he probably should have left him alone and waited until this season.

He’s proven that he was worth the wait with two strong wins from the front this year and he’s definitely a nice one for the future.

It’s hard to know how good they all are but he’s certainly a nice horse.

Envoi Allen and Blue Sari both look as though they’ll be hard to beat.

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