Champion Bumper

Distance - 2m 87yds

The Bumper. What a way to finish Day Two, ay? With a race that any horse can win.

Previous winners have been 40/1, 14/1, 16/1, 25/1, 16/1 and 9/2.

The Irish usually hold all the aces here but the Brits did have the winner last year. Moon Racer landed a bit of a gamble from the David Pipe yard but he has no entries this year.

That man Willie Mullins usually runs a handful of horses and it would be no surprise if he won this race for the 9th time in 21 years.


A horse that I'm really interested in is Jessica Harrington's New To This Town. He's won both of his starts on heavy ground beating Avenir D'une Vie most recently. I don't think New To This Town liked the ground that day but still ran out a just under 2l winner. Being out of Milan I'd expect this horse to improve significantly for better ground and if he can find any improvement at all then he must be solid selection. New To This Town is a very interesting runner for Jessica Harrington who is hoping to win this race for the first time since 2007.

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Willie Mullins has already said that this horse shows absolutely nothing at home but Augusta Kate really turns it on when she gets on a racecourse. This mare out of Yeats has won twice from two appearances, first time up at Listowel she bolted up by 23l's and then at Navan she won by 7l's. She has obvious claims on that form and its no surprise to see her somewhere near the top of the market.

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A lot of good Irish horses have been sent over the water to try and beat Ballyandy but they've failed to do so. Nigel Twiston Davies seems smug about Ballyandy's chances here. He's already won at Cheltenham and that's a big positive but favourites have only won three of the last sixteen renewals of this race. This is Nigel's first runner in this race since 2013 and he clearly fancies it to put up a good performance.

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High Bridge is well worth a mention after he gave away 7lb's to all of his rivals at Catterick last time out and still trounced them. Aidan Coleman will ride and he's already said that High Bridge is his best chance of a winner at the Cheltenham Festival.

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