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Altior and Tiger Roll help stem the tide for Cheltenham backers

Bookmakers were on the receiving end on day two of the Cheltenham Festival

Results went punters’ way to square things up with bookmakers after two days at the Cheltenham Festival.

Old favourites such as Tiger Roll (5-4) and Altior (4-11) justified their short prices by repeating their victories in the Glenfarclas and Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase respectively to help turn the tide.

Band Of Outlaws (7-2) in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle and Envoi Allen (2-1) in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper saw market leaders being successful in the last four races on the card, after the first three contests had seen mixed results through City Island (8-1) Topofthegame (4-1) and William Henry (28-1).

Coral’s David Stevens said: “City Island’s win in the opening race and William Henry’s Coral Cup success meant more pain for the punters on day two, but Tiger Roll is more reliable than a cash machine at Cheltenham.

“With his fourth Festival win being followed immediately by victory for the well-backed Band Of Outlaws, the bookies have been reminded that this week is not as easy as it looked on day one.”

Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield felt the pain for the layers.

He said: “Punters have drawn level, if not 2-1 up, after the last four favourites obliged.

“Envoi Allen landing the lucky last meant some chunky multiples clicked as well and the bookies were a lot happier a day ago.”

The third day of the Festival is labelled St Patrick’s Thursday and following two rollovers this week, the Scoop6 is estimated to reach £450,000 in combined funds.

The win fund will start Thursday morning worth £176,853 in the pool with the bonus fund ballooning to £111,763.

Totepool spokesman Matt Hulmes said: “William Henry did the most damage in Wednesday’s Scoop6 and Band Of Outlaws finished the job. It means we will have another big pot to shoot at on St Patrick’s Thursday with an estimated £450k shared between the win and bonus pots.”

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