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PADDY POWER’S DAILY CHELTENHAM COLUMN: Our racing icon Ruby Walsh reckons Edwardstone is the one to beat in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, while the central London fanzone promises to be a cracker!

  • The second day of the Cheltenham Festival promises to bring thrills and spills
  • Ruby Walsh, 43, is backing Edwardstone for the Queen Mother Champion Chase
  • Click here for the latest Cheltenham Festival news, schedule and race results

That was a special opening day at the Cheltenham Festival. The roar that went up ahead of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle sent a shiver down the spine and we can expect more, more and more of the same on Day 2.

The trouble with Cheltenham is trying to work out where you focus your gaze as every race is like the World Cup final. However, the Queen Mother Champion Chase has an Oscar-winning cast list that commands your attention on Wednesday afternoon.

Edwardstone leads the betting at 6/4, with Energumene not far behind at 13/8 for Willie Mullins. And in the opinion of Cheltenham legend Ruby Walsh, the jockey on board Edwardstone holds all the aces.

‘Tom Cannon will revert and ride Edwardstone like he rode him in the Arkle last year. He is the one to beat,’ Ruby told Paddy Power News, where you can get the best tips and our legendary Cheat Sheet for every day of the Festival.

‘I didn’t think that would be the case leaving Cheltenham last year. I thought Energumene would be too good for Edwardstone, who was already an eight-year-old but to me Edwardstone has improved this year.

Ruby Walsh believes Edwardstone is the favourite to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase

‘He’s a better horse this year than last year and I think he’ll win the Champion Chase. I don’t think the tactics got Energumene beat in the Clarence House. I just wasn’t sure there was the same spark.’

The hangovers from Tuesday are barely subsiding and we are in to round two on Wednesday afternoon. 

Yet it would be wrong not to leave everything out there on this most special of weeks.

So I need to alert you to the ultimate Cheltenham party that will be taking place at our Paddy Power Fanzone in London on Friday. 

The final day of the Festival tends to be a day when the fatigue has well and truly set in, but we have a cure for that issue.

We are taking over Greenwood Sports Pub and Kitchen in central London for a shindig that will make this St Patrick’s Day the best you’ve ever had.

Former Irish jockey Walsh told Paddy Power News that Tom Cannon’s horse is the one to beat

You’ve got to be over 18 to attend and everyone lucky enough to land some tickets will be able to get their hands on some of our legendary Paddy Power pants!

Perhaps best of all, we’ve giving away £10,000 at each of our three venues, and the entry ticket to the venue bags you a place in the competition.

So if you fancy watching all the racing on Friday at The Festival with like-minded folk, big screens, prizes and more fun than you can shake a Peaky Blinders cap at, hurry over and book your tickets.

Head to and search for Paddy Power Fanzone now to secure your spot

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