Day two saw Tiger Roll, well, roll back the years his the 11-year-old dual Grand National winner returned to his best form to storm to a fifth Cheltenham Festival victory and his third in the Glenfarclas Chase.
That was after Bob Olinger and Monkfish underlined their favourite tags by cleaning up earlier in the day. Heaven Help Us at 33-1 surprised many in the Coral Cup.
Today’s highlight is Paisley Park’s attempt to regain the Stayers’ Hurdle, first won in 2019 before a heart problem last year saw her finish seventh behind Lisnagar Oscar.
Hot favourite Envoi Allen is widely expected to kick off Thursday with a win in the opening Marsh Novices’ Chase. One punter has already pocketed £275,000 from a £5 accumulator bet after accepting a cash-out offer.
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Punter cashes out
You will have seen Paul Dean’s remarkable acca on the line ahead of today. He stood to win £511,000 if Envoi Allen at 4/9 won the first race.
Well, he’s accepted Betfair’s improved cash-out offer of £275,000. Will he regret that?
Race card today
Here’s the order of the day.
1.20pm: Marsh Novices’ Chase
1.55pm: Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle
3.05pm: Stayers’ Hurdle
3.40pm: Festival Plate Handicap Chase
4.15pm: Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
4.50pm: Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase
Good morning and welcome to Day Three of Cheltenham Festival!
That’s our lot for day two. Thanks for reading and we’ll see you for day three!
A superb ride from Rachael Blackmore, who was arguably on the second-best horse. She dictated a muddling pace and Kilcruit, ridden by Paul Townend, probably gave her too much rope. That takes her to three winners, with Willie Mullins on three and Henry de Bromhead on three.
The first four in the betting here are Irish-trained, with Elle Est Belle (24-1) the shortest-price home hope.
I hope you’re enjoying our coverage. I get the feel this bumper could be a bit special. I like Cool Jet at 50-1.
That’s one back for the British. 10-3 at the moment. There’s 20 minutes to the last race. Kilcruit is a hot, hot favourite.