It’s day two at the Greatest Show on Turf after the action on the track lived up to expectations on day one. Rachael Blackmore made history with Honeysuckle in the Champion Hurdle, the red-hot bankers Appreciate It and Shishkin took the first two races and even a popular grey hit the target in Vintage Clouds.
Today sees Chacun Pour Soi facing a critical Cheltenham mission as he bids to complete master trainer Willie Mullins’ full set of Festival titles in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
The challengers are headed by Paul Nicholls’ title-holder Politologue and Dan Skelton’s Nube Negra.
The action kicks off with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, which sees Bob Olinger, trained by Henry De Bromhead and ridden by Rachael Blackmore, the favourite.
Elsewhere, Tiger Roll will be bidding to reclaim his crown and become the first three-time winner of the Cross Country Chase.
The 11-year-old claimed the prize in 2018 and 2019, but last season’s attempt at a third consecutive win was foiled by the French-trained Easysland.
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It looks to be another largely clear and dry day at Cheltenham today, with only a few clouds.
Here’s the latest from the Met Office:
Temperature: 9 – 12 degrees Celsius
Day two tips
Today’s tips at a glance, from Johnny Ward.
2.30: Sneaky Getaway, EW 14-1
3.05: Chacun Pour Soi, 10-11
Lay of the land
The going is good to soft-soft in places at Cheltenham today.
1.20pm: Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
1.55pm: Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase
2.30pm: Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
3.05pm: Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
3.40pm: Glenfarclas Chase (Cross Country Chase)
4.15pm: Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase
4.50pm: Weatherbys Champion Bumper
Good morning and welcome to day two at Cheltenham Festival.
Irish have an edge on day one
Thanks for your readership today. We had remarkable performances from three of the hot favourites, Appreciate It, Shishkin and Honeysuckle, but the defeat of Concertista by a head saved the bookmakers to some extent. “We got away with murder,” one firm’s representative said to me.
We had a reasonable day on the tipping but if you are up or down, do remember there are three days left!
Destination in the last?
Just the one race left on day one, with just over 15 minutes to post. I’m coupling the Sneezy Foster pair here, Escaria Ten and Galvin. Favourite is Next Destination at 3.75.
Would need to watch that again but, despite his SP, Jeff Kidder ran well. He powered up the hill, overtaking Saint Sam, who was sent off favourite and ran a blinder. This is jockey Sean Flanagan’s third win only in Britain.