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CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: Day Two
This live event has finished
- Feature race: Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.20)
- Sire de Grugy justifies his short odds with stunning victory
- Nico De Boinville has first Festival winner with Whisper in Coral Cup, for Nicky Henderson
- Smad Place second for Alan King in RSA Chase
- Tweet using the hashtag #adverfest or comment below
Join me again tomorrow for Day Three, which features the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase, among other exciting races.
That concludes the coverage of today's racing. Look out for the Adver tomorrow, where I will have roundd up everything that happened today. There is sure to be a focus on the brilliant win for Nico de Boinville on Whisper, for Nicky Henderson.
1. Silver Concorde
3. Joshua Lane
4. Black Hercules
AP McCoy is tracking the leader on Definitely Red
Black Hercules leads at the start
And they're off...
Our Kaempfer just took a bit of time to join the pack there
22 horses will contest this last race.
Word in the paddock is that Value At Risk and Vigil are two to look out for.
It's another big field, so it's hard to call a winner in this. The favourite is Shaneshill, another Walsh-Mullins combination.
No local trainers in this. AP McCoy is set to ride Definitely Red for trainer Steve Gollings
Last race of the day coming up at 5.15pm. It is the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, a Grade 1 over 2m110y. For those of you who don't know, a 'bumper' is a flat race for national hunt horses.
For those taking note, four leaf clovers clearly don't bring good luck.
It was a nasty fall for Clarcam, let's hope him and jockey Bryan Cooper are alright.
AP McCoy's Cheltenham Festival is not going to plan. He fell early on, on Goodwood Mirage.
1. Hawk High
3. Orgilgo Bay
The winner there was Hawk High
Clarcam had taken the lead but then fell
Orgilgo Bay is in second, behind Azza
Ballyglasheen has been pulled up
Azza is the early leader
And they're off...
The horses are at the start
Katgary for Paul Nicholls should put in a good run, according to a connection in the paddock. David Pipe’s Azza is another hopeful.
If you are a keen follower of Ruby Walsh at Cheltenham, he rides Ivan Grozny, who wears a tongue tie for the first time.
AP McCoy rides Goodwood Mirage for Jonjo O’Neill.
My pick of the paddock is number 12, Goodwood Mirage, purely because the stable lads have carefully groomed four leaf clovers onto it:
Nicky Henderson has the favourite, Dawalan.
Coming up at 4.40 we have the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.
If that race had been even a metre longer, Any Currency would have taken that.
That was very, very close. Winning distance was a short head.
1. Balthazar King
2. Any Currency
3. Big Shu
4. Duke Of Lucca
Baltahazar King and Any Currency fighting it out
Any Currency battles back
They are still a long way from home
Balthazar King takes the lead
Balthazar King into second
Any Currency leads
They are into the final mile, Sire Collonges still leads
Diamond Harry pulled up
Sire Collonges and Any Currency still lead
Big mistake by Any Currency
All 16 runners are still going
They've navigated the cheese wedge
This a pretty bizarre race to watch, with that double hedge and bank
Same order still
Balthazar King in fourth, Sizing Australia in fifth
Any Currency in second, Duke of Lucca in third
Sire Collonges leads
And they're off...
They are just lining up for the race now.
There are 16 runners in this
There are no local trainers or jockeys in this (to my knowledge), so I will pick an Enda Bolger horse to win this, and of those I favour Love Rory.
If you like your statistics, then you will be backing an Irish horse in this, considering an Irish-trained horse has won 8 of the 9 editions of this race.
Next up at 4pm is the cross country chase (Glenfarclas Handicap Chase), which is run over a different course. The varied styles of fences come with interesting names, from 'cheese wedges' to 'stuffed hurdles'.
Somersby and Sizing Europe, two relative veterans, also ran very well to get in the places. Nicky Henderson's two horses, on the other hand, ran pretty poorly.
That was a popular winner indeed! Father-son partnership, favourite wins, it's a good story.
Winning jockey was Jamie Moore, winning trainer his father Gary Moore
1. Sire De Grugy
4. Sizing Europe
Sire de Grugy leads and is storming up the hill
Sire de Grugy is coming
Somersby now leads
Sizing Europe and Special Tiara lead
Arvika Ligeonniere has dropped off the leaders
Special Tiara leads
Hinterland unseated, Baily Green fell
Sizing Europe is in fourth
Somersby moves through to take the lead
Captain Conan has been pulled up, was never travelling
Great jump for Arvika Ligeonniere
Somersby and Arvika Ligeonniere at the front with Special Tiara
Special Tiara takes the early lead
And they're off...
They are about to start.
Somersby could return to his best, for Swindon-born trainer Mick Channon.
12-year-old Sizing Europe is back to try and win this, after his victory in 2011.
Nicky Henderson is looking for a hat-trick Champion Chase, after Finian's Rainbow in 2011 and Sprinter Sacre in 2012.
Many think Sire de Grugy is a ridiculous price for a horse that hasn’t won at Cheltenham, won’t particularly like the drying ground, and has been beaten by two horses in this race, Kid Cassidy and Captain Conan. However, the Gary Moore-trained 8-year-old did look an impressive novice last season, and could prove the doubters wrong.
Nicky Henderson has two runners in this, without Sprinter Sacre, with Kid Cassidy and Captain Conan.
Now for the feature race of the day, the favourite for which is Sire de Grugy, who has been backed into 11/4.
Winning trainer Nicky Henderson said: "We needed that, Nico gave him a very good ride."
Nico de Boinville on his first Cheltenham winner, and first Cheltenham Festival winner: "Unreal. It's unbelievable, a very good experience."
Just before we build up to the Champion Chase at 3.20pm, I heard from Nico de Boinville.
Nico de Boinville has his first Cheltenham winner
2. Get Me Out Of Here
5. Dell' Arca
We wait for the result of the Photo Finish.
Its a very close finish between Whisper and Get Me Out Of Here
Get Me Out Of Here coming up for AP McCoy
Whisper, Cotton Mill and Yesyoucan just behind
Clondaw Kaempfer in second, behind 2012 winner Son of Flicka
Vendor is at the back
Son of Flicka leads
And they're off...
They are just making their way to the start.
From the rest, Cotton Mill and Far West have been tipped by some of the pundits.
The favourite is Dell' Arca, who is shortening as I type. Bayan is not far off.
AP McCoy rides Get Me Out Of Here for Jonjo O’Neill, and Felix de Giles rides Foxcub for Tom Symonds, which is the lowest weight of 10st 7lbs.
Nicky Henderson has Whisper, ridden by Nico de Boinville, which has the second weight of 11st 11lbs.
Alan King had a 1-2 in this last year, when Medinas stormed home in front of Meister Eckhart. This year, the latter of those returns, and King will hope he can go one better. King also has Vendor, who will be ridden by Jack Doyle.
Next up is the Coral Cup, a Grade 3 handicap hurdle over 2m5f. This race is notoriously hard to call, and the favourites don’t typically do well in it. First let’s look at the local trainers and jockeys in this.
Barry Geraghty riding O'Faolains Boy, trained by Rebecca Curtis, into the winners' enclosure
1. O'Faolains Boy
2. Smad Place
3. Morning Assembly
O'Faolains Boy wins, from Smad Place
Ballycasey and Smad Place battling it out at the front
Smad Place now in fourth
Corrin Wood taking some leaps here, Don Cossack falls
Black Thunder falls
Another dodgy jump for Corrin Wood but he still leads
Ballycasey jumping well under Ruby Walsh
Smad Place is travelling well
Corrin Wood still leads
Le Bec is at the front of the main pack
Corrin Wood takes the early lead, frorm Annacotty
And they're off
If Ballycasey wins this it will be yet another Walsh-Mullins victory.
Horses making their way down to the start now. Quite a few greys in this for those of you who like them: Ballycasey, Corrin Wood, Gevrey Chambertin and Smad Place.
The last 7 winners of this race have been seven years old, which the majority of the runners today are, but on that statistic AP’s ride may be a year too old.
Lambourn trainer Oliver Sherwood also has Many Clouds, and Champion Jockey AP McCoy rides Carlingford Lough for John Kiely.
Alan King will be hoping his Smad Place can upset the favourite Ballycasey. King said to me recently: “[Smad Place] ticks a lot of the boxes, and he has been placed at the last two Festivals, which is important. There are certain horses that show they can go and take the atmosphere in their stride.”
There are 15 runners in this Grade 1.
Next up we have the RSA Chase at 2.05pm.
A very happy Ruby Walsh. He said: "Going for the last I thought 'Gees I hope I get this right, I don't want to fluff this' and he hit it spot on and pinged it!"
What a finish for Faugheen, Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins have another winner
Faugheen is streaking clear for Ruby Walsh
Ruby Walsh is making his move on Faugheen
Creepy has joined Cole Harden, Faugheen just behind
One circuit to go
Gavin Sheehan sees a flier on Cole Harden
They've just jumped the third hurdle and Cole Harden (trained by Warren Greatrex) still leads
Cole Harden is the early leader
And they're off...
Shanahan's Turn was just delaying proceedings, but is making his way down to the start now.
Almost ready for our first race of the day.
The horses are just making their way down to the track. Second favourite Red Sherlock has shortened to 4/1, Faugheen still 6/4.
Faugheen looking very calm in the paddock. I never go for the favourite but he looks the most focused of these youngsters.
The New One won this last year for Nigel Twiston-Davies, and Simonsig the year before for Nicky Henderson, so the winner often turns into a useful hurdler.
Another local trainer with a runner in this is Warren Greatrex, who has Cole Harden. Despite being beaten by 16 lengths on his most recent outing, this gelding has won three times this season.
Nicky Henderson has two in this, Cocktails at Dawn and Cup Final, who will be saddled by AP McCoy. Henderson was due to have three runners, but Royal Boy was reportedly lame this morning so is a non-runner.
The stand-alone favourite in this is Faugheen, currently at 6/4 in most places
So, first up is the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race. This is run over 2m5f, and is a Grade 1 hurdle, with 15 runners.
First things first, here is today's racecard:
1.30 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race
2.05 RSA Steeple Chase
2.40 Coral Cup
3.20 BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
4.05 Glenfarclas Handicap Steeple Chase
4.40 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race
5.15 Weatherbys Champion Bumper
I've just seen Nicky Henderson leave the weighing room with saddle in hand, and with half an hour to go it is time to build up to the first race of the day.
The sun has just come out, and the fog has mostly cleared. Great news!
Are you at Cheltenham today, watching from home or sneakily updating at work? Have any strong opinions on Sire de Grugy being such a short price in the Champion Chase? Or any shrewd tips to give?
I would love to hear from you, either tweet using the hashtag #adverfest or to me directly @lauralambert8 or you can comment below.
The official going today is Good, Good to Soft in places on the Chase and Hurdle course, and Good to Soft, Soft in places on the Cross Country course
It's pretty chilly outside today! This was the view down the racecourse about 20 minutes ago, and you can see the fog was quite set in. It may well clear by the time of racing if the sun comes out.
Welcome to the Swindon Advertiser live text feed of day two at the Cheltenham Festival. I am Laura Lambert and will be here from now until after the last race, giving you details of the runners and riders, statistics, jockey and trainer views, race results and some photos of the day.
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