Siruh Du Lac maintained his rapid improvement with a gutsy front-running display under Lizzie Kelly to win the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.
Paisley Park survived a last-flight blunder to justify favouritism and record a fairytale success for his connections in the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Emma Lavelle’s seven-year-old – whose owner Andrew Gemmell has been blind from birth – had enjoyed a perfect season to date with four impressive victories which saw punters send him off at 11-8.
Bryony Frost became the first woman to ride a Grade One winner over jumps at the Cheltenham Festival after Frodon produced a tremendous front-running performance in the Ryanair Chase.
Sire Du Berlais delighted favourite-backers with a last-gasp victory under an inspired Barry Geraghty in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham. Trained by Gordon Elliott and owned by JP McManus, the seven-year-old had caught the eye when finishing sixth in a Pertemps Qualifier at Leopardstown in December and was a heavily-backed 4-1 market leader for what was his first start since.
Willie Mullins has bagged pretty much every big prize in the calendar, and has a string of titles to his name, but the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup has proved elusive so far. As he tries again this year with three more big-race hopes, we look back on the blue riband near-misses for the master of Closutton.
Golfer Lee Westwood is celebrating after scooping more than £48,000 on a multiple bet on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.
Day two of the Cheltenham Festival was saved from possible postponement when forecast gales abated – allowing stars equine and human to take their cue for glory. Here, Press Association Sport charts their deeds in pictures:
Results went punters’ way to square things up with bookmakers after two days at the Cheltenham Festival.
There is no such thing as a guarantee in racing – but Altior proved again he is as close as it gets when he took his unbeaten sequence over jumps to 18 in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Envoi Allen justified strong market support to win the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and provide leading Flat owners Cheveley Park Stud with a second winner of the Cheltenham Festival.
Altior has heart as well as class
Altior’s 18th victory on the bounce puts him right up there with the most successful horses of recent times. We look back on five of the best across both codes of racing:
William Henry came from the clouds to deny top-weight Wicklow Brave in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham. Nicky Henderson’s nine-year-old had only been seen once this year, being pulled up at Wincanton on Boxing Day and subsequently undergoing surgery on his wind.