Cheltenham Festival 2023: Ladies Day Preview
Cheltenham Festival – Day Two
Following the enthralling action that took place across the seven races on day one, we now look forward to what Day Two, ‘Ladies Day’, has in store for us.
Day One was fantastic and there were some very memorable moments. The Champion Hurdle saw Constitution Hill leave his rivals for dust, winning the race in emphatic fashion.
There was an emotional moment when Rachael Blackmore rode Honeysuckle for the final time – fittingly, she won the Mares’ Hurdle to end an extraordinary career.
The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race (13:30)
Ladies Day opens with the Novices’ Hurdle Race, which is the first of the seven races set to take place on Wednesday.
It was Sir Gerhard, ridden by Paul Townend, who won the 2022 edition of this race. He finished ahead of Three Stripe Life (Ireland) and Whatdeawant (Ireland) in second and third respectively.
Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase (14:10)
The Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase is the second race on Ladies Day, with the most recent race in 2022 being nothing less than extraordinary.
L’Homme Presse won the race, and it was made even more incredible because the horse had to come back from an injury to win the race after being unbeaten all season. It was also a fantastic performance from jockey Charlie Deutsch.
Coral Cup Hurdle (14:50)
Commander of Fleet won the Coral Cup Hurdle in the 2022 Cheltenham Festival. It was a tight and competitive race up until the seventh hurdle when a fantastic move from jockey Shane Fitzgerald ensured that Commander of Fleet would glide through the field, winning the race.
It was a tense finish, but Shane Fitzgerald was able to finish ahead of Ashdale Bob (Ireland) and Fastorslow (France) in second and third respectively.
Champion Chase (15:30)
The Champion Chase is the highlight of Ladies Day each and every year at the Cheltenham Festival, and this most certainly will be no different in 2023.
It was Energumene, ridden by Paul Townend, who came out on top in the 2022 edition of the race, in what was the first win in the Champion Chase for the Willie Mullins family. Funambule Sivola (France) and Envoi Allen (France) finished just behind in second and third.
Cross Country Chase (16:10)
In 2022, it was Delta Work who fended off all of the competition to win the most recent Cross Country Chase.
Delta Work and Tiger Roll approached the final fence almost neck and neck, but the former was able to snatch victory. The chase was also notable for being the final race for Tiger Roll, who went into retirement following this race. So it was second place for Tiger Roll, with Plan Of Attack finishing in third place.
Grand Annual Chase (16:50)
The penultimate race of Ladies Day is the Grand Annual Chase. Last year it was Global Citizen, ridden by Kielan Woods, who were able to win the race. This made more extraordinary because they were not the favourites for the race.
Andy Dufresne was the favourite ahead of the race, but had to settle for second place. It was Frero Banbou (France) and Editeur Du Gite (France) who finished just behind the top two in third and fourth place respectively.
Champion Bumper (17:30)
The Champion Bumper is the final race for day two. Facile Vega was the winner of the race last year in what was a fantastic performance.
Facile Vega was at the rear with Houlanbatordechais leading by around 5 lengths halfway into the race before managing to overtake American Mike before completing the recovery by passing James Gate for the win.
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