Esteemed jockey, Ruby Walsh, is set to return to the saddle on Thursday after recovering from a broken leg. The timely news means that the two-time Gold Cup winner is fit for next week’s Cheltenham Festival, which opens its gates for four days of fun-filled racing action on Tuesday 13th March.
Walsh, 38, will race in the Maiden Hurdle at Thurles as he steps up his preparations ahead of the meeting at Prestbury Park.
He suffered a broken leg in a catastrophic fall from Let’s Dance at Punchestown in November, but thanks to an impressive recovery over the subsequent months, is now targeting a return at Cheltenham, where he remains the meeting’s most successful jockey.
The Irishman had originally planned to re-enter the fold last weekend but was unfortunately unable to due to bad weather.
His ride at Thurles will be aboard the Willie Mullins-trained Lareena, with his race scheduled for 15:15 pm.
Walsh also looks set to mount 2015 winner Faugheen in the Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the festival (Tuesday 13th March). The Champion Day highlight features a star-studded cast with the Nicky Henderson-trained Buveur D’Air and My Tent Or Yours among the favourites.
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Excitement continues to mount ahead of the eagerly anticipated Cheltenham Festival, and now the Champion Hurdle (on Tuesday 13th March) has welcomed another exciting entrant to its ranks in the form of 6-year-old Elgin.
The Alan King-trained Gelding has enjoyed an exceptional season so far, having secured a competitive handicap at Ascot, the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton.
His latest triumph prompted connections to seriously consider him for the impending Champion Hurdle, and he was duly added to the field on Wednesday at a cost of £20,000.
Elgin now stands as one of the 15 confirmed runners for the 2-mile hurdling showpiece.
He lines up alongside an impressive collection of Nicky Henderson-trained runners including defending champion Buveur D’Air, three-time Champion Hurdle runner-up My Tent Or Yours, Charli Parcs and Verdana Blue.
Mullins and co. will also be bringing some fierce competition to the field with 2015 Champion Hurdle hero Faugheen, Min, Wicklow Brave, Melon, and Yorkhill.
Gordon Elliot’s Mick Jazz and Apple’s Jade are also expected to feature, but the latter may well contest the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle later in the afternoon.
Finally, Dan Skelton’s Ch’tibello, Henry de Bromhead’s Identity Thief and the Evan Williams-trained John Constable complete the list of provisional Champion Hurdle runners.
Speaking of Elgin’s chances, trainer King said, “He goes in any sort of ground. If you take the favourite (Buveur D’Air) out, it is wide open after that. He progressed the right way through.
“He is much more the finished article this year. I would have said he learned a lot from running in the Supreme (Novices’ Hurdle) last season. He had never been quick and I think that made a man of him and he did very well through the summer.”
Also present was Nicky Henderson, who described himself as ‘one happy trainer’ after seeing his leading Cheltenham Festival candidates Might Bite and Buveur D’Air at Kempton.
Might Bite leads the way in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup betting following his King George VI Chase victory at Christmas whilst Buveur D’Air is the odds-on favourite for a repeat of his 2017 victory in the Unibet Champion Hurdle.
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The 12-month wait is over! That’s right, it’s that time of year again where the excitement reaches a fever pitch at Cheltenham Racecourse as the tapes go up once more for one of the UK’s greatest weeks of sport.
Fans of racing, friends and family will flock in their thousands to Prestbury Park this March as they relish a spectacular opening day at the annual Cheltenham Festival.
The spine-tingling roar that reverberates around the track is truly one to be revered as jockeys astride magnificent beasts hurtle towards the finish line in a bid to take home the most lucrative spoils.
The punting week will either be one of enjoyment or despair – but irrespective of the results, visitors are guaranteed a racing experience unrivalled by most.
Champion Day (Tuesday 13th March) is undoubtedly one of the weeks’ finest spectacles as racegoers from far and wide rub shoulders in a wonderfully intimate racing environment.
On a day where champions are made, Buveur D’Air guns for back-to-back successes in the day’s feature race, the Unibet Champion Hurdle.
The Nicky Henderson-trained Gelding would certainly be joining some esteemed company if successful, with See You Then, Istabraq and Hatton’s Grace to name a few, having already achieved the impressive feat.
And with Buveur D’Air’s win last year making Henderson the most successful trainer in the race’s history, it is easy to see why he returns a hot favourite.
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Champion Day Racecard
Proceedings kick off in style with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle as we look forward to a sumptuous four-day spell of high-class racing. View the full racecard for Champion Day:
Tuesday 13th March 2018
Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – 13.30 (Grade 1)
Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase – 14.10 (Grade 1)
National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup – 16.50 (Grade 2)
Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase – 17.30 (Listed)
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Renowned for its unrivalled jumps racing in the picturesque Gloucestershire countryside – the Cheltenham Festival undoubtedly represents the pinnacle of National Hunt Horse Racing in the UK.
The magnificent four-day event succeeds in attracting the very finest horses year-in-year-out along with some of the most decorated jockeys in the business all vying to compete for the ultimate sporting accolades. Avid racegoers can indeed relish an experience unrivalled by most, with the feature races, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Queen Mother Champion Chase, certain to catch the eye.
Proceedings kick off in style with Champion Day, a fixture boasting four Grade One races. The day opens with the exciting Supreme Novices Hurdle, which has seen the likes of Vautour, Douvan and Brave Inca reign victorious.
The showcase of the opening day, however, is undoubtedly the Champion Hurdle. The premier two-mile hurdle is globally recognised as one of the National Hunt’s most prominent spectacles and has seen a superb selection of legendary victors, including Istabraq, Hurricane Fly and Sea Pigeon. This year sees Buveur D’Air and Faugheen among the star names to be entered.
Other major races on day one include the Arkle Challenge Trophy, the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase and the National Hunt Novices’ Chase.
Following on from the splendid opening day, is one that needs no introduction. Ladies Day, renowned for its unparalleled glamour and style, is regarded as one of the world’s most eminent social occasions on the horse racing calendar. Ladies will once again flock in their thousands to Cheltenham Racecourse for this extremely attractive day out as they compete for the coveted prize of ‘Best Dressed Lady’.
But the finery and luxury of this spectacular social event belies the fact that it merely provides the backdrop for world class, high octane action on the racetrack.
The sporting highlight of the day is certainly the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the ultimate test for two-mile steeplechasers. The list of winners include Master Minded, Sprinter Sacre and Flyingbolt, some of the greatest racers in the history of the division.
The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle is another popular fixture on the second day of the Festival. Having been won by the likes of Faugheen, Hardy Eustace and Simonsig in recent years, it is certainly a contest that oozes quality.
You can certainly expect the Guinness to be in full flow as fans celebrate St Patricks Day in style at the Cheltenham Festival on day three. A fabulous atmosphere coupled with some of the event’s most coveted races makes this fixture a firm favourite among avid racing enthusiasts.
The Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle, arguably the highlight of the day, represents a true test of stamina for three-mile hurdlers. Three-time and four-time winners, Inglis Drever and Big Bucks, are the contest’s most famed competitors whilst the imperious Thistlecrack also made history in 2016 by romping to victory in breath-taking fashion.
FAUGHEEN also has an entry in the Stayers’ Hurdle #Cheltenham
Must be worth noting he had a Stayers’ Hurdle entry the season he got injured too. Do you think he could end up there now he is shoving on a bit? pic.twitter.com/FDrBOrjRYo
The day also features renowned Group One contest, the Ryanair Chase. Introduced to the Festival in 2005, the pulsating race has been won by popular competitors including Cue Card, Albertas Run and Imperial Commander. Other notable contest include the JLT Novices’ Chase and The Pertemps Final.
Last but certainly not least is the Cheltenham Gold Cup Day. The fabulous final day features the renowned Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, the premier race of the week. Legends of the sport have paved their legacy in this gruelling three and a quarter mile test, with Arkle, Best Mate and Kauto Star among the list of esteemed winners.
Bryan Cooper (pictured above) won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2016 riding Don Cossack. The accolade was then claimed by Robbie Power in 2017 who rode Sizing John.
Adding to the feast of festival action on the final day is the exciting Triumph Hurdle. Termed as the biggest race of the season for juveniles, this contest succeeds in attracting a wonderful selection of high-class runners. Other races of note include The Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle, the Martin Pipe Hurdle and The Grand Annual Chase.
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The Cheltenham Festival will certainly be one for horse racing enthusiasts to relish this year, with a fabulous feast of fixtures promising to an unrivalled race day experience. Excitement continues to heighten following the release of the 23 name Champion Hurdle list, which features an array of star names including Buveur D’Air and Faugheen.
Nicky Henderson’s champion hurdler is hot on the heels of back-to-back wins in the thrilling Grade 1 contest at the Cheltenham Festival has already emerged as a firm favourite for the race.
Ante-Post favourite Buveur D’Air is one of 23 horses entered for the Champion Hurdle which will be staged on day one of the Festival on Tuesday 13th March 2018.
Henderson’s seven-year-old Gelding is currently a 4-6 shot to defend his crown at Prestbury Park but is likely to face fierce competition from a number of close rivals, not least of all Willie Mullins’ Faugheen.
The Irish Thoroughbred, best known for winning the 2015 Champion Hurdle and back-to-back Christmas Hurdles in 2014 and 15, was pulled up at Leopardstown but is reported to have regained form with Cheltenham firmly on the agenda.
Mullins has a total of six entries which also include Min, Melon and Yorkhill.
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