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This year’s Christmas Meeting was enthralling, and here we review all of the races across the two days.

Last week saw the 2023 Cheltenham International Meeting take place across two days, from Friday 15th December to Saturday 16th December 2023. The meeting is also known as the Christmas Meeting. At the historic and iconic Cheltenham Racecourse, no less than 14 thrilling races took place.

There are a number of races that stand out across the two days, and this includes the prestigious Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (which is also known as the December Gold Cup). Several horses, jockeys and trainers wrote their names into the history books by winning races at this year’s December Meeting at Cheltenham.

The favourites did triumph in a number of races, but there were a plethora of races that saw the pre-race favourite miss out on glory in favour of another member of that race’s field.

Now we will review all of the action starting with the first race on Day One, which was the 2023 British EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle.

British EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle – Winner: Dysart Enos

We start this review with the latest running of the British EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle. Pre-race favourite Dysart Enos, ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan, lived up to the billing to win the race two and three-quarter lengths ahead of runner-up Beat The Bat, ridden by Jonathan Burke. Eoin Walsh’s Soldante came in third place.

The other runners in this race were: Kintail (Nico de Boinville), Brendas Asking (David Bass), Shinji (Sean Bowen), How And Ever (Gavin Sheehan), Meatloaf (Harry Cobden), Ascension Day (Danny McMenamin), Royal Defender (David Noonan) and Sprits Bay (Jordan Nailor).

Cheltenham & South-West Racing Club Novices’ Chase – Winner: Ginny’s Destiny

The second race on Friday was the 2023 Cheltenham & South-West Racing Club Novices’ Chase. Pre-race favourite Grey Dawning had to settle for second place, with Ginny’s Destiny (Paul Nicholls) emerging victorious instead, with Trelawne coming in third place (David Bass).

The winning margin in the end for Paul Nicholls and Ginny’s Destiny was three quarters of a length. The rest of the field in this race was occupied by the following: Crebilly (Jonjo O’Neill Jr), Tritonic (Tom Cannon) and Blue Hop (Jack Quinlan).

Catesby Estates Handicap Hurdle – Winner: Go Dante

The Catesby Estates Handicap Hurdle then followed, and it was won by pre-race favourite Go Dante, ridden by Sean Bowen. In the end, Go Dante won by a margin of a length and a quarter ahead of runner-up Doddiethegreat, ridden by Nico de Boinville. Harry Cobden’s Panjari rounded off the top three in this race by finishing in third place, although it was a dead heat with Donnacha.

The rest of the field was as follows: Williethebuilder (Harry Skelton), In This World (Tristan Durrell), Kaleb (Jack Quinlan), Wonderful Eagle (Micheal Nolan), Mr Mackay (James Turner), Thecomppanysergeant (Donagh Meyler), Ginger Mail (Danny McMenamin) and Skytastic (Ben Jones).

Cheltenham Racecourse Food Bank Collection Mares’ Handicap Chase – Winner: La Malmason

The 2023 running of the Cheltenham Racecourse Food Bank Collection Mares’ Handicap Chase came next, and the winner was the pre-race favourite La Malmason, who jockey Keith Donoghue rode. La Malmason finished three quarters of a length ahead of Ben Poste’s Royale Margaux in second place.

The rest of the field for this race was as follows: Eureka Creek (Joe Anderson), Walk In Clover (Harry Skelton), Pougne Aminta (Jonathan Burke), Happy D’ex (Sean Houlihan), Lilith (Rex Dingle), I Am Gonna Be (Patrick Wadge), Mad About Sally (Ben Jones), Petticoat Lucy (Lorcan Williams), Malaita (Charlie Deutsch) and Brianna Rose (Sean Bowen).

Unibet Middle Distance Chase Series Veterans’ Handicap Chase – Winner: Cepage

The Mares’ Handicap Chase was then followed by the latest edition of the Unibet Middle Distance Chase Series Veterans’ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham. Jockey Charlie Deutsch rode Cepage to victory by a margin of seven lengths ahead of pre-race favourite Lord Du Mesnil, who had to settle for second place in the end.

Third place Go Steady, ridden by Tristan Durrell was followed by: Go Steady (Tristan Durrell), Sam Brown (Jonathan Burke), Up Helly Aa King (Danny McMenamin), Storm Control (Richard Patrick), Duc De Beauchene (David Noonan) and Top Ville Ben (Harry Cobden).

Glenfarclas Crystal Cup Cross Country Handicap Chase – Winner: Latenightpass

The penultimate race on day one was the 2023 Glenfarclas Crystal Cup Cross Country Handicap Chase. Gina Andrews, riding pre-race favourite Latenightpass, emerged as the winner after finishing four lengths ahead of Francky Du Berlais in second, with Fameaftertheglory coming in third place.

The rest of the field was as follows: Minella Indo (Rachael Blackmore), Galvin (Keith Donoghue), Diesel D’Allier (Brendan Powell), Enjoy D’allen (Eoin Walsh), Wick Green (Ben Jones), Didero Vallis (Charlie Deutsch), Fury Road (Sam Ewing), Vital Island (Tiernan Power Roche), Volcano (Robert Dunne) and Gesskille (Henry Brooke).

Citipost Handicap Hurdle – Winner: White Rhino

The seventh and final race on Friday was the Citipost Handicap Hurdle. The pre-race favourite triumphed again, this time in the form of White Rhino, who was ridden to glory by jockey Henry Brooke. The winner had a close battle with Bold Endeavour in second place, with Hermino AA rounding off the top three in third place.

As for the remainder of the field, they were as follows: Gyenyame (Brendan Powell), Tiger Jet (Harry Cobden), Paricolor (David Noonan), Fontana Ellissi (Robert Dunne), Shantou Express (David Bass), Captain Morgs (Nico de Boinville) and Big Bresil (Jack Quinlan).

Now that we have reviewed all of the races that took place on day one, we will now review all of the action that took place on day two of the Cheltenham International Meeting. We will start this review with the first race on Saturday, the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle.

JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle – Winner: An Bradan Feasa

We begin day two (Saturday) of the 2023 Cheltenham International Meeting with the latest running of the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle. Tom Bellamy won this race on board An Bradan Feasa, finishing the race after managing to beat second place Harry Reed’s Balboa by no less than three lengths. Henry Brooke’s Eagle Prince had to settle for a third place finish in the end.

The other horses that participated in this Juvenile Hurdle race were: Walk The Moon (Robert Dunne), Rebel Angel (Jack Tudor), Kourosh (Harry Skelton) and Maglia Rosa (Roisin Leech).

John Wyke Memorial Novices’ Limited Handicap – Winner: Are U Wise To That

The 2023 John Wyke Memorial Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase. The pre-race favourite did not finish in the top three, with Are U Wise To That leading the way and finishing first in the race ahead of Danny Mullins’ Midnight Our Fred and Gavin Sheehan’s Everything’sontick.

Pre-race favourite Weveallbeencaught finished in 6th place. The other horse that took part includes: Nico de Boinville’s Wiseguy and Harry Cobden’s Mofasa.

Quintessentially Handicap Chase – Winner: Madara

The 2023 edition of the Quintessentially Handicap Chase saw the pre-race favourite narrowly miss out on victory in second place. Harry Cobden was the winning jockey after riding Madara to win ahead of runner-up and favourite In Excelsis Deo. Charlie Deutsch’s Funambule Sivola came in third.

Four other horses took part, and they were: Calico (Harry Skelton), Prince Escalus (Jonjo O’Neill Jr), Baron De Midleton (Henry Brooke) and Aucunrisque (Rex Dingle).

Virgin Bet December Gold Cup – Winner: Fugitif

The highly coveted Virgin Bet December Gold Cup, arguably the standout race of the entire race meeting, came next. It was Gavin Sheehan who rode Fugitif to victory in what was an enthralling and tight race. Bryony Frost’s Il Ridoto and Charlie Deutsch’s Frero Banbou had to settle for a second and third place finish, respectively.

The rest of the field for this race were: Grandeur D’Ame (Tom Bellamy), Fakir D’oudairies (Jonjo O’Neill Jr), Torn And Frayed (Sam Twiston-Davies), Monmiral (Harry Cobden), Jay Jay Reilly (Harry Skelton), Do Your Job (Derek Fox), Railway Hurricane (Conor Stone-Walsh) and So Scottish (Mark Walsh).

Favourite From The Sun Now Daily Handicap Chase – Winner: Broadway Boy

The third to last race at the iconic Cheltenham in the 2023 International Meeting was the Favourite From The Sun Now Daily Handicap Chase. Pre-race favourite Broadway Boy, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, ran out victorious ahead of runner-up Harry Cobden’s Threeunderthrufive and Harry Skelton’s Protektorat in third place.

The remainder of the field in this race were: Rapper (Richard Patrick), City Chief (Nico de Boinville), Easy As That (Charlie Deutsch), Elvis Mail (Bruce Lynn) and Malina Girl (Conor Stone-Walsh).

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – Winner: Shanagh Bob

The pre-race favourite came out on top again, this time in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, which was the day’s penultimate race. Nico de Boinville managed to ride Shanagh Bob to victory ahead of stern competition from Destroytheevidence and Moon D’Orange in second and third place, respectively.

The other horses in this race were: Kerryhill (Adam Wedge), Yes Day (Jonjo O’Neill Jr), Carrigmoorna Rowan (Jonathan Burke), Cadell (Derek Fox), Genietoile (Sean Bowen), Monbari (Tom Bellamy) and Illico De Cotte (Harry Skelton).

Virgin Bet Every Saturday Money Back Mares’ Handicap Hurdle – Winner: Nurse Susan

The final race of day two and the 2023 Cheltenham International Meeting as a whole was the latest running of the Virgin Bet Every Saturday Money Back Mares’ Handicap Hurdle. Pre-race favourite Bonttay, ridden by Paddy Brennan, failed to finish the race after Brennan was unseated. Instead, it was Nurse Susan who won the race. Martha Divine and Good Luck Charm came in second and third place, respectively.

The following horses made up the remainder of the field in this race: Windtothelightning (Henry Brooke), Ilovethenightlife (Harry Cobden), Coquelicot (Rex Dingle), Theatre Glory (Nico de Boinville), Stainsby Girl (Kit Alexander) and Zestful (Sean Bowen).

All fourteen races across the two days were enthralling, and there was a fantastic atmosphere to boot at the iconic Cheltenham Racecourse on both Friday and Saturday.

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