Cheltenham New Year’s Day: An Impressive Start To 2019
Many experienced an enviable start to 2019 at Cheltenham Racecourse on New Year’s Day. Each year, the racecourse hosts Cheltenham New Year’s Day Meeting a spectacle enjoyed and loved by many. It is a true family affair with the popular Prestbury Park welcoming many from both avid racegoer to newbie.
This year was no exception. The day played host to seven superb races two of which were Grade Two. This meeting was the first of an incredible few months of racing held at Cheltenham this year. Famous jockeys and trainers flocked to the racecourse in hopes of a successful start to 2019.
As one of two of the remaining meetings before The Festival in 2019 it is very much a highly anticipated event. Let’s recap on some of the major news and wins from the meeting.
Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
The proceedings kicked off with a triumphant Gloucestershire win with Jarveys Plate in the Listed Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. Both trainer Fergal O’Brien and The Yes No Wait Sorries started the new year with the Cheltenham Festival now well in sight. The Chestnut Gelding won at odds of 12/1 and 13 lengths ahead of bookies favourite I Can’t Explain.
Jockey Paddy Brennan was delighted with the win despite steady progress in the early stages of the seven runner race. Coley, who is head of The Yes No Wait Sorries Syndicate was thrilled with the impressive 13th length finish.
This race was well worth winning as it was a trial race for Cheltenham Festival. Unibet made Jarveys Plate a 16/1 winner for the Ballymore Hurdle at the Festival in March 2019.
Betbright Dipper Novices’ Chase
The highlight race of the day was the Betbright Dipper Novices’ Chase. Lostintranslation got the better of Defi Du Seuil in this nail-biting race which left many racegoers wanting more. Defi Du Seuil was the only runner to display a strong challenge against the Colin Tizzard trained horse. Barry Geraghty led the horse to emerge against the leader in the second last. Despite a clear advantage between the final two fences LostinTranslation fought back to secure a length and a quarter win.
Following the win Lostintranslation has now been dubbed an 8/1 favourite for the JLT Novices Chase at The Festival in March with Tizzard believing he could be “the next big one.”
Overall, the day presented an exciting day of racing that all enjoyed. It was great to see some new front runners emerging for the upcoming Cheltenham Festival.
With now less than three months to go, Cheltenham Festival 2019 should already be on your to do list. It is a highlight of both the sporting and social calendar. Dubbed as the world’s most popular race hundreds of thousands of racegoers will flock to Prestbury Park in March for an unforgettable racing experience.
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