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Cheltenham Festival 2021: Monkfish wins ‘most nerve racking race ever’ for Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins described Monkfish’s victory in the Grade One Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase as “the most nerve wracking race I’ve ever watched”. The seven year old has earned himself quotes of 9/2 for next year’s WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup after winning at The Festival for a second successive year, following his victory in the Albert …

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: Rachael Blackmore wins Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle aboard ‘very exciting’ Bob Olinger

Henry de Bromhead hailed the “very exciting” Bob Olinger after watching him win the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on day two of the Cheltenham Festival, and insisted: “He couldn’t have done it any better.” The trainer and jockey Rachael Blackmore, fresh from landing day one’s Unibet Champion Hurdle with Honeysuckle, began day two of The Festival™ …

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: National Hunt Novices’ Chase goes to Galvin

The concluding race on day one of The Festival™ supporting WellChild, the Grade Two Sam Vestey National Hunt Novices’ Chase, went to Galvin, trained in Northern Ireland by Ian Ferguson. The 7/2 chance saw off Next Destination by a length and a half after Jack Kennedy delivered him to challenge after jumping the last. Kennedy, …

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: 80/1 winner in Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

Irish raider Jeff Kidder caused the biggest shock at The Festival since 100/1 chance Norton’s Coin landed the 1990 Cheltenham Gold Cup, when he came home in front at 80/1 in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle. Despite a series of jumping errors he produced a strong finish to defeat 9-2 favourite Saint Sam. Trainer Noel …

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: Rachael Blackmore makes history in Champion Hurdle

Rachael Blackmore made history to become the first female jockey to win the Grade One Unibet Champion Hurdle at The Festival™ supporting WellChild – then said she hoped it would inspire others to follow their dreams. Blackmore partnered the 11/10 favourite Honeysuckle, who becomes the sixth mare to win the most prestigious prize over hurdles. …

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: First Festival winner for Ryan Mania in Ultima Handicap Chase

Ryan Mania described his first ever Cheltenham Festival winner as “an unbelievable thrill” after partnering Vintage Clouds to victory in the Grade Three Ultima Handicap Chase at odds of 28/1. The Grand National-winning jockey retired from race riding in 2014 at the age of 25 but returned to the saddle in October 2019. He and …

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: Second success for Shishkin in Arkle Novices’ Chase

Shishkin recorded his second success at The Festival™ supporting WellChild when taking the Grade One Sporting Life Arkle Novices’ Chase by 12 lengths. The Marie Donnelly-owned seven-year-old landed the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 12 months ago and was too good for his four rivals. Trainer Nicky Henderson, winning the contest for a record seventh …

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is ‘perfect start’ for Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins celebrated what he described as “more than a perfect start” to The Festival™ supporting WellChild as Appreciate It (8/11 Fav) coasted to an impressive 24-length victory in the opening Grade One Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. There are unlikely to be many easier victories this week and Mullins, who was recording his 73rd Festival …

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Cheltenham Gold Cup Tip

Cheltenham Festival 2021: Nicky Henderson’s thoughts on his runners including Champ and Santini for the Gold Cup

Ahead of the Cheltenham Festival 2021, Nicky Henderson shares his thoughts on his runners including Champ and Santini for the Gold Cup, and Altior for the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Report by Nick Seddon and Ben Cox. Nicky Henderson is confident that Champ has what it takes to win this year’s WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup, …

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