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Cheltenham Day Four: Sizing John wins the Timico Gold Cup on another day of upsets at Cheltenham

By Thomas Branston

Sizing John and Robbie Power celebrate winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Day four at Cheltenham produced yet another day of upsets as Robbie Power rode Sizing John to success in this years Timico Gold Cup.

He gave the Irish further cause for celebration on St Patrick’s Day when he galloped relentlessly up the Cheltenham hill to beat Minella Rocco, Djakadam and Native River to Friday’s Blue Ribbon event.

The only market favourite to win on the final day was Defi De Seuil in the JCB Triumph Hurdle as the bookies beat the punters on a third day at the festival.

Day four winners;

1.30pm GMT – JCB Triumph Hurdle – Defi De Seuil at 5/2 (Fav)

2.10pm GMT – Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle – Arctic Fox at 20/1

2.50pm GMT – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – Penhill at 16/1

3.30pm GMT – Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup – Sizing John at 7/1

4.10pm GMT – St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase – Pacha Du Polder at 16/1

4.50pm GMT – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle – Champagne Classic at 12/1

5.30pm GMT – The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase – Rock The World at 10/1


Cheltenham Day Three: Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins triumphant in St. Patrick’s Day annihilation

By Thomas Branston

Jockey Ruby Walsh and Nichols Canyon win the Stayers’ Hurdle.

St. Patricks Day at the Cheltenham Festival did not disappoint as jockey Rugby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins stroke their lucky charm to claim four wins including Nichols Canyon in the Stayers’ Hurdle.

Walsh had a day to remember as he rode the unfavored Nichols Canyon to victory beating odds-on favourite Unowhatimeanharry to win the big race of the day.

He now boasts a record 56 Cheltenham Festival wins.

Both Walsh and Mullins were without a win to their names until Yorkhill won the JLT Novices in the first race of the day.

Six of the seven winners on day three were Irish horses as the ‘Luck of the Irish’ well and truly stunned the Cheltenham crowds.

It was an improved day for the punters too as three of the priced favourites ran out as winners with Yorkhill, Un De Sceaux and Let’s Dance all claiming victories.

Day Three’s Winners:

1.30pm GMT – JLT Novices – Yorkhill at 6/4 (Fav)

2.10pm GMT – Pertemps Final – Presenting Percy at 11/1

2.50pm GMT – Ryanair Chase – Un De Sceaux at 7/4 (Fav)

3.30pm GMT – Stayers’ Hurdle – Nichols Canyon at 11/1

4.10pm GMT – Festival Plate – Road To Respect at 14/1

4.50pm GMT – Mares’ Novice’ Hurdle  – Let’s Dance at 11/8 (Fav)

5.30pm GMT – Kim Muir Chellenge Cup – Domesday Book at 40/1

Day Four: ‘Gold Cup’ Day:

Plenty on offer in tomorrows penultimate day of the Cheltenham Festival with the markets leading favourites; Defi De Seuil 9/4 in the JCB Triumph Hurdle, Mick Jazz 7/1 in the County Handicap Hurdle, Death Duty 2/1 in the Albert Bartlett Novies’ Hurdle, Djakadam 10/3 in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, On The Fringe in the Hunters’ Chase, No Comment 6/1 in the Conditional Jockey’s Handicap Hurdle and Le Prezien in the Challenge Cup Handicap Chase.

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Cheltenham Day Two: Excitement, Drama and Upsets on Ladies Day at the Festival

By Thomas Branston

Special Tiara shocks the Cheltenham crowd by beating favourite Douvan to the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

We have already witnessed some dramatic action in the opening day with heavily tipped favourite Yanworth failing to place as Buveur D’Air won the Stan James Champion Hurdle.

Day two continued in similar fashion with firm favourite Douvan and his jockey Rugby Walsh missing out in the Queen Mother Champion Chase as Special Tiara stole the headlines in the shock of the day.

Might Bite was the only horse that was tipped favourite to win their respective race today as Cheltenham threw up a day full of surprises.

Day Two winners:

1.30pm GMT – Neptune Novices’ Hurdle – Willoughby Court at 14/1

2.10pm GMT – RSA Novices’ Chase – Might Bite at 7/2

2.50pm GMT – Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle – Supasundae at 16/1

3.30pm GMT – Queen Mother Champion Chase – Special Tiara at 11/1

4.10pm GMT – Cross Country Chase – Cause of Causes at 4/1

4.50pm GMT – Juvenile Novices Hurdle – Flying Tiger at 33/1

5.30pm GMT – Champion Bumper – Fayonagh at 7/1

Day three at Cheltenham has a lot to offer with the current favourites leading the markets; Yorkhill 5/4 in the JLT Novices’ Chase, For Good Measure 7/1 in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle, Un De Sceaux 5/2 in the Ryanair Chase, Unowhatimeanharry 6/4 in the Stayers’ Hurdle, Diamond King 5/1 in the Stable Plate Handicap Chase, Lets Dance 6/4 in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle and Squouateur 5/1 in the Kim Muir Handicap Chase.