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Cheltenham Report
Thu, Mar 14th, 2019

At the end of racing on Ladies Day, Cheltenham's Clerk of the Course Simon Claisse discussed the ground conditions and the weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow.

He said: "It looks as if conditions will stay dry overnight.

"I have actually changed the going on the New Course, which we move on to tomorrow, to Good to Soft, Soft in places on both the Chase and Hurdle courses.

"The expectation is that we could get some light rain tomorrow and blustery winds, but nothing that causes us any concern. The outlook for Friday is dry and breezy.

"Today was a lovely day, and the forecast strong winds didn't ever arrive. There was some absolutely terrific racing.

"It is nice to see the spoils spread around a bit, and then to see the horses we all love so much, those champion horses like Altior, win. Tiger Roll we all love, and a very classy bumper winner at the end, too."

Holland Cooper Leading Jockey Award -
Standings after Ladies Day

Jockey 1st 2nd 3rd
Nico de Boinville 2 1 1
Mark Walsh 2 1 -
Mr Jamie Codd 2 - -
J J Slevin 1 2 -
Paul Townend 1 2 -
Harry Cobden 1 1 -
Rachael Blackmore 1 - 1
Keith Donoghue 1 - 1
Ruby Walsh 1 - 1
Jeremiah McGrath 1 - -
Harry Skelton 1 - -
Barry Geraghty - 2 -
Richard Johnson - 1 1
Danny Cook - 1 -
Jack Kennedy - 1 -
Mr Patrick Mullins - 1 -
Mr Barry O'Neill - 1 -
Henry Brooke - - 1
Felix de Giles - - 1
Daryl Jacob - - 1
Mr Declan Lavery - - 1
David Mullins - - 1
Davy Russell - - 1
Gavin Sheehan - - 1
Sam Twiston-Davies - - 1
Adam Wedge - - 1

The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award - Standings after Ladies Day

Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd
Nicky Henderson 3 2 -
Willie Mullins IRE 2 4 2
Gordon Elliott IRE 2 1 2
Joseph O'Brien IRE 1 2 -
Paul Nicholls 1 1 -
Ben Pauling 1 - 1
Martin Brassil IRE 1 - -
Henry de Bromhead IRE 1 - -
Gavin Cromwell IRE 1 - -
Dan Skelton 1 - -
Olly Murphy - 1 1
Enda Bolger IRE - 1 -
Paul Nolan IRE - 1 -
Sue Smith - 1 -
Philip Hobbs - - 2
Nick Alexander - - 1
Emmanuel Clayeux FR - - 1
Alan King - - 1
Terence O'Brien IRE - - 1
Nigel Twiston-Davies - - 1
Evan Williams - - 1

NetJets Leading Owner Award -
Standings after Ladies Day

Owner 1st 2nd 3rd
Cheveley Park Stud 2 - -
J P McManus 1 4 1
Gigginstown House Stud 1 1 1
Sullivan Bloodstock Ltd 1 1 -
George Barlow 1 - -
Justin Carthy 1 - -
Joanne Coleman 1 - -
Sarah Faulks 1 - -
Chris Giles & Mr & Mrs Paul Barber 1 - -
Bernadine Mulryan 1 - -
Emma Palmer 1 - -
Patricia Pugh 1 - -
Walters Plant Hire Ltd 1 - -
Trevor Hemmings - 1 1
Burnham P & D Ltd - 1 -
Mrs J Donnelly - 1 -
Thomas Friel/Andrew Gemmell - 1 -
John Hales - 1 -
Richard & Lizzie Kelvin Hughes - 1 -
Diana Whateley - 1 -
Wicklow Bloodstock (Ireland) Ltd - 1 -
The Aldaniti Partnership - - 1
Kate & Andrew Brooks - - 1
The Englands & Heywoods - - 1
Chris Jones - - 1
L Fell - - 1
Nigel King - - 1
Martin McDonagh/Paul Murphy/M J Nixon - - 1
ML Bloodstock Ltd - - 1
A Rasquier - - 1
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede - - 1
Options O Syndicate - - 1

888 Prestbury Cup - Standings after Ladies Day

Great Britain 6
Ireland 8

The Festival™ presented by Magners 2019 - Winners

Champion Day - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

1:30pm Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 87y £125,000
KLASSICAL DREAM (FR) Joanne Coleman 5-11-07 Willie Mullins IRE/Ruby Walsh 6/1

2:10pm Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 1m 7f 199y £175,000
DUC DES GENIEVRES (FR) Sullivan Bloodstock Limited 6-11-04 Willie Mullins IRE/Paul Townend 5/1

2:50pm Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m 1f £110,000
BEWARE THE BEAR (IRE) George Barlow 9-11-08 Nicky Henderson/Jeremiah McGrath 10/1

3:30pm Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) 2m 87y £450,000
ESPOIR D'ALLEN (FR) J P McManus 5-11-10 Gavin Cromwell IRE/Mark Walsh 16/1

4:10pm OLBG Mares' Hurdle (Registered as the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle) (Grade 1) 2m 3f 200y £120,000
ROKSANA (IRE) Sarah Faulks 7-11-05 Dan Skelton/Harry Skelton 10/1

4:50 pm Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase (Listed Race) 2m 4f 63y £70,000
A PLUS TARD (FR) Cheveley Park Stud 5-11-07 Henry de Bromhead IRE/Rachael Blackmore 5/1 Fav

5:30pm National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 3m 7f 166y £125,000
LE BREUIL (FR) Emma Palmer 7-11-06 Ben Pauling/Mr Jamie Codd 14/1

Ladies Day - Wednesday, March 13, 2019

1:30pm Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered as the Baring Bingham) 2m 5f £125,000
CITY ISLAND (IRE) Bernadine Mulryan 6-11-07 Martin Brassil IRE/Mark Walsh 8/1

2:10pm RSA Insurance Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 3m 80y £175,000
TOPOFTHEGAME (IRE) Chris Giles & Mrs & Mrs Paul Barber 7-11-04 Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden 4/1

2:50pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 5f £100,000
WILLIAM HENRY (IRE) Walters Plant Hire Ltd 9-11-10 Nicky Henderson/Nico de Boinville 28/1

3:30pm Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) 1m 7f 199y £400,000
ALTIOR (IRE) Patricia Pugh 9-11-10 Nicky Henderson/Nico de Boinville 4/11 Fav

4:10pm Glenfarclas Chase (A Cross Country Chase) 3m 6f 37y £65,000
TIGER ROLL (IRE) Gigginstown House Stud 9-11-04 Gordon Elliott IRE/Keith Donoghue 5/4 Fav

4:50pm Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Registered as the Fred Winter) (Grade 3) £80,000
BAND OF OUTLAWS (IRE) Justin Carthy 4-11-08 Joseph O'Brien IRE/J. J. Slevin 7/2 Fav

5:30pm Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1) 2m 87y £75,000
ENVOI ALLEN (FR) Cheveley Park Stud 5-11-05 Gordon Elliott IRE/Mr Jamie Codd 2/1 Fav

STEWARDS' REPORT

Race 1 - 1:30pm G1 BALLYMORE NOVICES' HURDLE RACE

CASTLEBAWN WEST and EASY GAME (FR) wore earplugs and BRIGHT FORECAST (IRE) wore earplugs, which were removed at the start. An enquiry was held to consider interference turning down the hill when SAMS PROFILE, placed fifth, ridden by B.J. Cooper, manoeuvred right-handed tightening up CHAMP, placed second, ridden by Barry Geraghty and the winner, CITY ISLAND (IRE), ridden by Mark Walsh. Cooper was suspended for 2 days for careless riding as he had manoeuvred right when not sufficiently clear. A further enquiry was held to consider interference after jumping the third last flight between SAMS PROFILE, placed fifth, ridden by B.J. Cooper and the winner, CITY ISLAND (IRE) , ridden by Mark Walsh. The interference was found to be accidental as Walsh had gone for a legitimate gap but his horse made contact with the hindquarters of SAMS PROFILE as it rolled in slightly left-handed. Following the race Jack Kennedy reported that BATTLEOVERDOYEN, which was pulled up, was never travelling. The Veterinary Officer further reported that the gelding lost its left fore shoe. Paul Townend reported that CASTLEBAWN WEST, which was pulled up, was never travelling.

Race 2 - 2:10pm G1 RSA INSURANCE NOVICES' CHASE

MORTAL (IRE) wore earplugs and SANTINI wore earplugs, which were removed at the start. The sponsorship in relation to DROVERS LANE (IRE), trained by Rebecca Curtis, did not comply with the Sponsorship Code of Conduct. Curtis was warned as to her responsibility to ensure that the correct sponsorship is carried. On landing after the final fence the winner, TOPOFTHEGAME (IRE), edged right-handed making slight contact with DELTA WORK (FR), placed third, which had to take a slight check, but after viewing a recording of the incident, it was found that no riding offence was involved and that it had not improved the placing of TOPOFTHEGAME (IRE). Harry Cobden, the rider of the winner, TOPOFTHEGAME (IRE), was suspended for 2 days for using his whip in an incorrect place after the last fence. Following the race the Veterinary Officer reported that MORTAL (IRE), placed fifth, lost its right fore shoe and SANTINI, placed second, lost its left fore shoe. He further reported that THE WORLDS END (IRE), which was pulled up, was lame left fore.

Race 3 - 2:50pm G3 CORAL CUP HANDICAP HURDLE

WICKLOW BRAVE and URADEL (GER) wore earplugs and BALLYANDY wore earplugs, which were removed at the start. Following the race the Veterinary Officer reported that DIAMOND CAUCHOIS, which was pulled up, was lame left hind, KILLULTAGH VIC (IRE), unplaced, had a wound on its left fore leg and BALLYANDY, placed third, lost its right hind shoe. Davy Russell reported that FARCLAS (FR), which was pulled up, was never travelling.

Race 4 - 3:30pm G1 BETWAY QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE

MIN (FR) wore earplugs and ALTIOR (IRE) wore earplugs which were removed at the start. The Stewards noted that the Clerk of the Course had given permission for POLITOLOGUE (FR) to parade out of order. As the gelding was proving unruly he further allowed him to break the parade and canter to the start. After reviewing the start the Stewards were satisfied that when the flag dropped the horses were well grouped but that SAINT CALVADOS (FR) and ALTIOR (IRE) jumped away quickly from the start. Following the race Paddy Brennan reported that GOD'S OWN (IRE), which was pulled up, lost its action. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of GOD'S OWN (IRE) found it to be lame left hind.

Race 5 - 4:10pm GLENFARCLAS CROSS COUNTRY CHASE

Following the race Enda Bolger reported that AUVERGNAT (FR), which was pulled up, was unsuited by the Soft, Heavy in places,ground. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of AUVERGNAT (FR) revealed it had a wound on its left fore leg. The Veterinary Officer further reported that JAROB, placed fifth,, lost its left fore shoe.

Race 6 - 4:50pm G3 BOODLES JUVENILE HANDICAP HURDLE

NATURELLE (FR) wore earplugs and KING D'ARGENT (FR) wore earplugs which were removed at the start. An enquiry was held to consider interference on straightening up after turning into the home straight when Jack Kennedy allowed COKO BEACH, placed second, to drift right-handed, taking the winner BAND OF OUTLAWS (IRE), ridden by J.J. Slevin, off its intended line. Kennedy was cautioned for careless riding as he had allowed his horse to drift right when not sufficiently clear. The performance of LETHAL STEPS, which finished nineteenth, beaten 51 ¼ lengths, was considered. Gordon Elliott could offer no explanation for the gelding's performance. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of LETHAL STEPS, during routine testing, failed to reveal any abnormalities.
Following the race Barry Geraghty reported that FINE BRUNELLO (FR), unplaced, was never travelling. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of FINE BRUNELLO (FR), during routine testing, failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Race 7 - 5:30pm G1 WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER

BLUE SARI (FR) wore earplugs. Donnacha O'Brien, the rider of METICULOUS (IRE), placed eighth, was fined £140 for failing to report at scales that he was concerned with the gelding's breathing and felt it prudent to ease the gelding in the closing stages. The Veterinary Officer reported that BLUE SARI (FR), placed second, was lame left fore.

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