Cheltenham Festival 2023 LIVE Results: Horse Racing Updates, Breaking News, Odds, Day Two Betting Tips
It’s day two at Prestbury Park, which means it’s Ladies Day! Yesterday saw a stunning return of the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ as Constitution Hill made sure its hype was justified with a nine-length feature race win before Honeysuckle ended her stunning career with an emotional Mares Hurdle win under jockey Rachael Blackmore.
Day two is led by the Champion Chase at 3:30pm as Energumene attempts to defend his crown for Willie Mullins. Edwardstone, last year’s Arkle winner, appears to be the biggest threat to the double. The first race is the Novices’ Hurdle (1.30pm) where Impaire Et Passe leads the market but British hopes rest with Hermes Allen.
Elsewhere, Gerri Colombe (2.10pm), Delta Work (4.10pm), Andy Dufresne (4.50pm) and It’s For Me (5.30pm) will all triumph in Gloucestershire, although the weather forecast is expected to play more of a part today, with rain , which is expected to fall later in the day. Follow all the action from Prestbury Park with our dedicated blog below!
Preview: Ballymore Novices’ hurdle
Willie Mullins should give the punters a good start in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (1.30) with Impairment Et Passe. With two wins from two games it’s hard to tell how good he is but he certainly seems to be improving at distance now.
Paul Nicholls (left) has become a marginal figure at Cheltenham in recent years and he will rarely be happy to win when Hermes Allen scores. Ultra-impressive in his three races so far, he is dangerous to discount with Barry Connell also optimistic about Good Land.
Reminder of our tips for Day 2…
1:30 p.m.: Impairment Et Passe
2:10 p.m: Gerri Colombe
2.50 p.m.: An epic song
3:30 p.m.: Nube Negra
4:10 p.m.: delta work
4:50 p.m.: heart sublime
17:30: Better days ahead
1:30 p.m.: Ballymore Novices Hurdle
Here are some current odds for this afternoon’s opening race. Impaire Et Passe favorite to start Mullins and Townend’s partnership successfully on day two.
Impairment Et Passe 15/8
Hermes Allen 3/1
Good country 9/2
Gaelic Warrior 11/2
Champ Kiely 15/2
Ho sir 25/1
American Mike 33/1
Marble sand 100/1
Persian time 100/1
Master Chewy 125/1
odds over bet fair.
Irish dominance at Cheltenham
Ireland lead 5-2 in the Prestbury Cup after the opening day of the festival. The first eight runners to go home in yesterday’s opening race were Irish, so it was quite an ominous start.
It’s safe to say that we can expect more of the same over the next three days.
Soccer kings… and real kings
Can Energumene be stopped?
This time last year, the Champion Chase was advertised as a head-to-head between Energumene and Shishkin.
That certainly wasn’t the case as Shishkin was withdrawn after a straight fight and drove Energumene to victory.
Doubling is definitely the order of the day…
Certainly a good name…
Energumene or Edwardstone in the Champion Chase?
Rachael Blackmore and Henry de Bromhead will be hoping it’s neither as Captain Guinness is in the big goal today at 18/1.
“Captain Guinness has been solid all year,” said Blackmore bet fair.
“He was impressive when he won the Fortria Chase at Navan on his season debut in November and he was second to Blue Lord in the Grade 1 Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas when he had good horses behind him.
“He’s got to improve there again if he wants to compete in the Champion Chase, he’s still got to find a little bit of ratings, but at home he’s in great shape and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ran above his.” rating and its chances. He is a class horse and deserves to take his chance in a race like this.”
Double for Corach Rambler
Corach Rambler won the Ultima again yesterday, a remarkable achievement albeit somewhat overshadowed by what came later in the day.
Here’s a look at Oscars Elite from Harry Cobden’s perspective as Corach Rambler charged up the hill.
McCoy is sticking to the stick rules
Retirement hasn’t always been easy for AP McCoy. At his first Cheltenham Festivals he struggled with the idea of not riding the horses he had once ridden to famous victories.
With these horses all having made their way into retirement, life after the race has become easier to bear, so he’s not sure if he were still riding he would even be attending this week’s festival.
Angry and embarrassed, McCoy is turning his venom on Britain’s Horse Racing Authority over its new whip rules, which he fears will become the headline of this week’s races.
“I feel so lucky not to be a jockey anymore,” he said. “Maybe I live on another planet now after I retire, I probably do, I’m just a frigging ex-jockey.
“I have to be careful not to sound like someone all jockeys should listen to, but why would you show up? If none of them go, it’s not great, is it?”
Read our exclusive interview with McCoy here
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