Cheltenham festival is one of the most anticipated events in the sporting calendar and this year was no exception as we look into the race highlights over the 28 races over the 4-day period.
Cheltenham 2019 had an outstanding opening with a record-breaking 67,934 people attending the opening day. Not only that but despite the 4-drink rule that was implemented in 2017 where you can only purchase 4 drinks at any one time Cheltenham is still expected to sell around 265,000 pints of Guinness, 120,000 bottles of wine and 20,000 bottles of champers over the course of the festival.
This year Cheltenham ran from 12th–15th March with event hosted on the following days…
12th March – Champion Day
13th March – Ladies Day
14th March – St Patricks Day
15th March – Gold Cup Day
Day One: Champion Day – 12th March 2019
13.30: The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – Winner– Klassical Dream
14.10: The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase – Winner – Duc Des Genievres
14.50: The Ultima Handicap Chase – Winner – Beware The Bear
15.30: The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy – Winner – Espoir D’Allen
16.10: The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle – Winner – Roksana
16.50: The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase – Winner – A Plus Tard
17.30: The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup – Winner –Le Breuil
Day Two: Ladies Day – 13th March 2019
13.30: The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – Winner – City Island
14.10: The RSA Chase – Winner – Topofthegame
14.50: The Coral Cup Hurdle – Winner – William Henry
15.30: The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase – Winner – Altior
16.10: The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase – Winner – Tiger Roll
16.50: The Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle – Winner – Band of Outlaws
17.30: The Weatherbys Champion Bumper – Winner – Envoi Allen
Day Three: St Patrick’s Thursday – 14th March 2019
13.30: The JLT Novices’ Chase – Winner – Defi Du Seuil
14.10: The Pertemps Network Final – Winner – Sire Du Berlais
14.50: The Ryanair Chase – Winner – Frodon
15.30: The Sun Stayers’ Hurdle – Winner- Paisley Park
16.50: The Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle – Winner – Eglantine Du Seuil
17.30: The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap – Winner – Any Second Now
Day Four: Gold Cup Day – 15th March 2019
13.30: The JCB Triumph Hurdle – Winner – Pentland Hills
14.10: The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle – Winner – Ch’tibello
14.50: The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – Winner – Minella Indo
15.30: The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup – Winner – Al Boum Photo
16.10: The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup – Winner – Hazel Hill
16.50: The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual – Winner – Croco Bay
17.30: The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle – Winner – Early Doors
What horse took the highlight of Cheltenham 2019?
With so many horses performing outstandingly in this year’s Cheltenham Festival event it has been extremely tough to decide which horse won the crowd over, for me it has to be Tiger Roll as he is one of the most versatile horses I’ve ever seen. Not only did he win the Glenfarclas Cross Country on Day 2 Ladies Day but he previously won three others races at Cheltenham… two cross countries, the JCB Triumph Hurdle and a four mile National Hunt chase. Tiger Roll has been absolutely unstoppable and despite him getting on in age he is proving that age is just a number as he performs better than he’s ever been. For this reason, I believe he is the highlight of Cheltenham 2019 as he not only won the Glenfarclas event but he also won the hearts of the nation. Another firm favourite Altior who managed to defend his title in a extremely close, nail biting turn of events. Every horse that competed in this year’s Cheltenham festival has really upped their game since last year and it truly shows. I am extremely excited to see how they perform throughout the rest of the year.
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