LiveCHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: Day Three

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Summary

  • Feature race: Ladbrokes World Hurdle (3.20)
  • More Of That wins World Hurdle for Jonjo O'Neill, ahead of Annie Power in 2nd
  • Big Buck's retired after finishing fifth in World Hurdle
  • Dynaste wins Ryanair Chase
  • David Pipe trains two winners, Ballynagour and Dynaste
  • Tweet me using hashtag #adverfest or comment below

4:50pm

With only the Charity Race left to come today, that concludes today's action. Join me again tomorrow for the final day of the Cheltenham Festival, which features the Gold Cup at 3.20pm.

4:49pm

Winning jockey: Robbie McNamara

Winning trainer: Jim Culloty

4:47pm

Full Result:

1. Spring Heeled

2. Cause of Causes

3. Roberto Goldback

4. Balnaslow

4:47pm

Spring Heeled wins, from Cause of Causes, who was finishing so strongly

4:47pm

Huge mistake at the last by Cause of Causes

4:46pm

Spring Heeled is still moving ahead

4:46pm

Indian Castle is coming up the inside

4:45pm

Pickamus and Spring Heeled are the front two

4:45pm

Buddy Bolero falls

4:45pm

Balnaslow has come up

4:44pm

Spring Heeled, Tabhachtach and Twirling Magnet are the front three

4:43pm

Spring Heeled still leads

4:43pm

Twirling Magnet is up on the rails near the front

4:43pm

Tabhachtach is in third, behind Buddy Bolero and Spring Heeled

4:42pm

Bad mistake by Same Difference

4:42pm

Spring Heeled still leads

4:42pm

The grey Pickamus is in third

4:41pm

Buddy Bolero and Spring Heeled lead

4:40pm

And they're off

4:38pm

They are down by the start.

4:38pm

Buddy Bolero is an interesting case as he is going back over fences and is wearing blinkers for the first time. If he won, under Katie Walsh, it would be a David Pipe treble.

4:34pm

Many are siding with Cause Of Causes, trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Nina Carberry

4:33pm

Fine Parchment represents Upper Lambourn-based trainer Charlie Mann, and this will be amateur jockey Harry Bannister’s first ride at Cheltenham. He claims 5lbs and is sitting on a more-than-capable horse.

4:32pm

Warren Greatrex has Tranquil Sea, who is second weight behind Roberto Goldback.

4:30pm

There are three Lambourn-trained runners in this. First up is Roberto Goldback for Nicky Henderson, who will be the ride of Sam Waley-Cohen.

4:25pm

23 horses go to post 

4:24pm

In another big field, it’s difficult to call a winner for this. However, the favourite is Indian Castle, trained by Donald McCain who has won this twice before.

4:21pm

The last competitive race of the day is the Kim Muir Challenge Cup, off at 4.40.

4:09pm

The top five in that have all came from the top seven in the weights!

4:08pm

The winning distance was 8 lengths

4:08pm

Winning Jockey: Tom Scudamore

Winning Trainer: David Pipe

4:07pm

That's second for AP McCoy

4:07pm

Full Result:

1. Ballynagour

2. Colour Squadron

3. Tatenen

4. Johns Spirit

5. Third Intention

4:06pm

Ballynagour wins it, from Colour Squadron

4:06pm

Colour Squadron and Ballynagour coming

4:06pm

Tatenen leads from Third Intention

4:05pm

Mistake for Giorgio Quercus

4:05pm

Top weight Champion Court still leads

4:04pm

Early order still stands

4:04pm

Huge field here, so hard to call

4:03pm

Now it is Champion Court, Tatenen in second, Act of Kalanisi third

4:03pm

Act of Kalanisi in second on the outside

4:02pm

The early leader is Champion Court

4:01pm

And they're off...this time it's OK

4:01pm

A few of the had to jump the first fence as they were going too quickly

4:00pm

Huge booes from the crowd

4:00pm

Two horses were left behind and the rest of the field have been called back

4:00pm

FALSE START!

4:00pm

And they're off...

3:57pm

They are down at the start.

3:57pm

Could Nico de Boinville and Nicky Henderson strike up another win, this time with Giorgio Quercus?

3:55pm

Alan King has Bless The Wings, who will be ridden by Swindon-born Wayne Hutchinson.

3:54pm

The favourite for this is Colour Squadron, trained by Philip Hobbs and ridden by AP McCoy. There are two other JP McManus-owned horses in this, Tap Night and Nadiya De La Vega, and they are only distinguishable from the colour of their caps.

3:54pm

After that battle in the World Hurdle, we are back over the bigger fences with the Byrne Group Plate. This is a Grade 3 run over 2m4f, and there’s a big field of 24.

3:48pm

News has just come in that Big Buck's has been retired. Winner of four World Hurdles, he was a great horse.

3:44pm

Big Buck's finished down in fifth, looks like the Champion is past his prime

3:41pm

Barry Geraghty celebrates his third win of the Festival, on the brilliant More Of That:The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

3:39pm

Ruby Walsh looks completely gutted that Annie Power was beaten on her 11th run:The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

3:27pm

Full Result:

1. More Of That

2. Annie Power

3. At Fishers Cross

3:26pm

It's a win for More Of That

3:25pm

More Of That and At Fishers Cross battling with Annie Power

3:25pm

Annie Power is up there

3:25pm

It is now a battle, Rule The World has come up to challenge

3:25pm

They turn down the hill with Reve de Sivola still in front

3:25pm

They turn down the hill with Reve de Sivola still in front

3:24pm

Annie Power is travelling well for Ruby Walsh but is at the back of the field

3:24pm

Reve de Sivola just puts his nose in front to lead again

3:23pm

Celestial Halo takes the lead

3:23pm

Is Ruby just waiting patiently on Annie Power or will he struggle to match the pace?

3:23pm

All jumped that cleanly

3:22pm

Big Buck's has moved up to third

3:22pm

Reve de Sivola still leads, from Celestial Halo

3:21pm

Annie Power is on the rails at the back of the field

3:21pm

Big Buck's is in fourth, At Fishers Cross in fifth

3:20pm

Celestial Halo in second, Rule the World in third

3:20pm

Reve de Sivola leads early on

3:20pm

And they're off and racing...

3:18pm

They are circling near the start now

3:18pm

AP McCoy rides At Fishers Cross, who won the Albert Bartlett here, could he win this at 9/1?

3:17pm

Annie Power is going off at 5/4, Big Buck's 7/2

3:16pm

They are heading down to the start now, if we are tense I wonder what the jockeys and connections must be feeling right now

3:14pm

As the horses parade, the tension is hotting up. 2 outstanding horses collide with 9 others that can't be ruled out, but who will come out on top?

3:11pm

Aside from the two leading contenders, there are other very capable horses in the field.

The pick of the rest are At Fishers Cross, ridden by AP McCoy, and More Of That, who McCoy hasn’t chosen. There are some pundits thinking he may have made the wrong decision, surely not for a second time this week?

3:10pm

The runners and riders are just making their way down to the track to parade in front of the Grandstand

3:07pm

I caught up with jockey Mattie Batchelor earlier and asked him who he thought would win. Here's what he said:

“I would love to see Big Buck’s win a fifth World Hurdle, but the form of Annie Power – 10 times unbeaten – she’s the up-and-coming classy horse! The only thing is she hasn’t come up against a battle, but she should meet him today. On the form she’s in, she should win it. My heart says Big Bucks, my head says Annie Power.”

3:04pm

It’s difficult to choose between them, given that Big Buck’s has won this four times, and is sure to improve on his third in the Cleeve Hurdle in January, but Annie Power will claim 7lbs for being a mare and has the form coming into this.

3:03pm

The story coming into this has been the battle between the legend Big Buck’s and the unbeaten Irish mare Annie Power.

3:00pm

So, 20 minutes until the big race of the day: The Ladbrokes Hurdle. 

2:57pm

Tom Scudamore was a very happy man after that valiant run up the hill from Dynaste.The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

2:47pm

Winning Jockey: Tom Scudamore

Winning Trainer: David Pipe

2:46pm

Full Result:

1. Dynaste

2. Hidden Cyclone

3. Rajdhani Express

2:46pm

Dynaste wins that under Tom Scudamore

2:45pm

Dynaste streaking ahead approaching the line

2:45pm

2:45pm

Can Dynaste take this?

2:45pm

Hidden Cyclone still out in front

2:45pm

They turn for home

2:44pm

Rajdhani Express is running well for Sam Waley-Cohen, just behind Hidden Cyclone

2:44pm

They are just coming down to the fourth last fence

2:44pm

Tom Scudamore chooses the outside line for Dynaste, who is quite far back

2:43pm

Hidden Cyclone running well for Andrew McNamara

2:43pm

Al Ferof and Dynaste are further back, Al Ferof has been shaken along by jockey Daryl Jacob

2:43pm

Benefficient is in second

2:42pm

Sam Twiston-Davies still leads on Kauto Stone

2:41pm

12 lengths cover the pack

2:41pm

Hidden Cyclone in second, Benefficient in third

2:40pm

Kauto Stone takes the early lead

2:40pm

And they're off...

2:39pm

We are nearing the start of this third race.

2:39pm

Hunt Ball is a Cheltenham hero, can he get back to his best?

2:37pm

It is still hard to see exactly what is happening on the television, but the runners are down at the start.

2:36pm

On the form of the last race, Menorah could be in with a shout, with Richard Johnson riding another Philip Hobbs-trained horse.

2:36pm

Benefficient is described as "tactically versatile" in today's racecard, but will the two well-fancied greys, Al Ferof and Dynaste, come up trumps?

2:35pm

Benefficient is described as "tactically versatile" in today's racecard, but will the two well-fancied greys, Al Ferof and Dynaste, come up trumps?

2:34pm

Alan King trains Medermit, who will be ridden by Choc Thornton.

2:33pm

Nicky Henderson has two in this, Hunt Ball (Barry Geraghty) and Rajdhani Express (Sam Waley-Cohen).

2:33pm

The favourite leading up to today was Benefficient, trained by Tony Martin and ridden by Davy Russell. However, there has been huge support for Dynaste, who is now 3/1

2:31pm

Last year, Cue Card won this for Colin Tizzard, and from that field only Menorah returns.

2:31pm

The third race of the day is the Ryanair Chase, over an intermediate distance of 2m5f and is restricted to five-year-olds and upwards.

2:13pm

Winning Jockey: Richard Johnson

Winning Trainer: Philip Hobbs

2:13pm

Full Result:

1. Fingal Bay

2. Southfield Theatre

3. Pineau De Re

4. Trustan Times

5. Jetson

2:13pm

Roar from the crowd as Fingal Bay is announced as the winner

2:12pm

It will only be a nostril separating them when the photo finish decision is given!

2:12pm

Cameras are trained on Southfield Theatre

2:12pm

Or maybe not, PHOTO FINISH

2:11pm

That's a tight finish, but Fingal Bay has just held the lead

2:10pm

Fingal Bay leads from Southfield Theatre

2:10pm

Jetson is looming, Fingal Bay too

2:10pm

Cross Kennon just jumped in front of If In Doubt

2:09pm

AP McCoy going the outside line

2:09pm

AP McCoy on If In Doubt is coming up

2:09pm

On The Bridge is at the back

2:09pm

Fingal Bay is looming

2:09pm

Cross Kennon and Grand Vision are the front pair

2:08pm

Richard Johnson has Fingal Bay tucked in behind the leaders

2:08pm

Grand Vision leads, from Cross Kennon and Quartz De Thaix

2:07pm

The large field are quite bunched up, travelling at 31mph

2:07pm

Grand Vision still leads

2:06pm

Still the same leaders, Cross Kennon is in third

2:06pm

Fingal Bay is currently in seventh

2:05pm

Vics Canvas has fallen

2:05pm

Grand Vision is the early leader, with Quartz De Thaix

2:05pm

And they're off...

2:03pm

The runners are by the start.

2:03pm

There is no Willie Mullins horse in this, so Ruby Walsh has replaced Bryan Cooper on Seefood

2:02pm

Refusing to succumb to injury, AP McCoy rides another Hobbs-trained horse, If In Doubt.

2:01pm

The favourite is number 1, Fingal Bay, who is trained by Philip Hobbs, and will be ridden by Richard Johnson

2:01pm

Jetson, who was third in this last year, returns for Jessica Harrington. The 9-year-old, who will be ridden by amateur jockey Paddy Kennedy, was 14/1 at the weekend but is now as short as 9/1. This is likely to be because he is a half-brother to Champion Hurdle winner Jezki.

2:00pm

Nicky Henderson has Mister Dillon and Utopie Des Bordes in this, neither of which are favourites.

2:00pm

Run over 3 miles, there is a big field today of 24 horses. This race is restricted to horses that have finished in the first eight of the Pertemps Qualifiers throughout the season.

1:59pm

Next up is the Pertemps at 2:05pm

1:59pm

AP McCoy looked very sore after his win in that race, after his fall yesterday. He did, however say: "Probably not as sore as Bryan Cooper"

1:35pm

Winning Jockey: AP McCoy

Winning Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill

1:35pm

Full Result:

1. Taquin Du Seuil

2. Uxizandre

3. Double Ross

4. Felix Yonger

1:34pm

Can Uxizandre hold on?

1:34pm

Taquin du Sueil is coming

1:33pm

Djakadam fell

1:33pm

Its Uxizandre from Double Ross, then Off the Ground

1:32pm

They are more bunched up now

1:31pm

Alan King's Uxizandre is going a quick pace and taking these fences on, leads by a few lengths

1:30pm

Uxizandre leads now, Oscar Whisky has fallen

1:30pm

Double Ross is the early leader

1:30pm

And they're off...

1:29pm

Runners are circling down by the start.

1:24pm

If you're watching the television coverage you will see the visibility is still very poor out on the track.

1:23pm

This was the favourite Felix Yonger just now in the Paddock:The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

1:22pm

Alan King is represented by Uxizandre, who will be ridden by Choc Thornton. Headgear is back on the chestnut gelding after he started making jumping errors, and if it has the desired effect it could be an interesting outsider at 33/1.

1:20pm

Nicky Henderson saddles Oscar Whisky, who is a regular at Cheltenham. Barry Geraghty will be riding him, and hoping that the application of a tongue tie works wonders.

1:19pm

Back to the racing, and the horses are in the Paddock ahead of the first race.

1:19pm

Day Four of the Festival is officially called St Patrick's Thursday, and there are a lot of people wearing these hats today:The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

1:04pm

Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins won the first race on days one and two, could they make it a hat-trick with favourite Felix Yonger, who has been backed into 7/2?

1:01pm

This is a Grade 1 run over 2m 4f, and 12 runners go to post. It has only been in the racecard for the last 3 years, and each time has been won by an Irish-trained horse.

12:58pm

With just over half an hour to go til the off, let's run through the first race of the day, the JLT Novices’ Steeple Chase.

12:55pm

Another lovely story from yesterday was the win for Sire de Grugy in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. The stand-alone favourite had many a doubter in the crowd, and up here in the Media Centre, but stormed home to win it for father-son combination Gary and Jamie Moore.

12:52pm

Before racing starts, let's take a moment to think about how Nico de Boinville would have felt when he woke up this morning. The amateur jockey has been waiting in the wings for a win like that for a while, and gave Whisper a brilliant ride to win the Coral Cup.

12:46pm

It is no exaggeration to say it's a real pea-souper out there!

12:42pm

Here's what we've got in store today:

1.30 JLT Novices’ Steeple Chase

2.05. Pertemps Network Final

2.40 Ryanair Steeple Chase

3.20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle

4.00 Byrne Group Plate

4.40 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup

5.15 Charity Race

12:38pm

Fog is causing chaos on the way into Cheltenham, and is still very much present across the racecourse. If winning a race at the Festival wasn't hard enough, it will be even more of a mission if the sun doesn't come out to burn this off!The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

12:32pm

Tweet me pictures of your betslips, you at Cheltenham or even the view from your sofa at home! Use the hashtag #adverfest or contact me directly @lauralambert8

12:30pm

Welcome to the third day of the Swindon Advertiser live text feed. I am Laura Lambert and will be running you through all of the races today, including what promises to be a veritable clash of the titans in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at 3.20pm.

 

12:00pm

THIS SERVICE WILL BEGIN AT 12:30pm

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