Cheltenham festival: All Tuesday’s declared runners plus some comment


Sprinter Sacre heads a final field of seven for the Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase following the final declarations for Wednesday’s feature race.

Last year’s winner Finian’s Rainbow will not return to defend his crown but the 2011 winner Sizing Europe has been declared after trainer Henry de Bromhead opted to run his stable star in the two-mile event as opposed to Thursday’s Ryanair Chase.

The supplemented Mail De Bievre stands his ground as does Somersby who will be running at his fifth consecutive Cheltenham Festival. The field is made up of the trio of Sanctuaire, Tataniano and Wishfull Thinking,who fell in the race last year.

The final declarations for the remainder of Tuesday’s card have also come through and a total of 12 horses have been confirmed for the William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, headed by current favourite My Tent Or Yours. Owner J P McManus is likely to be responsible for the first two in the market after Jezki stood his ground whilst last year’s Weatherbys Champion Bumper winner Champagne Fever has also been declared. However, the well-fancied Melodic Rendezvous misses the race after scoping badly.

A total of seven horses stand their ground in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase with Simonsig and Overturn set to do battle in one of the most eagerly-anticipated clashes of the week. The Irish-trained pair of Arvika Ligeonnaire and Baily Green have also been confirmed to run whilst the field is completed by His Excellency, Majala and the Lucinda Russell-trained Tap Night.

Quevega will face 18 rivals as she bids to emulate the great Golden Miller in winning at five consecutive Festivals. Willie Mullins’ mare has taken the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle for the past four years and bookmakers make her odds-on once again to land the spoils. Her main rivals Une Artiste (winner of last year’s Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle) and Kentford Grey Lady both line up against her whilst David Pipe has also declared Swing Bowler, a daugher of Cheltenham specialist Lady Cricket.

Enda Bolger has won four renewals of the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase and he is responsible for two of the final field of 16 in the shape of Arabella Boy (Nina Carberry) and Freneys Well (Richie McLernon). Last year’s winner Balthazar King has not been declared but the 2011 winner Sizing Australia has alongside the 2010 victor A New Story as have the Willie Mullins-trained pair of Uncle Junior (Patrick Mullins) and Shakervilz (Katie Walsh).

The biggest fields of the day unsurprisingly come in the two most competitive handicaps with a maximum field of 24 set to line-up for the JLT Specialty Chase whilst 20, also a maximum, have been declared for the Rewards4Racing Novices’ Handicap Chase. Quartz de Thaix heads the weights for the former with the Colin Tizzard-trained Golden Chieftain the last horse to sneak in the race at the bottom of the handicap. Last year’s runner-up Fruity O’Rooney stands his ground as does the ante-post favourite Our Mick but Cantlow is a notable absentee though Paul Webber’s gelding does hold other entries later on in the week.

Rajdhani Express carries top-weight in the Rewards4Racing Novices’ Handicap Chase with Tim Vaughan’s Saved By John the last horse to get a run in that particular race. Ante-post favourite Colour Squadron stands his ground as does the 2011 Coral Cup winner Carlito Brigante.

Tuesday’s Eliminations

JLT Specialty Chase: Battle Group, De Boitron, Thegreatjohnbrownie, Billie Magern, Mountainous, No Secrets, Ballyoliver, Time For Spring, Pentiffic, Glenquest, Lively Baron, Prophete de Guye, Riguez Dancer, Plein Pouvoir, Bescot Springs.

Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase: Dashing George, Pentiffic, Gullible Gordon, Shalimar Fromentro, Triggerman, Victrix Gale, Midnight Haze, Paco Jack, Drawn N Drank, Northern Alliance, Doctor Pat, Clear Hills.

Rewards4Racing Novices’ Handicap Chase: Kingsmere, Rouge Et Blanc, Eastlake, Yurok, Battle Group, Urgence d’Estruval, Kealigolane, Saphir River, Mountainous, Toner d’Oudairies, Ballypatrick, Nobunga, Escort’men, Sustainability, Top Smart, Bennys Mist, Arbeo, Saoirse Dun, Clouded Thoughts, Megastar, Sew On Target, Please Talk, Gores Island.


1:30pm William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (12), 2m 110yds, Grade 1
1 Cause of Causes (USA) Gordon Elliott, Ireland 11st 7lb Davy Condon
2 Champagne Fever (IRE) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 11st 7lb R. Walsh
3 Cheltenian (FR) Philip Hobbs 11st 7lb Richard Johnson
4 Dodging Bullets Paul Nicholls 11st 7lb Daryl Jacob
5 Fire King (Sheepskin C/P) Daniel Steele 11st 7lb Liam Treadwell
6 Jezki (IRE) Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland 11st 7lb Robbie Power
7 My Tent Or Yours (IRE) Nicky Henderson 11st 7lb A. P. McCoy
8 Ostentation (Hood) Alastair Lidderdale 11st 7lb Will Kennedy
9 Pique Sous (FR) (Tongue Strap) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 11st 7lb Paul Townend
10 Puffin Billy (IRE) Oliver Sherwood 11st 7lb Leighton Aspell
11 River Maigue (IRE) Nicky Henderson 11st 7lb Barry Geraghty
12 Un Atout (FR) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 11st 7lb Davy Russell

2.05pm Racing Post Arkle (7), 2m, Grade 1
1 Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 11st 7lb R. Walsh
2 Baily Green (IRE) (Tongue Strap) M. F. Morris, Ireland 11st 7lb D. J. Casey
3 His Excellency (IRE) (Blinkers) David Pipe 11st 7lb Tom Scudamore
4 Majala (FR) (Tongue Strap) Tom George 11st 7lb Paddy Brennan
5 Overturn (IRE) Donald McCain 11st 7lb Jason Maguire
6 Simonsig Nicky Henderson 11st 7lb Barry Geraghty
7 Tap Night (USA) Lucinda Russell 11st 7lb A. P. McCoy

2:40pm JLT Specialty Handicap Chase (24 – 15 eliminations), 3m 110yds, Grade 3
1 Quartz de Thaix (FR) Venetia Williams 11st 12lb Aidan Coleman
2 Midnight Chase (Tongue Strap) Neil Mulholland 11st 11lb Dougie Costello
3 Planet of Sound (Tongue Strap) Philip Hobbs 11st 9lb Richard Johnson
4 Cloudy Too (IRE) Sue Smith 11st 5lb Wayne Hutchinson
5 The Package (Tongue Strap) David Pipe 11st 5lb Timmy Murphy
6 Hey Big Spender (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Colin Tizzard 11st 4lb Joe Tizzard
7 Our Mick Donald McCain 11st 4lb Jason Maguire
8 Nadiya de La Vega (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) Nicky Henderson 11st 3lb A. P. McCoy
9 Quantitativeeasing (IRE) Nicky Henderson 11st 3lb Barry Geraghty
10 Knockara Beau (IRE) (Tongue Strap) George Charlton 11st 1lb Paddy Brennan
11 Tour des Champs (FR) Nigel Twiston-Davies 10st 12lb Sam Twiston-Davies
12 Merry King (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Jonjo O’Neill 10st 12lb Richie McLernon
13 Fruity O’Rooney (Sheepskin C/P) Gary Moore 10st 12lb Jamie Moore
14 Jadanli (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Paul John Gilligan, Ireland 10st 11lb A. E. Lynch
15 Tenor Nivernais (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) Venetia Williams 10st 11lb Robert Dunne (3)
16 Pete The Feat (IRE) Charlie Longsdon 10st 10lb Noel Fehily
17 Loch Ba (IRE) Mick Channon 10st 10lb Dominic Elsworth
18 Nuts N Bolts (Tongue Strap) Lucinda Russell 10st 8lb Peter Buchanan
19 Poole Master David Pipe 10st 7lb Tom Scudamore
20 Monkerty Tunkerty Miss Jessica Westwood 10st 7lb Will Kennedy
21 Tullamore Dew (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Nick Gifford 10st 6lb Tom Cannon (3)
22 White Star Line (IRE) D. T. Hughes, Ireland 10st 5lb Bryan J. Cooper
23 Summery Justice (IRE) Venetia Williams 10st 5lb Liam Treadwell
24 Golden Chieftain (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Colin Tizzard 10st 5lb Brendan Powell (3)
Eliminated: Battle Group, De Boitron (FR), Thegreatjohnbrowne (IRE), Billie Magern, Mountainous (IRE), No Secrets (IRE), Ballyoliver, Time For Spring (IRE), Pentiffic (NZ), Glenquest (IRE), Lively Baron (IRE), Prophete de Guye (FR), Riguez Dancer, Plein Pouvoir (FR), Bescot Springs (IRE)

3:20pm Stan James Champion Hurdle (9), 2m 110yds, Grade 1
1 Balder Succes (FR) Alan King 11st 10lb Wayne Hutchinson
2 Binocular (FR) Nicky Henderson11st 10lb A. P. McCoy
3 Cinders And Ashes Donald McCain11st 10lb Jason Maguire
4 Countrywide Flame John Quinn 11st 10lb Denis O’Regan
5 Grandouet (FR) Nicky Henderson11st 10lb Barry Geraghty
6 Hurricane Fly (IRE) W. P. Mullins, Ireland11st 10lb R. Walsh
7 Khyber Kim Nicky Henderson 11st 10lb Paddy Brennan
8 Rock On Ruby (IRE) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Harry Fry 11st 10lb Noel Fehily
9 Zarkandar (IRE) Paul Nicholls11st 10lb Daryl Jacob

4.00pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase (16 – 12 eliminations), 3m 7f
1 Uncle Junior (IRE) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 11st 12lb Mr P. W. Mullins
2 Outlaw Pete (IRE) John Halley, Ireland 11st 2lb Mr Josh Halley (7)
3 Bostons Angel (IRE) Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland 11st 0lb Robbie Power
4 Sizing Australia (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Henry de Bromhead, Ireland 10st 11lb A. E. Lynch
5 Arabella Boy (IRE) Enda Bolger, Ireland 10st 9lb Miss N. Carberry
6 Passato (GER) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Jo Davis 10st 7lb Timmy Murphy
7 Saddlers Storm (IRE) A. J. Martin, Ireland 10st 6lb Paul Carberry
8 Big Shu (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Peter Maher, Ireland 10st 5lb B. M. Cash
9 A New Story (IRE) M. Hourigan, Ireland 10st 4lb A. P. Heskin (3)
10 Any Currency (IRE) (Eyeshields, Tongue Strap) Martin Keighley 10st 2lb Ian Popham (3)
11 Freneys Well (Sheepskin C/P) Enda Bolger, Ireland 10st 1lb Richie McLernon
12 Shakervilz (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 10st 0lb Ms K. Walsh
13 Leac An Scail (IRE) Joanne Foste r 10st 0lb Samantha Drake (7)
14 Sacree Tiepy (FR) (Tongue Strap) Emmanuel Clayeux, France 10st 0lb James Reveley
15 Wedger Pardy (IRE) (Blinkers) Kim Bailey 10st 0lb Miss J. Coward (7)
16 Double Dizzy (Tongue Strap) Bob Buckler 10st 0lb Andrew Glassonbury
Eliminated: Dashing George (IRE), Pentiffic (NZ), Gullible Gordon (IRE), Shalimar Fromentro (FR), Triggerman, Victrix Gale (IRE), Midnight Haze, Paco Jack (IRE), Drawn N Drank (IRE), Northern Alliance (IRE), Doctor Pat (IRE), Clear Hills (IRE)

4.40pm OLBG Mares’ Hurdle (19), 2m 4f, Grade 2
1 Alasi Paul Webber 11st 5lb Dominic Elsworth
2 Kauto Shiny (FR) Tom George 11st 5lb Paddy Brennan
3 Mae’s Choice (IRE) Gordon Elliott, Ireland 11st 5lb Paul Carberry
4 Quevega (FR) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 11st 5lb R. Walsh
5 Shadow Eile (IRE) Mrs D. A. Love, Ireland 11st 5lb Andrew J. McNamara
6 She Ranks Me (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Donald McCain 11st 5lb Jason Maguire
7 Sirene d’Ainay (FR) (Tongue Strap) Emmanuel Clayeux, France 11st 5lb Jonathan Plouganou
8 Une Artiste (FR) Nicky Henderson 11st 5lb Barry Geraghty
9 Cloudy Spirit Reg Hollinshead 11st 0lb
10 Epee Celeste (FR) Michael Chapman 11st 0lb Gerard Galligan
11 Kaffie Kim Bailey 11st 0lb Sam Twiston-Davies
12 Kentford Grey Lady Emma Lavelle 11st 0lb Noel Fehily
13 Lady Kathleen Paul Webber 11st 0lb Denis O’Regan
14 Miss Milborne Jamie Snowden 11st 0lb Harry Skelton
15 Prima Porta Evan Williams 11st 0lb Paul Moloney
16 Shop Dj (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Peter Fahey, Ireland 11st 0lb A. P. Crowe
17 Stone Light (FR) Venetia Williams 11st 0lb Aidan Coleman
18 Swincombe Flame (Tongue Strap) Nick Williams 11st 0lb Daryl Jacob
19 Swing Bowler David Pipe 11st 0lb Timmy Murphy

5.15pm Rewards4Racing Novices’ Handicap Chase (20 – 23 eliminations), 2m 4f 110yds, Listed Race
1 Rajdhani Express Nicky Henderson 11st 12lb Mr S. Waley-Cohen (5)
2 Kruzhlinin (GER) Donald McCain 11st 12lb Jason Maguire
3 Colour Squadron (IRE) Philip Hobbs 11st 11lb A. P. McCoy
4 Klepht (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Thomas Mullins, Ireland 11st 11lb Paul Townend
5 Ackertac (IRE) (Blinkers) Nigel Twiston-Davies 11st 9lb Sam Twiston-Davies
6 Vulcanite (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Charlie Longsdon 11st 9lb Richard Johnson
7 Carlito Brigante (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Gordon Elliott, Ireland 11st 9lb Davy Russell
8 Shangani (USA) Venetia Williams 11st 9lb Aidan Coleman
9 Fourjacks Tim Easterby 11st 7lb Brian Harding
10 The Druids Nephew (IRE) Andy Turnell 11st 7lb Tom Scudamore
11 Forgotten Gold (IRE) Tom George 11st 7lb
12 Bobowen (IRE) Dr Richard Newland 11st 7lb Nick Scholfield
13 Ohio Gold (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Colin Tizzard 11st 6lb Joe Tizzard
14 Restless Harry (Blinkers) Robin Dickin 11st 6lb Henry Oliver
15 Howard’s Legacy (IRE) Venetia Williams 11st 6lb (5lb ex) Liam Treadwell
16 Johns Spirit (IRE) Jonjo O’Neill 11st 5lb Richie McLernon
17 Hazy Tom (IRE) Charlie Longsdon 11st 5lb Noel Fehily
18 Nataani (IRE) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Jo Davis 11st 5lb Timmy Murphy
19 Arthur’s Pass Tom George 11st 5lb (5lb ex) Paddy Brennan
20 Saved By John (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Tim Vaughan 11st 4lb Michael Byrne (3)
Eliminated: Kingsmere, Rouge Et Blanc (FR), Eastlake (IRE), Yurok (IRE), Battle Group, Urgence d’Estruval (FR), Kealigolane (IRE), Saphir River (FR), Mountainous (IRE), Toner d’Oudairies (FR), Ballypatrick (IRE), Nobunaga, Escort’men (FR), Sustainability (IRE), Top Smart, Bennys Mist (IRE), Arbeo (IRE), Saoirse Dun (IRE), Clouded Thoughts (IRE), Megastar, Sew On Target (IRE)

One thought on “Cheltenham festival: All Tuesday’s declared runners plus some comment

  1. I was going to have a little tickle on Flying Cross in the 13:30. I’m sure there will be many more out by noon tomorrow. if racing goes ahead! minus 3 cel tonight there. Wrap up warm if youir going.

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