All the news from day one of The Festival at Cheltenham, Champion Day

HURRICANE FLIES ON RUBY TUESDAY The brilliant Hurricane Fly became the only horse other than Comedy Of Errors to regain the Stan James Champion Hurdle when storming up the Cheltenham hill to score by two and a half lengths under Ruby Walsh. The nine-year-old, who finished third in last year’s race after winning in 2011, did not look to be travelling well in the early stages. “It’s brilliant. I can’t say I was ever overly confident – I’ve been confident for the past three weeks…

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase postponed

The Cross Country course is not fit for racing this afternoon, with parts still frozen, and the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeplechase has been postponed until 5.15pm on Thursday when the charity Flat race will move to 5.45pm. The transfer to Thursday, rather than tomorrow, will give more time for the course to become raceable again. The declared runners for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeplechase will stand for Thursday’s race.

Latest going plus declarations for Ladies Day, the Ryanair Chase & the Ladbrokes World Hurdle

At 12.15pm the going at Cheltenham improved from ‘soft’ to ‘soft, good to soft in places’ on both the hurdle and chase courses.   The going on the cross-country course remains ‘soft’.   WEDNESDAY’S DECLARED RUNNERS   1.30pm John Oaksey National Hunt Chase (16), 4m 1  Back In Focus (IRE) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 11st 6lb Mr P. W. Mullins 2  Buddy Bolero (IRE) David Pipe 11st 6lb Mr J. J. Codd 3  Drawn N Drank (IRE) Enda Bolger, Ireland 11st 6lb Mr J. T….

Review of the papers on Champion Day

‘Welcome one and all to sporting heaven’ is both a Racing Post headline and a fitting entree to day one at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival. Around 55,000 people will attend, and, while racing was put back to allow frost’s exit, those among the gathered mass who buy newspapers will not be short of reading in the lull – the nation’s press has gone overboard, providing rich entertainment in terms of tips, profiles, features, racing news and betting offers. You sense editors have been determined to…

Cheltenham betting news & statistics for Champion Day

The bookmakers have described trading as ‘steady’ this morning ahead of the first day of the Cheltenham Festival as the majority of punters decided to keep their powder dry ahead of the 10.30am inspection.   Betfair’s ‘will racing go ahead?’ market was probably the busiest betting event in the early skirmishes, with ‘Yes’ hitting a high of 1.68 on the exchanges before the meeting was eventually given the green light.   Champion Hurdle sponsors Stan James are top price on every horse in the race…

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