Cheltenham 2018 LIVE: Today’s results, tips, racecards and news from Cheltenham Festival
Tuesday saw the Festival start with the going heavy, soft in places, the toughest conditions on day one at Cheltenham since 1982.
However, it was quickly drying with the snow of just a few days earlier replaced by bright sunshine at times, and the sun shone on the punters as favourites galore came in.
Footpad, Coo Star Sivola and Buveur D’Air, the last of whom retain his Champion Hurdle crown despite a race-long tussle with Faugheen and a spirited finish from the fast-closing Melon.
Today, the Queen Mother Champion Chase will be the feature race – and there looks to be a three-way fight between Altior, Douvan and Min brewing.
Cheltenham day two LIVE
11.30am: The wind is gusting and that is helping the track dry. The round course is pretty much soft all the way around apparently so anything two miles or under will basically be considered soft, I think. Longer than that and there are some heavy patches.
It could be a little bit tacky though, maybe holding horses back a little bit. Important one for anyone basing their bets on the ground. Perhaps quicker than you think.
11am: Last year, Willie Mullins failed to get a single winner on day one. It was an unusual day in that sense. Well, he didn’t blank yesterday. A brilliant treble took him up to 57 while Nicky Henderson’s one winner took him up to 59 – could Mullins overtake him by the end of the week? That will be fascinating to see play out.
10.30am: Some sad news to report from yesterday. Mossback and Report to Base both died after falls. They did both look nasty at first viewing and unfortunately they have been destroyed.
Read the full story and the inevitable backlash here.
10am: Tips of course are what you’re all after. I know, I know. I won’t give you mine though (although I did ping three winners of my own yesterday, I’ll have you know). Instead, here’s what the Scout is backing.
The Scout tips: 1.30pm Samcro, 2.10pm Black Corton (nap), 2.50pm William Henry, 3.30pm Altior, 4.10pm The Last Samuri, 4.50pm Mitchouka, 5.30pm Acey Milan.
And if you’re after a more discursive view of each race, read his Cheltenham tips piece for Ladies Day.
9.30am: Good morning! Did you win money yesterday? If you didn’t you were doing something wrong. The Daily Express’ own tipster The Scout (officially the best in the country, you know) had four winners and plenty of punters picked up wins galore with favourites coming in three times in the early races.
And there’s no reason today couldn’t be similar, especially with the ground firming up. Here’s clerk of the course Simon Claisse on the subject.
“We’ve had a dry night. That hasn’t really affected the going. It was changed to soft, heavy in places after race five yesterday so on the chase, hurdle and cross-country [courses] we remain soft, heavy in places but there is a strong breeze blowing this morning.
“It may well be by the time we kick off at 1.30pm that we change the ground to soft all round but we’ll just see how things dry out. We are forecast a dry afternoon.”