CHELTENHAM results: Starsport is on hand to bring you a full rundown of today’s results.
All eyes today will be on the Champion Hurdle where Buveur D’Air and Apple’s Jade are expected to go head-to-head in a race bookies and punters are struggling to call.
Only five horses have celebrated victory on three occasions in the Champion Hurdle, but today a sixth will be added if Buveur D’Air captures the race, trained by legendary trainer Nicky Henderson.
“I think I would be comfortable to say he is as good as we have had him all year,” said Henderson, who has maximum respect for the opposition, in particular Apple’s Jade and Laurina.
“Barry (Geraghty) came and schooled him and then rode him in a bit of work last week and thought he felt great – sometimes he tells me he doesn’t.
“It would be great if he could do it as he would join history if he could. I do think it is more competitive than last year, but I don’t think he was right last year.
“Our two biggest problems are undoubtedly the two Irish mares and they are getting 7lb. If the ground goes soft it will suit Buveur D’Air, but it will also suit Apple’s Jade and Laurina.
“Nothing changes on that front. Buveur D’Air has been in good form, but I am frightened of the two mares. I think Laurina might be the slower of the two and in that case Apple’s Jade is the one to beat.”
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Cheltenham Day One racecard and results
1.30pm Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
1st Klassical Dream, 2nd Thomas Darby, 3rd Itchy Feet
2.10pm Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
1st Duc Des Genievres, 2nd Us And Them, 3rd Articulum
2.50pm Ultima Handicap Chase
1st Beware the Bear, 2nd Vintage Clouds, 3rd Lake View Lad
3.30pm Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
1st Espoir D’Allen, 2nd Melon, 3rd Silver Streak
4.10pm Mares’ Hurdle
1st Roksana, 2nd Stormy Ireland, 3rd Good Thyne Tara
4.50pm National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase
1st A Plus Tard, 2nd Tower Bridge, 3rd Ben Dundee
5.30pm Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
1st Le Breuil, 2nd Discorama, 3rd Jerrysback