Cheltenham Festival News

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival: Ruby Walsh and Lydia Hislop's daily reflections

Mon 22 Mar 2021

There was no shortage of quality, drama or excitement during the four-day Festival. Watch what Our Road To Cheltenham presenters made of all the action in their daily round-ups.

Day One: Honey so sweet

Appreciate It and Shishkin got the meeting off to a bang and then Honeysuckle was a superb winner of the Unibet Champion Hurdle.

Vintage Clouds made it fifth time lucky in the Ultima and there was an 80-1 shock in the Boodles. And there was a double for Denice Foster with Black Tears and Galvin hitting the target.

Day Two: Kettle comes to boil

Bob Olinger and Monkfish got the ball rolling on Wednesday before Put The Kettle pulled out all the stops to land the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

The feelgood factor was in danger of going off the scale after the incredible Tiger Roll won at the meeting for a fifth time, plus there were popular wins for the connections of Heaven Help Us and Sky Pirate. And, for good measure, two exciting horses for the future - Sir Gerhard and Kilcruit, fought out the Bumper.

Day Three: Allaho runs rivals ragged

Allaho was a stunning winner of the Ryanair Chase before Flooring Porter made all in the Stayers' Hurdle after a late switch of jockey.

The day started with Jack Kennedy disconsolate after an early tumble from the previously unbeaten Envoi Allen and ended with the same jockey somehow winning on Mount Ida after trading at 999-1 in-running. Chantry House, Mrs Milner, The Shunter and Telmesomethingg were other winners for Lydia and Ruby to reflect on.

Day Four: A golden finale

The Gold Cup had a lot to live up to after events of the previous three days but the meeting's showpiece delivered big time with stablemates Minella Indo and A Plus Tard fighting out the finish under the two jockeys of the meeting - Kennedy and Rachael Blackmore - for trainer Henry De Bromhead, who in the process became the first trainer to land the Champion Hurdle, Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup in the same year.

Quilixios, Belfast Banter, Vanillier, Colreevy and Galopin des Champs took Ireland's overall win haul to a remarkable 23, with Porlock Bay's short-head win in the Hunter preventing the deflated British suffering a blank.

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