Cheltenham Festival 2018: Day Three

Un De Sceaux bids to defend his Ryanair crown before a competitive renewal of the Stayers' Hurdle

Ruaidhrí Croke Thu, Mar 15
 
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  • 11:50

    Hello, good afternoon and welcome to The Irish Times liveblog of day three at the Cheltenham Festival! Four Grade One races for you to get stuck into today with the Ryanair Chase and the Stayers' Hurdle the pick of the action. My name is Ruaidhrí Croke and I'll be with you for the afternoon as we begin by building up to the opening race of the day - the JLT Novice Chase. You can get involved by using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog so don't be afraid to send in tips and selections.

    To kick us off, here is today's card and the selections of our racing correspondent Brian O'Connor.

    1.30 JLT Novice Chase  Shattered Love 11-2
    2.10 Pertemps Handicap  Hurdle A Great View 12-1
    2.50 Ryanair Chase  Sub Lieutenant 22-1
    3.30 Stayers’ Hurdle  Unowhatimeanharry 8-1
    4.10 Brown Advisory Plate Handicap Chase  Movewiththetimes 15-2
    4.50 Mares Novice Hurdle  Laurina 4-7
    5.30 Kim Muir Handicap Chase  Band of Blood 10-1

  • 12:06
  • 12:10

    The going

    Racing switches to the New Course at Cheltenham today meaning a fresh track but very heavy rain overnight means the going remains soft, heavy in places. Below you can watch clerk of the course Simon Claisse go into more detail about today's ground.

    Non-runners

    As expected, Douvan will not run in the Ryanair Chase and is, in fact, already back in Ireland after his fall in the Champion Chase yesterday. Snow Falcon is out of the opening race of the day while there are a few others throughout the card.

    1.30 Snow Falcon
    2.10 Shantou Bob
    2.50 Douvan
    3.30 Apple’s Jade
    4.10 Go Conquer, Tully East
    4.50 Dame De Compagnie
    5.30 Heron Heights, Racing Pulse

    Tips

    Our resident Cheltenham tipster Tony Keenan has had some each way success so far this week and is back with three more selections today, including a 22-1 shot in the Ryanair Chase. You can read his selections below.

    Tony Keenan's Cheltenham Day Three tips

  • 12:25

    There is plenty of reading for you before today's racing, courtesy of our man at Cheltenham - Brian O'Connor.

    Robbie Power interview: 'Puppy' will have to muster all his power to ride Supasundae to victory

    Stayers' Hurdle preview: Unowhatimeanharry can prove age no hurdle in Stayers'

    Ryanair Chase preview: Conditions give Sub Lieutenant a chance for Ryanair glory

    Day Two report: Six Irish-trained winners on day two of Cheltenham Festival

    Champion Chase report: Altior overcomes all to prove true champion

  • 12:41

    Some tallies for you before we get underway today.

    The latest trainer's table:

    Willie Mullins 5
    Gordon Elliott 3
    Nicky Henderson 2
    P Kelly 1
    T George 1
    Nick Williams 1
    Mick Channon 1

    Latest jockey's table:

    R Walsh 2
    J Kennedy 2
    Lizzie Kelly 1
    Noel Fehily 1
    Barry Geraghty 1
    Patrick Mullins 1
    Brian Hughes 1
    Katie Walsh 1
    Mark Walsh 1
    Keith Donoghue 1
    Davy Russell 1
    N De Boinville 1

    Prestbury Cup:

    Ireland 9 UK 5

  • 12:52
  • 13:15

    Just 15 minutes until the first race! The JLT Novice Chase will see Terrefort and Invitation Only fight for the tag of favourite with the former currently edging it at 3-1. Gordon Elliott's Shattered Love is fancied while Finians Oscar could give Robbie Power another Festival winner.

    1.30 JLT Novice Chase

    Terrefort (Daryl Jacob, Nicky Henderson) 3-1
    Invitation Only (Paul Townend, Willie Mullins) 4-1
    Shattered Love (Jack Kennedy, Gordon Elliott) 5-1
    Finians Oscar (Robbie Power, Colin Tizzard) 6-1
    Kemboy (David Mullins, Willie Mullins) 9-1
    Benatar (Jamie Moore, Gary Moore) 10-1
    Modus (Barry Geraghty, Paul Nicholls) 11-1
    Bigmarte (Harry Bannister, Harry Whittington) 25-1
    West Approach (Tom Scudamore, Colin Tizzard) 33-1
    Snow Falcon (Sean Flanagan, Noel Meade) NR

  • 13:25

    Willie Mullins' Kemboy is being heavily backed to take this opener on the tricky, heavy ground. From a starting price of 18-1 the mount of David Mullins is now into 8s.

    Invitation Only is also heavily fancied and can make it three wins in a row for the Wylies in this race.

    For favourite Terrefort the left-handed track may cause problems as the five-year-old has never won on such a course.

    Shattered Love could set Jack Kennedy further ahead in the jockey's table with the 17-year-old now the bookies' favourite to take that title with Ruby Walsh - the only other two-time winner so far - now out of the Festival after aggravating that broken leg again yesterday.

    The horses are through the parade ring and on their way down to post!

  • 13:30
    THEY'RE OFF IN THE JLT NOVICE CHASE!
  • 13:31
    Bigmartre leads them out with Terrefort sitting handy behind, followed by Finians Oscar. Kemboy brings up the rear.
  • 13:33
    As they come past the stands for the first time Bigmartre still leads with Terrefort alongside him on the inside, Finians Oscar in third and Shattered Love just behind. Second-favourite Invitation Only brings up the rear and is drifting slightly.
  • 13:35

    With five fences to go Bigmartre continues to lead, as he has from the start but Terrefort is right there beside him, jumping very well.

    Finians Oscar is now making some ground with Shattered Love just in behind.

    Invitation Only pulls up!

  • 13:35
    Shattered Love now making some ground on the outside but Terrefort has taken the lead!
  • 13:35
    With one to go Shattered Love and Terrefort are neck and neck...
  • 13:36
    SHATTERED LOVE TAKES THE JLT NOVICE CHASE!
  • 13:37

    JLT Novice Chase

    1. Shattered Love (4-1)

    2. Terrefort (3-1)

    3. Benatar (10-1)

  • 13:42

    A third win of the Festival for Jack Kennedy and he did so in style, edging out Terrefort over the last and coasting to the finish.

    It's a fourth win for Gordon Elliott and moves him up to four for the week, one behind Willie Mullins.

    Invitation Only never really looked in contention and was eventually pulled up after hitting a fence hard.

    It's the second day in a row that Kennedy has taken the first race of the day.

  • 13:44
  • 13:50

    Next up is the first handicap of the day with the Pertemps.

    2.10 Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle

    Glenloe (Barry Gerghty, Gordon Elliott) 7-2
    Sort It Out (Mark Walsh, Edward Harty) 8-1
    Delta Work (Day Russell, Gordon Elliott) 8-1
    Louis Vac Pouch (Richard Johnson, Philip Hobbs) 10-1
    Forza Milan (Killian Moore, Jonjo O'Neill) 12-1
    A Great View (Jody McGarvey, Denis Cullen) 12-1
    Who Dares Wins (Wayne Hutchinson, Alan King) 14-1
    Protek Des Flos (Aidan Coleman, Nicky Henderson) 14-1
    Mine Now (Richard Deegan, Peter Fahey) 22-1
    BAR 25-1

  • 13:56

    So, Glenloe has been heavily backed into 4-1 for this race and could bring Gordon Elliott level with Willie Mullins in the race for the trainers' title.

    Mine Now is the selection of our tipster Tony Keenan aftet the 10-year-old beat Glenlow at Christmas.

    Forz Milan is also fancied under the mount of Killian Moore and has been backed into 11-1.

  • 14:06

    Five minutes to go until the Pertemps!


    The horses are in the parade ring.

  • 14:09

    The horses are down at the start and we're almost ready to go in this three mile handicap.

  • 14:13
    THEY'RE OFF IN THE PERTEMPS HANDICAP HURDLE!
  • 14:14
    Over two flights it's Sykes and Connnetable leading the way with quite a bunch behind them.
  • 14:16
    With seven to jump as they come in front of the stands they're all still very tightly packed with Connetable edging ahead of Sykes at the front.
  • 14:18

    Forza Milan has drifted way out the back after some trouble over the fourth last hurdle and looks well out of this now.

    Wtih two to jump it's still Sykes and Connetable leading out with Lovenormoney sitting nicely in third.

  • 14:19
    Over the last it's Who Dares Wins who strikes for home from Connetable with Glenloe moving through!
  • 14:19
    DELTA WORK TAKES THE PERTEMPS BY A NOSE FROM GLENLOE!
  • 14:20
    Hold up, we have a photo finish, Glenloe may have snuck it!
  • 14:21
    OFFICIAL: DELTA WORK WINS THE PERTEMPS FROM GLENLOE, COMPLETING A GORDON ELLIOTT 1-2!
  • 14:24

    Pertemps Handicap Hurdle


    1. Delta Work (6-1)


    2. Glenloe (9-2f)


    3. Connetable (33-1)


    4. Taj Balandabad (40-1)


    5. Who Dares Wins (14-1)


    6. A Great View (12-1)


    Gordon Elliott draws level with Willie Mullins in the trainers' table with five wins each!

  • 14:29

    What a thrilling finish that was!


    Delta Work, under Davy Russell, made all the running over the last hurdle but Glenloe stole right up alongside as they thundered towards the line. From initial view it looked like Russell had pipped Barry Geraghty but a different angle made it look much, much closer.


    However, the photo finish confirmed Russell won it by a nostril to take the Pertemps for the third year in a row!


    And the drama shows no signs of stopping - it's the Ryanair Chase in 20 minutes!

  • 14:33
  • 14:36
  • 14:44

    Okay, on to the Ryanair we go.


    Un De Sceaux is odds-on favourite and expected to take this Grade One. The heavy ground should be a positive for the mount of Paul Townend as he tends to thrive on that sort of surface.


    However, there have been some doubts over his ability to maintain the pace over an extended two miles and five furlongs. As Brian O'Connor writes in The Irish Times today, "Amidst the joy at this hugely popular star’s victory a year ago it was easy to forget he looked to be running on pretty much empty in the final hundred metres. And that was on much better ground."


    Fancied as an outsider by many is the Henry de Bromhead-trained Sub Lieutenant. The ground should suit the nine-year-old and he challenged Un De Sceaux right to the finish last year. He's come from 22-1 in to 16s so far.


    And we haven't even mentioned the mighty Cue Card. The veteran is looking to repeat his heroics from 2013 but so far there hasn't been too much money in for Colin Tizzard-trained 12-year-old who runs for the final time at the Festival in this race.

  • 14:44

    2.50 Ryanair Chase

    Un De Sceaux (Paul Townend, Willie Mullins) 8-11

    Cue Card (Paddy Brennan, Colin Tizzard) 5-1

    Frodon (Sam Twiston-Davies, Paul Nicholls) 8-1

    Balko Des Flos (Davy Russell, Henry de Bromhead) 11-1

    Cloudy Dream (Brian Hughes, Ruth Jefferson) 12-1

    Sub Lieutenant (Sean Flanagan, Henry de Bromhead) 16-1

  • 14:48
    The horses are down at the start and having a look at the practice fence. We're almost ready to go!
  • 14:50
    THEY'RE OFF IN THE RYANAIR CHASE!
  • 14:51
    Cue Card leads them out over the first three with Sub Lieutenant sitting in alongside and Un De Sceaux just behind.
  • 14:52
    Un De Sceaux now moves up ahead of Sub Lieutenant and Cue Card with 12 to jump.
  • 14:54
    Un De Sceaux leads by about four lengths from Sub Lieutenant as they go past the stands with Cue Card just behind.
  • 14:54
    Cue Card has been pulled up!
  • 14:55
    Un De Sceaux leads from Balko des Floswith three to jump with Cloudy Dream four lengths back in third.
  • 14:55
    Balko Des Flos overtakes Un De Sceaux with two to jump and looks very, very comfortable!
  • 14:55
    Balko Des Flos leads with one to jump!
  • 14:56
    BALKO DES FLOS TAKES THE RYANAIR CHASE!
  • 14:58
    Michael O'Leary wins his own race for the first time and gives Davy Russell a second win of the day!
  • 15:00

    Ryanair Chase

    1. Balko Des Flos (8-1)

    2. Un De Sceaux (8-11f)

    3. Cloudy Dream (10-1)

    Speaking to ITV afterwards, Davy Russell says: "Michael O'Leary gets to keep his money for once but I get a load of it so it's great!"

  • 15:03

    Well what a day it's been so far for the Irish. That's a third win out of three races and a third one for Gigginstown. Two for Davy Russell, one for Jack Kennedy and a total of 12 winners now for Ireland, meaning we lead the UK by 12-5 in the Prestbury Cup.

    And that could get even better in the next race as we move on to the Stayers' Hurdle.

  • 15:16

    Davy Russell is now level with Jack Kennedy for the jockeys' title as Michael o'Leary is presented with the trophy for his own race by his wife Anita.

     

  • 15:19

    3.30 Sunbet Stayers' Hurdle

    Sam Spinner (Joe Colliver, Jedd O'Keefe) 3-1

    Yanworth (Barry Geraghty, Alan King) 6-1

    Supasundae (Robbie Power, Jessica Harrington) 7-1

    Unowhatimeanharry (Noel Fehilly, Harry Fry) 8-1

    L'Ami Serge (Daryl Jacob, Nicky Henderson) 11-1

    Bacardys (Patrick Mullins, Willie Mullins) 12-1

    Penhill (Paul Townend, Willie Mullins) 12-1

    The New One (Sam Twiston-Davies, Nigel Twiston-Davies) 16-1

    Wholestone (Aidan Coleman, Nigel Twiston-Davies) 16-1

    Augusta Kate (Danny Mullins, Willie Mullins) 20-1

    Lil Rockerfeller (Trevor Whelan, Neil King) 33-1

    The Worlds End (Adrian Heskin, Tom George) 33-1

    Colins Sister (Paddy Brennan, Fergal O'Brien) 33-1

    Let's Dance (David Mullins, Willie Mullins) 33-1

    Donnas Diamond (Callum Bewley, Chris Grant) 66-1

    Non runners: Old Guard, Apple's Jade

  • 15:20
  • 15:28

    So, Sam Spinner is the big UK hope in the Stayers' Hurdle, hoping to claw back some ground in the ever-lengthening Prestbury Cup defecit.  


    However, Supasundae lays down serious claims for another Irish win.  


    After a poor showing in this race last year. JP McManus's Unowhatimeanharry will be expected to at least improve but punters have held back a lot more this year compared to last when he was backed right into odds-on but never really featured once the action got underway.


    Yanworth is the preferred option from the McManus stable in the betting but the man himself has been playing down his chances all week so far, making it clear that Apples Shakira in tomorrow's JCB Triumph is his best hope of the week.


    The horses are going down to post!

  • 15:32
    THEY'RE OFF IN THE STAYERS' HURDLE!
  • 15:32
    Sam Spinner takes them out with Donna's Diamond tucking in behind after one flight.
  • 15:34
    Sam Spinner continues to lead by about a length with Yanworth and Supasundae sitting handy.
  • 15:36
    As they pass the stands, Sam Spinner continues to lead by a length from Donna's Diamond. Yanworth is in just behind with Lil Rockerfeller on the inside. It's fairly tightly packed with everyone still well in contention.
  • 15:36
    Let's Dance falls!
  • 15:37
    With two to go Sam Spinner still leads from Donna's Diamond with Yanworth making making ground on the outside!
  • 15:37
    Unowhatimeanharry starts to move up the inside but is blocked off by Lil Rockerfeller with one to go.
  • 15:38
    Supasundade hits the front alongside Penhill!
  • 15:38

    PENHILL TAKES THE STAYERS' HURDLE!

  • 15:40

    What a ride from Paul Townend to give Willie Mullins his sixth win of the week and edge him one ahead of Gordon Elliott in the trainers' table.

    Pretbury Cup: Ireland 13 UK 5

  • 15:41

    Sunbet Stayers' Hurdle

    1. Penhill (12-1)

    2. Supasundae (6-1)

    3. Wholestone (14-1)

  • 15:43
  • 15:47

    That's now seven wins in a row for Irish horses and Gordon Elliott has the favourite in the next race. Could Irish horses take a sweep of the whole card today?

    The way it's going it would surprise no one.

    On to the second handicap of the day we go!

  • 15:52
  • 15:54

    4.10 Browne Advisory Plate Handicap Chase

    The Storyteller (Davy Russell, Gordon Elliott) 5-1

    Kings Socks (Tom Scudamore, David Pipe) 11-2

    Movewiththetimes (Barry Geraghty, Paul Nicholls) 8-1

    Last Goodbye (Sean Flanagan, Elizabeth Doyle) 8-1

    Willie Boy (Bryan Cooper, Venetia Williams) 14-1

    Kings Odyssey (Adam Wedge, Evan Williams) 14-1

    Guitar Pete (Ryan Day, Nicky Richards) 14-1

    Oldgrangewood (Harry Skelton, Dan Skelton) 20-1

    Ballyalton (Tom O'Brien, Ian Williams) 16-1

    Traffic Fluide (Joshua Moore, Gary Moore) 20-1

    Pougne Bobbi (Jeremiah McGrath, Nicky Henderson) 20-1

    BAR 25-1

  • 16:00

    David Pipe has high hopes for Kings Socks in this next race, saying it's his best chance of the week and will most likely go off as second favourite behind Gordon Elliott's The Storyteller.

    The seven-year-old would make it three wins in a row for Irish horses in this race if Davy Russell can lead him home. It would also maintain the chance of an irish clean sweep on the card today.

    The horses are in the parade ring!

  • 16:08
  • 16:10
    THEY'RE OFF IN THE BROWNE ADVISORY PLATE!
  • 16:11
    This is going to be one tightly packed field with Village Vic leading them out so far.
  • 16:12
    Village Vic leads by a couple of lengths from Splash Of Ginge and Willie Boy with 14 to jump. Viconte Du Noyer brings up the rear but they're all still tightly packed.
  • 16:13
    Village Vic leads them past the stands with Splash of Ginge still second, narrowly ahead of Willie Boy and Ballyalton.
  • 16:14
    Kings Odyssey now moves up into third behind Splash of Ginge and Village Vic with Willie Boy still in fourth.
  • 16:14
    Willie Boy falls!
  • 16:15
    Splash of Ginge now moves into the lead ahead of Village Vic but Kings Socks is coming through now with two to jump!
  • 16:15
    Splash of Ginge leads over the last from The Storyteller!
  • 16:16
    THE STORYTELLER WINS THE BROWNE ADVISORY PLATE TO COMPLETE A TREBLE FOR DAVY RUSSELL AND A TREBLE FOR GORDON ELLIOTT!
  • 16:18

    Brown Advisory Plate

    1. The Storyteller (5-1f)

    2. Splash Of Ginge (25-1)

    3. King's Odyssey (14-1)

    4. Ballyalton (16-1)

  • 16:22

    Well what a day for Davy Russell and Gordon Elliott!

    Elliott immediately strikes back to level it up with Willie Mullins in the trainers' table with six wins each while Davy Russell makes it four wins for the week to lead the jockeys' table.

    As for the Prestbury Cup it's becoming an absolute rout with The Storyteller becoming Ireland's 14th winner of the week and the eighth in a row.

  • 16:25

    And you'd expect it to become nine Irish winners in a row in the next race where Laurina is odds on favourite for Willie Mullins.

    So, onto the Mares Novice Hurdle we go!

  • 16:34

    4.50 Mares' Novice Hurdle


    Laurina (Paul Townend, Willie Mullins) 4-7


    Marias Benefit (Ciaran Gethings, Stuart Edmunds) 5-1


    High School Days (Davy Russell, Henry de Bromhead) 6-1


    Cap Soleil (Paddy Brennan, Fergal O'Brien) 11-1


    Countister (Barry Geraghty, Nicky Henderson) 14-1


    Salsaretta (Robbie Power, Willie Mullins) 14-1


    Cut The Mustard (Noel Fehily, Willie Mullins) 33-1


    Pietralunga (Danny Mullins, Willie Mullins) 40-1


    Dawn Shadow (Rachael Blackmore, Dot Love) 50-1


    Ellie Mac (Daniel Holden, Henry de Bromhead) 66-1


    Spice Girl (Richard Johnson, Martin Keighley) 66-1


    Angels Antics (Sam Twiston-Davies, Nigel Twiston-Davies) 66-1


    Champayne Lady (Denis O'Regan, Alan Fleminf) 66-1


    Rouergate (Aidan Coleman, Ventia Williams) 100-1


    Non-runner: Dame De Compagnie

  • 16:48
    They're down to post for the second last race of the day.
  • 16:53
    THEY'RE OFF IN THE MARES' NOVICE HURDLE!
  • 16:54
    Maria's Benefit leads them out with Cut The Mustard just behind.
  • 16:55
    Maria's Benefit and Cut The Mustard are setting quite a pace, a good seven lengths clear of Spice Girl in third place. She heads a tightly packed field waiting to pounce on the front two.
  • 16:56

    With three flights to go it's still Maria's Benefit just ahead of Cut The Mustard.

    Dawn Shadow falls!

  • 16:56
    Laurina is now moving into third and cutting the distance to the leading two.
  • 16:57
    Maria's benefit leads with one to go with Laurina cruising up behind!
  • 16:58
    LAURINA TAKES THE MARES' NOVICE HURDLE!
  • 17:00

    Mares Novices Hurdle

    1. Laurina (4-7f)

    2. Cap Soleil (10-1)

    3. Champayne Lady (80-1)

  • 17:01

    That is a NINTH Irish winner in a row and 15 for the week with eight races still to go in the Festival!

    It's a second of the day for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend with Gordon Elliott racking up three and Henry de Bromhead one.

  • 17:05

    So, six races down on day three and six Irish winners.


    Irish horses have never claimed a clean sweep in one day at Cheltenham so we could be about to witness history in the Challenge Cup where Squouateur is the favoruite for Gordon Elliott.

  • 17:13
  • 17:13

    5.30 Challenge Cup


    Squouateur (Jamie Codd, Gordon Elliott) 7-2


    Mall Dini (Patrick Mullins, Patrick Kelly) 9-2


    Band Of Blood (James King, Richard Newland) 9-1


    Missed Approach (Noel McParlan, Warren Greatrex) 10-1


    Final Nudge (Barry O'Neill, David Dennis) 11-1


    Sugar Baron (Katie Walsh, Nicky Henderson) 11-1


    Aubusson (Chester Williams, Nick Williams) 12-1


    Pendra (Derek O'Connor, Charlie Longsdon) 14-1


    The Young Master (Sam Waley-Cohen, Neil Mulholland) 14-1


    Millanisi Boy (Michael Legg, Kayley Woollacott) 16-1


    Wild West Wind (Noel George, Tom George) 20-1


    BAR 33-1

  • 17:25
  • 17:28
    They're down at the start for the final race of the day!
  • 17:31

    THEY'RE OFF IN THE CHALLENGE CUP!

    Are we about to witness Cheltenham history with an Irish clean sweep?

  • 17:32
    Missed Approach leads over the first few flights with Pendra in behind.
  • 17:32
    Wild West Wind falls!
  • 17:34
    Missed Approach continues to lead from Pendra with favourites  Squouateur and Mall Dini sitting well behind so far but a long way to go. Nineteen horses still fairly tightly packed.
  • 17:35
    Mall Dini begins to make a move up through midfield now as Squouateur slips back a little.
  • 17:36
    Over the water jump there are 12 horses very, very tightly packed with Missed Approach still narrowly leading.  Squouateur is now beginning to make a move.
  • 17:37
    Missed Approach continues to lead with three to go!
  • 17:38
    Mall Dini is powering through the middle of the field with  Squouateur alongside him. Can one of them complete an Irish clean sweep?
  • 17:38
    MISSED APPROACH TAKES THE CHALLENGE CUP BY A NECK FROM MALL DINI!
  • 17:41
    Challenge Cup

    1. Missed Approach (8-1)


    2. Mall Dini (4-1)


    3.  Squouateur (5-1)


    4. Double Ross (40-1)


    There will be no clean sweep for Ireland as Warren Greatrex salvages a UK win in the final race of the day.

  • 17:57

    Well, what a day that was.


    But for the neck of Missed Approach it would have been a clean sweep for Ireland but I suppose we'll settle for six wins out of seven.


    There are more than enough stories to choose from however with Willie Mullins one ahead of Gordon Elliott in the race for the trainers' title while Davy Russell leads Jack Kennedy by one in the jockeys' table. As for Mullins, he is now the winning-most trainer in Cheltenham history, overtaking Nicky Henderson with his 61st win today. In the Prestbury Cup it's 15-6 to Ireland with seven races to go tomorrow.


    With that I shall leave you but fear not because we will be back live tomorrow from midday for Gold Cup day at Cheltenham!


    Stay tuned to www.irishtimes.com/sport for Brian O'Connor's reports, reaction and previews of tomorrow from Prestbury Park, bye!


    Today's results


    1.30 JLT Novices’ Chase –  Shattered Love  4-1 (J Kennedy/G Elliott)


    2.10 Pertemps Final –  Delta Work  6-1 (D Russell/G Elliott)


    2.50 Ryanair Chase –  Balko des Flos  8-1 (Russell/De Bromhead)


    3.30  Stayers’ Hurdle –  Penhill  12-1  (P Townend/W Mullins)


    4.10 Brown & Merriebelle –  The Storyteller  5-1F (Russell/Elliott)


    4.50 Mares Novices’ Hurdle –  Laurina  4-7F (Townend/Mullins)


    5.30 Kim Muir –  Missed Approach  8-1 (N McParlan/W Greatrex)


    Trainer's table:


    Willie Mullins 7
    Gordon Elliott 6
    Nicky Henderson 2
    P Kelly 1
    T George 1
    Nick Williams 1
    Mick Channon 1
    Warren Greatrex 1
    Henry de Bromhead 1


    Jockey's table:


    Davy Russell 4
    J Kennedy 3
    Paul Townend 2
    R Walsh 2
    Lizzie Kelly 1
    Noel Fehily 1
    Barry Geraghty 1
    Patrick Mullins 1
    Brian Hughes 1
    Katie Walsh 1
    Mark Walsh 1
    Keith Donoghue 1
    N De Boinville 1
    N McParlan 1


    Prestbury Cup:


    Ireland 15 UK 6