Cheltenham Festival: Day Two Recap

Martin Green

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:37 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019 7:37 PM UTC

Altior was the star of the show on day two at the Cheltenham Festival as Nicky Henderson’s star chaser clinched a record equalling victory.

<p>He showed grit, determination and class to see off Politologue and seize the Queen Mother Champion Chase for the second year running. That extended his winning streak to 18 and ensured he equalled the all-time National Hunt record set by the legendary Big Buck’s. Several punters were delighted, as Altior was the heavily backed 4/9 favourite during the build up to the race and he duly delivered.</p><p>“It’s almost like he doesn't know how to lose,” said rider Nico de Boinville. “Every race he runs seems to enhance his reputation. He goes from win to win. The winning streak he’s put up is incredible. He’s in the highest echelons of racehorses. What an absolute monster and aren't we lucky to be in an age where he's here. We should just celebrate him. He’s a phenomenal athlete.”</p><p>Altior had to dig deep and battle for his victory, but Tiger Roll looked supremely comfortable as he won the Cross Country Chase by 22 lengths. That saw the odds on him winning next month’s Grand National at Aintree drop to a best price of just 6/1 with <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a>. If he can pull it off, he will become the first dual Grand National winner since Red Rum. It represented a first win of the festival for Gordon Elliott, who has had a rough week so far.</p><h2>Elliot stages a rally</h2><p>“Horses haven't been running up to par, a few of them haven't been good enough and things haven't been working,” said the Irishman, who was named leading trainer at Cheltenham last year. “We’re lucky enough that we’ve got a good bunch of owners and a good bunch of horses. We'll keep smiling and keep kicking. He’s our first winner of the week and I won’t forget him. I’m very lucky to have him.”</p><p>The day began with victory for 8/1 shot City Island in the Grade 1 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, before <a href="" target="_blank" title="Paul Nicholls">Paul Nicholls</a> got off the mark as Topofthegame landed the Grade 1 RSA Novices’ Chase. Next up William Henry defied odds of 28/1 to beat Wicklow Brave to the Coral Cup. Band Of Outlaws won the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle for Joseph O’Brien and Envoi Allen handed Elliott a second victory in the final race of the day, the Champion Bumper. Four favourites won on day two of the festival, up from zero on the opening day, and several punters were left cheering Altior, Tiger Roll, Band Of Outlaws and Envoi Allen.</p><h2>Related articles:</h2><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Festival 2019: Horse Racing Tips And Essential Betting Guide">Cheltenham Festival 2019: Horse Racing Tips And Essential Betting Guide</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Festival Top Jockey Betting: Can Ruby Walsh Regain His Crown?">Cheltenham Festival Top Jockey Betting: Can Ruby Walsh Regain His Crown?</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Festival: Who Will Be Crowned Top Trainer?">Cheltenham Festival: Who Will Be Crowned Top Trainer?</a></strong></p>
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