Cheltenham Festival 2018: Champion Hurdle day – live!

1.30 Supreme Novice Hurdle: Kalashnikov 11-2
2.10 Arkle Trophy: Footpad 6-5
2.50 Ultima Handicap Chase: Casse Tete (nb) 28-1
3.30 Champion Hurdle: Buveur D’Air 8-13
4.10 Mares Hurdle: Apple’s Jade 8-13
4.50 National Hunt Chase: Sizing Tennessee (nap) 10-1
5.30 Close Brothers Novice Handicap Chase: Mister Whitaker 10-1

Just two tips from Ireland? Oh dear, that doesn’t sound right. Possibly, just possibly, I may have erred somewhere. On the other hand, I’m giving the Champion Hurdle to Nicky Henderson and the Arkle to Willie Mullins; so far, so obvious. Plus Gordon Elliott would get on the scoresheet, albeit only once, as opposed to his Day One treble from last year. Kalashnikov would be a big moment for the lower-profile trainer Amy Murphy. Colin Tizzard has had just one winner at the past four Festivals, which could be seen as a concern for the chances of Sizing Tennessee, but I do think the horse is well suited to this race. I’ve got Gary Moore down for his third Festival success, while the Mick Channon / Henrietta Knight axis might add a measure of joy to proceedings by bagging the last.

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