Huge favourites Altior and Tiger Roll triumph at Cheltenham

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 15, 2019

Sent off the red-hot 4/11 favourite, Altior had to bounce back from a mid-race blunder at the water jump, but was then forced to battle with the smooth-travelling Sceau Royal and the staying on Politologue in an epic finish to the Grade 1 showpiece.

"What an absolute monster", said the horse's jockey, Nico de Boinville, "we are lucky to be in an age to have him". He's a phenomenal athlete.

The win was Altior's fourth successive victory at the famous meeting, a feat equalled by Tiger Roll in Wednesday's Glenfarclas Chase.

Elliott, who had endured a frustrating Festival until Tiger Roll, doubled up when 2-1 favourite Envoi Allen landed the Weatherbys Festival Bumper under Jamie Codd.

2019 Cheltenham Festival – Ladies Day – Cheltenham Racecourse
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However, the main event, the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase, is due to start at 3.30pm, and is the final "Championship" race of the four-day Festival.

Joseph O'Brien claimed his first Cheltenham Festival victor as Band Of Outlaws proved a cut above his rivals in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, while the Champion Bumper was won by the heavily supported Envoi Allen, who fought off a late surge from Blue Sari. Horses haven't been running up to par, a few of them haven't been good enough and things haven't been working'.

Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival at The Oasis Los Montesinos.

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