The Cheltenham Festival is back with a bang and the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase is the highlight of today’s top-class racing.
Chacun Pour Soi heads the betting in the 3:05pm contest as he bids to give Willie Mullins his first-ever win in the race as a trainer. But he faces strong opposition with the likes of Nicky Henderson’s superstar Altior back on course – unbeaten around Cheltenham.
Before that, Bob Olinger and Gaillard Du Mesnil go toe-to-toe for the 1:20pm Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. Following the opener are the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at 1:55pm and the Coral Cup Hurdle at 2:30pm.
There is no let-up to the quality racing on show as Easysland faces off with four-time Cheltenham Festival winner Tiger Roll in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at 3:40pm before the Johnny Henderson Close Brothers Handicap Chase at 4:15pm.
The final race at 4:50pm – the Weatherbys Champion Bumper – will see the highly anticipated clash between the Willie Mullins-trained Sir Gerhard and Kilcruit to wrap up a highly-anticipated second day of the festival.
Stay tuned to Mirror Racing’s live coverage of the first day for tips from our expert tipster Newsboy, as well as all the results from today’s seven races…