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Cheltenham Festival LIVE: Latest updates, results, tips, and racecard as Politologue wins Champion Chase

Follow the latest updates from the second day of the Cheltenham Festival as the Queen Mother Champion Chase turns up a shock upset

Jack de Menezes
Wednesday 11 March 2020 18:00
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Follow the latest updates live from the Cheltenham Festival as day two featured a huge upset in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

With Altior and Chacun Pour Soi absent from the big one on Ladies Day, Defi Du Seuil was expected to breeze to victory and take on the crown as the Champion Chaser, but it proved anything but as Harry Skelton and Politologue stunned the five-horse field to romp away to victory, dealing out a big win for the bookies in the process. The upset followed one of the most thrilling finishes in recent Cheltenham memory as Champ shot between Minella Indo and Allaho to win the RSA Chase, while Dame De Compagnie lived up to expectations by clinching the Coral Cup.

The last of the big-race action sees two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll in action in the Cross Country Steeple Chase at 4:20pm. Follow the live updates below.

Full racecard and results

Tuesday

1:30pm - The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: 1. Shishkin 6-1 2. Abacadabras 11-5 3. Chantry House 15-2

2:10pm - The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase: 1. Put The Kettle On 16-1 2. Fakir D’Oudairies 3-1 3. Rouge Vif 9-1

2:50pm - The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase: 1. The Conditional 15-2 2. Kildisart 10-1 3. Discorama 11-2 Jt Fav 4. Vindication 11-2 Jt Fav

3:30pm - The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy: 1. Epatante 2/1 Fav 2. Sharjah 16/1 3. Darvar Star 17/2

4:10pm - The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race: 1. Honeysuckle 9/4 2. Benie Des Dieux 4-6 fav 3. Elfile 16/1

4:50pm - The Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase: 1. Imperial Aura 4-1 Jtfav 2. Galvin 4-1 Jtfav 3. Hold The Note 10-1

5:30pm - The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup: 1 Ravenhill 12-1 2 Lord Du Mesnil 11-2 3 Lamanver Pippin 33-1

Wednesday

1:30pm - The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race: 1. Envoi Allen - 4/7 Fav 2. Easy Work - 12/1 3. The Big Getaway - 9/1

2:10pm - The RSA Insurance Novices’ Steeple Chase: 1 Champ - 4-1 2 Minella Indo 3-1 3 Allaho 5-2 Fav

2:50pm - The Coral Cup Hurdle: 1 Dame De Compagnie 5-1 Fav 2 Black Tears 12-1 3 Thosedaysaregone 10-1 4 Cracking Smart 33-1

3:30pm - The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase: 1 Politologue 6-1 2 Dynamite Dollars 7-1 3 Bun Doran 33-1

4:10pm - Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase: 1 Easysland 3-1 2 Tiger Roll 8-11 Fav 3 Out Sam 33-1

4:50pm - The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race: 1 Aramax 15-2 2 Night Edition 16-1 3 Saint D'Oroux 14-1 4 Recent Revelations 14-1

5:30pm - The Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Thursday

1:30pm - The Marsh Novices’ Chase

2:10pm - The Pertemps Network Final

2:50pm - The Ryanair Steeple Chase

3:30pm - The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle

4:10pm - The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate

4:50pm - The Festival Mares Novices’ Hurdle

5:30pm - The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup

Friday

1:30pm - The JCB Triumph Hurdle

2:10pm - The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Race

2:50pm - The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race

3:30pm - The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase

4:10pm - The St James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

4:50pm - Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase

5:30pm - Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

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Welcome to The Independent's live updates from the second day at the Cheltenham Festival as the Queen Mother Champion Chase headlines Ladies Day.

The opening day saw two headline acts hit their stride, with Epatante living up to expectations with victory in the Champion Hurdle and Honeysuckle upsetting the odds to defeat Benie Des Dieux to take the Mares' Hurdle in exhilarating circumstances.

Today's action sees another seven races take place kicking off with the Novices' Hurdle at 1:30pm. 

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First up it's the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle, with the horses currently in the parade ring as the jockeys emerge for the first time today.

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1:30pm - The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race

1. Decor Irlandais - 100/1

2. Easywork - 14/1

3. Envoi Allen - 8/11

4. Getaway Fred - 250-1

5. Longhour Poet - 18/1

6. Mossy Fen - 50/1

7. Shakem Up’Arry - 80/1

8. Shan Blue - 150/1

9. Son Of Camas - 66/1

10. Sporting John - 5/1

11. The Big Breakaway - 9/1

12. The Big Getaway - 14/1

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Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Race

And they're off for the first time today!

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Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

Shakeem Up'Arry - the horse owned by former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp - makes a good start to take the early running before The Big Getaway takes over in front of Easy Work.

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Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

So far all 12 horses are still in the running, with The Big Getaway still leading as they reach four to go.

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Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

The Big Getaway pulls clear of Easy Work by a couple of legs, with Shakem Up'Arry now falling back.

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Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

It's between the lead two...

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Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

Here comes Envoi Allen!

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Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

Envoi Allen wins the Ballymore!

Jack de Menezes11 March 2020 13:37

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