Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the second day at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.
Today’s feature race is the Queen Mother Champion Chase at 3.30pm, where Un De Sceaux is the well-fancied favourite.
The action begins with the Neptune Novices Hurdle, in which Yanworth and Yorkhill will do battle, followed by the RSA Chase featuring More Of That and No More Heroes.
Wednesday’s racecard and results
13:30 Neptune Novices Hurdle - 1. Yorkhill (3-1); 2. Yanworth (11-10F); 3. Its'afreebee (33-1)
14:10 RSA Chase - 1. Blaklion (8-1); 2. Shaneshill (16-1); 3. More of That (6-4F)
14:50 Coral Cup - 1. Diamond King (12-1); 2. Long House Hall (16-1); 3. Ubak (28-1)
15:30 Queen Mother Champion Chase - 1. Sprinter Sacre (5-1); 2. Un De Sceaux (4-6F); 3. Special Tiara (16-1)
16:10 Cross Country Chase - 1. Any Currency (11-1); 2. Josie's Orders (15-8); 3. Bless The Wings (33-1)
16:50 Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle - 1. Diego Du Charmil (13-2 fav) 2. Romain De Senam (20-1) 3. Coo Star Sivola (16-1) 4. Missy Tata (10-1)
17:30 Champions Bumper - 1. Ballyalton (12-1) 2. Bouvreuil (14-1) 3. Double Shuffle (8-1) 4. Bridgets Pet (33-1)
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- 13:30: Supreme Novices’ Hurdle - 1. Altior (4-1) 2. Min (15-8F) 3. Buveur D'Air (10-1)
- 14.10: Arkle Challenge Trophy - 1. Douvan (1-4F) 2. Sizing John (9-1)
- 14.50: The Festival Handicap Chase - 1. Un Temps Pour Tout (11-1) 2. Holywell (8-1) 3. Young Master (14-1) 4. Morning Assembly (10-1)
- 15.30: Champion Hurdle - 1. Annie Power (5-2F) 2. My Tent Or yours (10-1) 3. Nichols Canyon (15-2)
- 16.10: Mares’ Hurdle - 1. Vroum Vroum Mag (4-6F) 2. Rock On The Moor (66-1) 3. Legacy Gold (40-1)
- 16.50: National Hunt Chase - 1. Minella Rocco (8-1) 2. Native River (7-1) 3. Measureofmydreams (9-1)
- 17.30: Novices’ Handicap Chase - 1. Ballyalton (12-1) 2. Bouvreuil (14-1) 3. Double Shuffle (8-1) 4. Bridgets Pet (33-1)
Hello and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of day two at this year's Cheltenham Festival!We hope your wallets are suitably bulging after yesterday's action, which saw Willie Mullins' stable storm home in three of their favourites' four contests.
It was a bad day to be a bookmaker with big favourites claiming victory in the Arkle, the Champion Hurdle and the Mare's Hurdle. Will they recover their losses today?
Stay with us throughout the afternoon to get the latest results, odds, updates and maybe even the odd tip, if your lucky.
One man who won't be attending today's meeting is Samir Carruthers and, if yesterday's alleged antics are anything to go by, that's probably for the best.MK Dons midfielder Samir Carruthers
For those of you who didn't read the morning papers...
MK Dons have launched an internal investigation into the conduct of Samir Carruthers after images emerged appearing to show the midfielder urinating into a beer glass at Cheltenham Festival.
Need a hand making your selections today?
Our racing correspondent Jon Freeman has previewed the day's action...
The last three winners of the Champion Chase – Sprinter Sacre, Sire De Grugy and Dodging Bullets – line up together in Wednesday's thrilling renewal, yet it will be one of the surprises of the week if any of them manages to derail the express train that is Un De Sceaux.
Renowned horse whisperer Michael Owen has tipped Yorkhill in this one.
The 11 runners are approaching the post, we'll be off in just under five minutes.
YORKHILL WINS THE NEPTUNE NOVICES HURDLE!
Neptune Novices Hurdle - result
1. Yorkhill 3-1 2. Yanworth 11-10 Fav 3. Its'afreebee 33-1 4. Bello Conti 20-1
A masterful ride from Ruby Walsh, who scraped the inside post paint to steal a lead in the last third of the race.
There's a lot of disappointed Yanworth backers out there but they're blaming jockey Barry Geraghty rather than the horse.
Yanworth did run two furlongs longer than anyone else.
Best jockey won that. Canny ride. Why race so wide? #yanworth
That was god awful from Barry on Yanworth. Frustrating start!
Well that's not a good start to the day. Yanworth killed me ????????????
Next up is the RSA Chase at 14:10.This is expected to be a battle between More Than That (7/4) and No More Heroes (5/2).
Barry Geraghty rides the favourite again, hoping for an improvement after that questionable ride in the Neptune.
Ruby Walsh is onboard Roi Des Francs (10/1), a horse which seems to have slipped under radar somewhat.
RSA ChaseWe're away!
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