Cross-country specialist Balthazar King defied top weight with a narrow victory over Any Currency in the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Winner of this specialist contest in 2012, the Philip Hobbs-trained 10-year-old just denied Any Currency by a short head after a mighty tussle in the hands of Richard Johnson.
Sire De Grugy outclassed his opponents in the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.
The 11/4 favourite had much the best form this season but some doubted his ability to handle the course, with quick ground another potential problem.
Yesterday didn’t go particularly to plan, but we attack day two, Ladies’ Day, with plenty of gusto and hope. Selections for every race bar the bumper here and hopefully we can have a little more luck this afternoon at the festival.
I’m annoyed with myself for picking the wrong wide-drawn runner in the 6f handicap at Southwell yesterday, a race in which King Bertie (stall 13 of 13), well backed just before the off, led home runners drawn 9, 10, 6 and 8 and I’ll be trying to make amends at the same venue today.
Each of the festival, GG.COM will be joined by some of the industry’s finest brainpower to bring punters the best information, selections and opinions. Its Champion Chase Day and our panelists are answering the key questions below as to what will happen on Day 2 of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival - here it goes!!