Nicky Henderson, Willie Mullins, the usual champions Cheltenham Festival were present on the first day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.
Rock in the Kasbah … again
Kasbah Bliss , who will become show horse Horse Museum in Chantilly really closes his racing career by performing the parade of champions on Cheltenham Racecourse alongside several cracks of the past. His mentor François Doumen and his wife were present for this tribute to the man who had run several times the World Hurdle on English racecourse, ranking 2nd in group 1.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – Group 1: Altior and perfect agreement with Nico
Altior is a good horse. But since his association with the jockey Nico de Boinville , he is undefeated. 5 outputs, 5 success for the duo who had already won Group 2 at Cheltenham in November, “he really impressed me today, it’s been a while we expected a race of this caliber.” This is the 54th success in the Festival for Nicky Henderson .
The favorite Min takes the third place. Willie Mullins coach does it not find an excuse in a race to the regular train.
Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase – Group 1: unapproachable Douvan
Ruby Walsh was pushed Douvan after jumping the last hurdle. A Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase where we regret the fall of Vain, a FR higher by Jacques cypress present on the racetrack. This would have given a French twinned since Douvan was elevated to stud the pheasant . His father is the horse flat Walk in the Park .
Douvan has thrilled his fans but especially one of them who had apparently taken a winning bet on the horse of 220,000 pounds, or a quarter of a million. But with Douvan , the game was almost won. one Ruby Walsh compares to Master Minded was beaten on the day of its debut in Saint-Malo with a horse that has won two races in his career, both in Saint-Malo. Afford Douvan is the piece of bravery Konig Dax .
This is the fifth group 1 Douvan which totals two hurdles and now three over fences. Willie Mullins was quick to open the scoring for keeping in touch with Nicky Henderson . “This is a horse Gold Cup,” commented his coach while Ruby Walsh said that he jumps the fences as if they were simple screens. See you in 2017.
Ultima Handicap Chase – Group 3 – A Time for Everything Auteuil in Cheltenham
Winner of the big hurdle race 2015 A Time For Everything , former resident of François Nicolle , won his first group across the Channel. He brings to his English mentor, David Pipe , a 14th success in the Festival in this handicap on big obstacles. This was his 4th exit on the steeple and its first victory.
The stallion Robin des Champs can claim a new horse festival after champions like Quevega vulture or Sir Des Champs .
Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy – Group 1 – Annie Power matt boys
Last year, Annie Power had stumbled into the last hurdle, finishing shameful in the turf that won Champion Hurdle Glens Melody. Before and after this fall, a successful army and one defeat in the World Hurdle with More of That .