Captain Chris finished late and fast to deny long-time leader Finian’s Rainbow victory in the Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham.
International Horse Racing
Ruby Walsh may have endured a nightmare season so far but the clouds lifted as he enjoyed a dream start to the 2011 Cheltenham Festival.
The first three home in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham last year – Albertas Run, Poquelin and J’y Vole – are set to lock horns in the race again on Thursday.
Australian champion So You Think is likely to make his European debut in the Listed Alleged Stakes (1m2f or approximately 2000m) on April 3 at The Curragh.
Noel Meade will keep an eye on the ground before committing Pandorama to a run in Friday’s Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Starluck is still on course for Aintree next month despite suffering a slight injury when surprisingly beaten at Sandown on Saturday.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Cape Dollar is being trained with a tilt at the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in mind.
Dual winner Master Minded and last year’s hero Big Zeb are among a field of 11 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday.
The Cheltenham Festival, jump racing’s annual Olympics spread over four glittering days of top quality National Hunt action, begins on Tuesday.
Edward Lynam’s Group One winner Sole Power is being readied for the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on March 26.
Nicky Henderson has been dealt a hammer blow with the news Binocular will miss Tuesday’s Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.
JJ The Jet Plane warmed up for the big sprint on Dubai World Cup night later this month when outclassing his rivals in the Finest Surprise Handicap at Meydan.
Last year’s winner Binocular heads a field of 13 left in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday.
Mikael D’Haguenet remains among 13 potential starters in next Tuesday’s Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham.