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By Jonathan Jurejko

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  1. 'This was the right race - De Bromhead

    Novices' Handicap Chase

    Winning trainer Henry De Bromhead on learning A Plus Tard won by 16 lengths: "No way! That's the handicap mark gone...

    "He looked really good, Rachael was fantastic, gave him a super ride. We're just delighted to get it.

    "We always liked him, thought he was a very nice horse, he had some good runs, but I was disappointed that last time he got beaten. But this looked like the right race."

    On Rachael Blackmore earning his first winner at the Festival: "She is a brilliant jockey and we are very lucky to be associated with her.

    "She's as tough as any of them, she just bounces back up. I'm delighted for her and really happy that we are the ones that got a first victory with her."

  2. 'I could get used to this!'

    Novices' Handicap Chase

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    A Plus Tard's winning jockey Rachel Blackmore:"I never thought I'd be coming up the hill that well. A lot of faith has been put in me this week and it's great to repay those people. I could get used to this!"

    Racael Blackmore
  3. 'I'm delighted to get it'

    Novices' Handicap Chase

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Henry De Bromhead, trainer of A Plus Tard: "He was really good. Super ride from Rachel, that's her first win here at Cheltenham. I'm delighted to get it with her. She's a brilliant rider, she's a great jockey and we're so lucky to have her."

    Henry De Bromhead
  4. Cheltenham joy for Blackmore and A Plus Tard

    Novices' Handicap Chase

    A Plus Tard

    Full result

    1 A Plus Tard (Rachel Blackmore) 5-1 Fav

    2 Tower Bridge (J J Slevin) 6-1

    3 Ben Dundee (K M Donoghue) 33-1

    4 The Russian Doyen (H Cobden) 20-1

    20 ran


    Novices' Handicap Chase (16:50 GMT)

    Sensational! Rachel Blackmore has a beaming smile across her face - no wonder.

    After picking herself up from a fall earlier today, the talented rider showed why she is so highly-rated with a wonderful performance with A Plus Tard.

    Once A Plus Tard moved into position there was no stopping him, racing clear to finish by a country mile.

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    Novices' Handicap Chase (16:50 GMT)


    Anyone could emerge in this one... Rachael Blackmore makes her move on A Plus Tard...

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    Novices' Handicap Chase (16:50 GMT)

    Three more to jump... Highway One O One is joined at the front by The Russian Doyn...

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    Novices' Handicap Chase (16:50 GMT)

    Riders Onthe Storm is down! Jim Morrison will be furious at the bookies just inside the pearly gates.

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    Novices' Handicap Chase (16:50 GMT)

    Highway One O One motors into an early lead, with Tom Cannon at the helm. The field is bunched together tightly, rather like slow-moving traffic...

  10. WE'RE OFF!

    Novices' Handicap Chase (16:50 GMT)

    Already looks gusty at Cheltenham. A flag on an officials' car behind the horses at the start line is flapping to the dozen.

    A fourth false start of the day... and then we're off!

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    Novices' Handicap Chase (16:50 GMT)

    I'm backing Riders Onthe Storm for the penultimate race. Why? Because I love The Doors. Apologies if you were expecting some expert insight...

  12. A Plus Tard seeks Festival success

    Novices' Handicap Chase (16:50 GMT)

    This is looking like one of the day's most open races but rising star Rachel Blackmore could be close on A Plus Tard for trainer Henry de Bromhead.

    Blackmore is aiming to become the first female champion jockey in Ireland and her mount, who has shown plenty of improvement this year, is among the leading challengers.

    Fellow Irish challenger Cubomania, from the Gordon Elliott yard, could be a danger.

    Rachael Blackmore on A Plus Tard
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    Novices' Handicap Chase (16:50 GMT)

    The horses for the penultimate race of the day - the Novices' Handicap Chase - are being led out... and Shady Operator is living up to his name.

    Joseph O'Brien's saddle is kicking off like a child who has had his/her bag of sweets taken away by an annoyed parent.

    That would test the mettle of even the most patient stablehand...

  14. Today's card

    Two more to run...

    13:30 - Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle Race 2m 87y - KLASSICAL DREAM

    14:10 - Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase 1m 7f - DUC DES GENIEVRES

    14:50 - Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase 3m 1f - BEWARE THE BEAR

    15:30 - Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 2m ½f - ESPOIR D'ALLEN

    16:10 - OLBG Mares' Hurdle Race 2m 3f 200y - ROKSANA

    16:50 - Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 4f 44y

    17:30 - National Hunt Chase (Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase) 3m 7f 147y

  15. 'The risk is a bit of everything'

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght on tomorrow's weather risk: "The risk from the wind is a bit of everything. They've got to look at animals running and being hit by gusts of wind.

    "But there are 70,000 spectators here with quite a lot of temporary accommodation.

    "There are lots of tents and structures so it could be extremely dangerous."

  16. We would stage whole card on Saturday'

    More from Ian Renton, who confirms the meeting would be extended to Saturday if tomorrow's card did not go ahead.

    At the 2008 Festival, Wednesday racing was called off because of high winds, with races rescheduled to bumper cards on the Thursday and Friday.

    "It’s important to let customers and participants know the exact situation as it stands," Renton added.

    "While our focus is to race tomorrow, should the weather conditions not allow this we would stage the whole of Wednesday’s card on Saturday."

  17. Cheltenham 'optimistic' racing will continue tomorrow

    Ian Renton, regional director for the south west region of The Jockey Club said: “Strong gusting winds are forecast for the area on Wednesday, but their precise strength and location are not possible to predict in advance.

    "We are currently looking at forecasts of gusts in excess of 45 mph, which may present challenges out on the track and around the site, dependent on their direction.

    “We remain optimistic and we will assess the situation in the morning, working with our team, forecasters, the British Horseracing Authority and our Safety Advisory Group, in order to make a decision about whether racing goes ahead as planned."

  18. Saturday racing?


    While the spring sun is shining in the Cotswolds now, tomorrow's meet could be under threat from increasing winds.

    We told you earlier that racing could be moved to Saturday if tomorrow's conditions are deemed too dangerous and the plan has just been confirmed by Cheltenham organisers.

    The racecourse has called a precautionary inspection at 08:00 GMT tomorrow...

  19. 'That was magic'

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Dan Skelton, trainer of Roksana: That was magic. We had her really ready for the day. Luck has gone our way but we would have been an honourable second to Ruby. To land that Grade One was just amazing.

    Dan Skelton
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    Mares' Hurdle (16:10 GMT)

    Benie Des Dieux owner Rich Ricci: "I just don't want the trolls to attack Ruby. He's the best jockey in the world."