Tag Archives: Cheltenham Festival 2020

Cheltenham faces criticism after racegoers suffer Covid-19 symptoms | Sport

The Jockey Club, the owner of the Cheltenham Festival, has defended its decision to proceed with last month’s four-day event after Andrew Parker Bowles, the former husband of the Duchess of Cornwall, became the latest high-profile attendee to report subsequent symptoms consistent with infection by Covid-19. The festival opened on …

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Question of five-day Cheltenham returns following successful Festival | Sport

It’s only natural to want more of what you enjoy and so, when the topic of extending the Cheltenham Festival came up last week during the event itself, the idea got plenty of support. Lots of us would enjoy living in that bubble for weeks, assuming this was a normal …

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Al Boum Photo wins back-to-back Cheltenham Gold Cups | Sport

Paul Townend crosses the finishing line on Al Boum Photo to beat Santini (left) and win the Gold Cup for the second consecutive year.

You can’t see the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup from the paddock as he is led back to unsaddle, but you can follow his progress thanks to the wave of acclaim that accompanies him all the way along the rails and then back up the chute towards the entrance …

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Cheltenham Festival bubble brings respite despite disbelief elsewhere | Sport

The special hand sanitiser dispensers had plenty of use at Cheltenham.

Even by the ordinary standards of sport, horse racing is an escapist place to spend your time. The Cheltenham Festival is its busiest, most hedonistic week and you can disappear into the fun of it and forget about harsh realities like global pandemics, which seemed to be one of the …

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Talking Horses: Al Boum Photo to claim repeat victory in Gold Cup | Sport

Having waited so long for a first success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Willie Mullins is poised to make it two in a row, thanks to Al Boum Photo (3.30). The rangy bay ground his way remorselessly to the prize a year ago and something similar will probably be good …

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Samcro pips Melon at the post in Cheltenham Festival thriller | Sport

The photo finish showing Samcro pipping Melon at the post to win the Marsh Novice Chase.

Samcro is back and, to judge by the ecstatic reception he received on his long walk past the stands, his legions of followers never doubted there would be a second coming. It has been a long time since he last won a race of any consequence but now, evidently, the …

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Talking Horses: City Island can pull off surprise in Stayers’ Hurdle | Sport

Paisley Park seems set to be a hot favourite for a second consecutive success in the Stayers Hurdle, having kept his unbeaten record since then. So punters must ask themselves, is the eight-year-old as solid as Envoi Allen or fallible like Defi Du Seuil? He has looked more straightforward this …

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