Tuesday round-up: Honeysuckle and Blackmore win Champion Hurdle again
Honeysuckle proved far too good again as she won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham for a second year in a row.
Rachael Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the race last year, and she doubled up with a brilliant ride on the first day of the 2022 Festival.
Main rival Appreciate It made the early running and had the lead with two to jump, but Honeysuckle powered clear and took the last hurdle superbly to charge away from the field.
She was roared home this time, with a full crowd back in attendance, as the unbeaten mare made it 15 in a row.
Epatante, winner in 2020, came home in second with Zanahiyr in third. Appreciate It faded to finish seventh.
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Day one results
Here’s a reminder of the day one results from Cheltenham…
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
1. Constitution Hill | 2. Jonbon | 3. Kilcruit
Arkle Challenge Trophy
1. Edwardstone | 2. Gabynako | 3. Blue Lord
Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
1. Corach Rambler | 2. Gericault Roque | 3. Oscar Elite | 4. Tea Clipper
1. Honeysuckle | 2. Epatante | 3. Zanahiyr
1. Marie’s Rock | 2. Queens Brook | 3. Mrs Milner
Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
1. Brazil | 2. Gaelic Warrior | 3. Bell Ex One
National Hunt Challenge Cup
1. Stattler | 2. Run Wild Fred | 3. Vanillier
Weather forecast and going update
The going description at the track on Wednesday is good, good to soft in places.
Wednesday’s weather forecast is for some rain with temperatures between 11 and 14 degrees.
How to watch Cheltenham Festival
TV channel: The only place to watch the Festival in its entirety is on Racing TV, which offers subscriptions starting from £10 for a day pass, as well as monthly and annual deals. Coverage starts from 10am each day on the channel.
On terrestrial TV, ITV1 will show live coverage of the first five races each day. Coverage starts at 12:40pm, with the hour-long Opening Show on ITV4 at 9am on each day of the meeting to preview the action.
Live stream: Racing TV subscribers can stream the action live via the website or app, while ITV viewers can do likewise via the ITVHub website and app.
Wednesday race card
All times GMT
1:30pm – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
2:10pm – Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase
2:50pm – Coral Cup Hurdle3:30pm – Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
4:10pm – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
4:50pm -Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase
5:30pm – Wetherbys Champion Bumper
Welcome to Cheltenham Festival day two LIVE coverage!
Good morning and a very warm welcome to Standard Sport’s continued LIVE coverage of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival!
We have some cracking action and big names in store on day two at Prestbury Park, not least the battle of Shishkin, Energumene and Chacun Pour Soi in the feature Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.
The legendary Tiger Roll will also look to head into retirement with a record-equaling sixth Festival triumph as the two-time Grand National winner goes in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase.
First up, Sir Gerhard is a huge favourite to triumph in the opening Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, while the day closes with one of the most intriguing Champion Bumpers for years as Facile Vega and American Mike square off.
Stay tuned for all the build up to day two of the Cheltenham Festival, including runners, tips, going and weather forecast updates and much more!
We’ll also have live coverage of every race throughout the afternoon…