What an amazing day one of racing we have had, and we have seen some absolute stars come to the front!
For all of you that have been following our previews and tips, well done as you’v had 3 out of 4 winners on the first day! Fortunately, we have much more to come for the remainder of the week. At first it was a strange star to the day without crowds, but the level of racing we have seen has ultimately outweighed all of the cons.
We started with Appreciate it who absolutely ran away with the Supreme Novices hurdle by a staggering 24 lengths, proving all of his doubters wrong! He travelled like a dream and didn’t even need a shake of the reins to draw well clear.
Just 35 minutes after this Appreciate It’s victory, Shishkin put on a mightily impressive performance and was named winner of the 2020 Arkle Chase – already looks like he will be going on a path towards next year’s Champion Chase. He was sensational today and put away some seriously good opposition, making them look very ordinary on the way. He has a huge future ahead of him and will be followed by many in the years to come.
The highlight of the day, however, was no doubt theChampion Hurdle where Rachael Blackmore and Honeysuckle silenced all of their critics! She blew away the field, and never looked like getting beat at any point. Perhaps this is the time to get rid of the ‘7lb mares’ claim, as she would’ve clearly still won this with an extra few on her back. She remains unbeaten and there is know one who can doubt her ability now, she dethroned last years super mare, Epatante, and is now unbeaten in 12! Rachael Blackmore deserves a lot of credit here – she is no doubt one of the top jockeys in the game, and the week could yet get better for her, with A Plus Tard taking his chance in the Gold cup on Friday.
Stay tuned here at Betting.co.uk, with our Day 2 Preview and tips with Ginger Joe available now! If we’re as successful tomorrow as we were today, it’s going to be a mighty fine Cheltenham Festival 2021 for us – fans or no fans!