It started to feel like Rachael Blackmore was winning every race this year, as she started Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival with another impressive winner coming in the name of Quilixios.
He was heavily backed following Rachael’s emphatic festival so far, and it continued as Quilixios bolted up in the opener beating Adagio by over 3 lengths, become the first of our Cheltenham Festival day 4 winners. He showed an excellent turn of foot and made it 5 from 5 career starts to date and has a huge career ahead of him. I get the feeling he will be back at the festival next year.
Vanilier gave Gavin Cromwell his second Cheltenham Festival grade 1 winner of the year in the Albert Bartlett Novices hurdle. They used similar tactics that were used on their Stayers hurdle winner, Flooring Porter, yesterday by leading the field all of the way round. He too never looked like getting caught when he got going and stormed clear to win by an impressive 11 lengths.
The highlight event of the week was todays Wellchild Cheltenham Gold Cup where the Henry De Bromhead trained Minella Indo made beat stablemate A Plus Tard by just under 2 lengths to secure victory in this year’s spectacle.
Dual Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo put up a great fight in a bid to win his third Gold Cup, however the battle was up front with the De Bromhead pair. They were head to head the whole way but Minella Indo found that bit extra in the final 100 yards to get up near by under a Jack Kennedy drive!
He saw some cracking races and few surprises with the Cheltenham Festival day 4 winners, and it was a final day that didn’t disappoint. There had been a cloud of negativity hanging over the Cheltenham Festival 2021, after last year’s festival shouldering the brunt of the blame for the Covid-19 pandemic really taking off in the UK. Added to that, it felt strange at first due to the lack of fans. However, the talking got done in the track in the end – and what an overall positive festival it was!
How was your luck? Stay tuned tomorrow for Ginger Joes summary of the Cheltenham Festival 2021 – citing all of the winners, the losers and surprise packages!