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Lcsd114
Mar. 11, 2011, 08:56 PM
Hi race fans,

I thought I'd share this with anyone who is in the US but would like to see the racing at Cheltenham next week.

http://justin.tv/cheltenhamfestival

This guy showed all four days, all races (that are shown on the BBC or Channel 4, whoever has it this year:D) last year live. He also showed the Aintree Grand National meeting, so hopefully he does the same this year.

Also, if you want to enter a free contest where you predict the winning jockeys,trainers and horses for cash prizes...

http://fantasyracing.telegraph.co.uk/

Enjoy!:)

Lcsd114
Mar. 15, 2011, 01:20 AM
Just got confirmation on justintv. Cheltenham will be live this week on this channel. I'll be waking up in a few hours to watch it. Maybe some of you will join us :).

Drvmb1ggl3
Mar. 15, 2011, 11:28 AM
Oh yeah, another Champion Hurdle for Ireland.
Serious animal this Hurricane Fly, I'd say he's good enough to win a G1 over 12f on the flat. Handsome looking horse too, if a bit small and light.

Equibrit
Mar. 15, 2011, 11:59 AM
You'll be able to see These (http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/imageBank/cache/c/Cheltenham-horseboots_e_13ecdeda5868c367fab39f7bcfba8a46.jpg) live and in colour !

Madeline
Mar. 15, 2011, 12:42 PM
Just got confirmation on justintv. Cheltenham will be live this week on this channel. I'll be waking up in a few hours to watch it. Maybe some of you will join us :).

I'm trying, but nothing there that I can find.

JER
Mar. 15, 2011, 05:26 PM
The dreadful Daily Mail has a good wrap-up of Day 1 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/racing/article-1366405/CHELTENHAM-FESTIVAL-LIVE-All-latest-results-news-pictures-day-one.html), easy to understand even if you're not an avid punter.

Also, the Independent had a highly enjoyable visit with Sparky May and her human connections (http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/racing/pat-rodford-on-sparky-may-who-knows-she-might-be-the-next-seabiscuit-2241906.html) (a small-time breeder/trainer/owner and no-name jockey), made even nicer by the mare's 2nd-place finish today. They were hoping for the top 6, so they must be over the moon tonight. :)

Lcsd114
Mar. 16, 2011, 01:05 AM
Sorry Madeline. He changed the stream "address" last minute. This should be the correct one...
http://www.justin.tv/boxingukguru

Hope to see you there tomorrow. Plenty more good racing to come.

JER
Mar. 16, 2011, 05:16 PM
The Irish took 6 of 7 today. Celebrating St. Patrick's Day early, I guess.

Notable wins from Sizing Europe in the Queen Mum and Jessica Harrington's Bostons Angel in the RSA Chase.

Horse & Hound recap here (http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/306360.html).

Madeline
Mar. 16, 2011, 07:28 PM
Sorry Madeline. He changed the stream "address" last minute. This should be the correct one...
http://www.justin.tv/boxingukguru

Hope to see you there tomorrow. Plenty more good racing to come.

Thanks for the update, but yesterday was the day I had off.

HRTV carried all the races today, so I DVR'ed them. What a green day.

Equibrit
Mar. 17, 2011, 03:44 PM
Good job Henry Cecil !

JER
Mar. 17, 2011, 05:54 PM
The fairytale festival continues for the team of Pat Rodford and Kieran Burke. Rodford trains a small string of horses and is retiring as a trainer at the end of this season. Burke will be retiring as a jockey to take over Rodford's training business.

Today, their 25-1 shot, Holmwood Legend, won the Bourne Chase. From the Racing Post (http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/cheltenham-cheltenham-festival-byrne-group-plate-25-1-holmwood-legend-surprise/830885/top/):


Rodford, 70, who appeared to have lost his best chance of a first festival winner in his farewell season when the Burke-ridden Sparky May was second to Quevega on Tuesday, saw his only other festival runner come good with a three-and-a-half-length success.

Before this year, Rodford had sent only one horse to the festival and that fell at the first. Burke, 25, hadn't ridden at the festival until Tuesday and now has a winner and a runner-up to his credit from two rides.

:)

Glimmerglass
Mar. 18, 2011, 11:30 AM
Race 4 - the Gold Cup .. I thought the old champ was going to pull it off. Long Run (age 6) takes the win but damn if Kauto Star wasn't going to make a race of it. after giving way it looks like 'Star' may have been nipped from taking 3rd but with a couple of hurdles to go it looked like the days of old.

Glimmerglass
Mar. 18, 2011, 01:38 PM
As an aside - you have a twit like this who protested on course against the race sponsor (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/3477426/Race-protester-gambles-with-his-life.html). Let's see an 1,100-lb horse going at say 20-mph against a 180-lb man. Reminds me of the lunatic back at Pimlico in 1999 who tried to punch Artax with Jorge Chavez up (http://www.nytimes.com/1999/05/16/sports/horse-racing-notebook-spectator-interferes-with-race-at-pimlico.html).


''As I turned for home, I couldn't believe my eyes,'' said Jerry Bailey, who rode Yes It's True. ''I thought I saw a man standing in the track, and as I got closer I realized it was. He was about eight feet off the rail, and I decided to hold my course and hope he wouldn't move into my path. As I got closer, he seemed to spread his legs and brace his arm to get hit.''

In 1995 a man apparently intent on suicide ran on the track in the middle of a race at Del Mar in California, but also was passed without injury.

Lee Chang Ferrell was barred for life from going onto any Maryland Jockey Club property (http://espn.go.com/horse/TripleCrown00/s/000517_Puncher.html).

I must say that I'm disappointed with HRTV's consistent refusal to mention horses who go down during races. TVG for all its focus on Pick-4s and other wagering at least does acknowledge promptly at the conclusion of the race if a horse goes down.

Does anyone recall the last time a US-based runner raced at Cheltenham?

JER
Mar. 18, 2011, 03:38 PM
Damn those dentists, stealing all the big prizes in equestrian sports! We had Hinrich Romeike taking gold in eventing in the 2008 Olympics, then today Sam Waley-Cohen, an amateur in the irons and a professional with a dental drill, takes the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

When will it stop? Don't we already have enough reasons to dislike dentists? Or should I just give up and apply to dental school?

(I cannot wait to watch the replay. But I don't want to be caught screaming in public...)

Drvmb1ggl3
Mar. 18, 2011, 03:42 PM
The only American trained horse I can remember running at Cheltenham (and by "Cheltenham" I presume we are talking about the traditional three day, now four day meeting, in March with all the big 'championship' races) is Flatterer, who came close to upsetting See You Then's quest for a three in a row in the Champion Hurdle in 1987.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxXzWm3-FFk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Lonesome Glory did win a race around Cheltenham racecourse in the 90's, but it was a handicap Chase on mid week Nov racecard.

Drvmb1ggl3
Mar. 18, 2011, 03:53 PM
Btw, today's Gold Cup was an absolute cracker.... Long Run, Denman, and Kauto landing nose for nose over the 2nd last. He's some animal the winner, but I thought he was out of it with a mile to go, didn't seem to be traveling fluenty. Some job of riding by Waley-Cohen to revive him. Special shout out to Denman, I roared my lungs out for him coming to the last, but the young horse was too much horse for him.
Jesus, I love jump racing, now have to wait a whole nutter year for Cheltenham to come around again.

fernie fox
Mar. 18, 2011, 04:57 PM
Are there any videos of the race on line yet?

Glimmerglass
Mar. 18, 2011, 05:19 PM
Are there any videos of the race on line yet?

The Steeplechase Times has some races via their GBI Racing partnership (http://www.st-publishing.com/cms2/) - see at right of their main page. No registration required, etc.

fernie fox
Mar. 18, 2011, 05:49 PM
OMG what a great race,thank you soo much for the link glimmerglass.