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Cheltenham stewards' report Day Two of The Festival

GOING CHANGE ON NEW COURSE
 
At the end of racing on Ladies Day, Cheltenham's Clerk of the Course Simon Claisse discussed the ground conditions and the weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow.
 
He said: "It looks as if conditions will stay dry overnight. 
 
"I have actually changed the going on the New Course, which we move on to tomorrow, to Good to Soft, Soft in places on both the Chase and Hurdle courses. 
 
"The expectation is that we could get some light rain tomorrow and blustery winds, but nothing that causes us any concern. The outlook for Friday is dry and breezy.
 
"Today was a lovely day, and the forecast strong winds didn't ever arrive. There was some absolutely terrific racing. 
 
"It is nice to see the spoils spread around a bit, and then to see the horses we all love so much, those champion horses like Altior, win. Tiger Roll we all love, and a very classy bumper winner at the end, too."


STEWARDS' REPORT

Race 1 - 1:30pm G1 BALLYMORE NOVICES' HURDLE RACE

CASTLEBAWN WEST and EASY GAME (FR) wore earplugs and BRIGHT FORECAST (IRE) wore earplugs, which were removed at the start. An enquiry was held to consider interference turning down the hill when SAMS PROFILE, placed fifth, ridden by B.J. Cooper, manoeuvred right-handed tightening up CHAMP, placed second, ridden by Barry Geraghty and the winner, CITY ISLAND (IRE), ridden by Mark Walsh. Cooper was suspended for 2 days for careless riding as he had manoeuvred right when not sufficiently clear. A further enquiry was held to consider interference after jumping the third last flight between SAMS PROFILE, placed fifth, ridden by B.J. Cooper and the winner, CITY ISLAND (IRE) , ridden by Mark Walsh. The interference was found to be accidental as Walsh had gone for a legitimate gap but his horse made contact with the hindquarters of SAMS PROFILE as it rolled in slightly left-handed. Following the race Jack Kennedy reported that BATTLEOVERDOYEN, which was pulled up, was never travelling. The Veterinary Officer further reported that the gelding lost its left fore shoe. Paul Townend reported that CASTLEBAWN WEST, which was pulled up, was never travelling.

Race 2 - 2:10pm G1 RSA INSURANCE NOVICES' CHASE

MORTAL (IRE) wore earplugs and SANTINI wore earplugs, which were removed at the start. The sponsorship in relation to DROVERS LANE (IRE), trained by Rebecca Curtis, did not comply with the Sponsorship Code of Conduct. Curtis was warned as to her responsibility to ensure that the correct sponsorship is carried. On landing after the final fence the winner, TOPOFTHEGAME (IRE), edged right-handed making slight contact with DELTA WORK (FR), placed third, which had to take a slight check, but after viewing a recording of the incident, it was found that no riding offence was involved and that it had not improved the placing of TOPOFTHEGAME (IRE). Harry Cobden, the rider of the winner, TOPOFTHEGAME (IRE), was suspended for 2 days for using his whip in an incorrect place after the last fence. Following the race the Veterinary Officer reported that MORTAL (IRE), placed fifth, lost its right fore shoe and SANTINI, placed second, lost its left fore shoe. He further reported that THE WORLDS END (IRE), which was pulled up, was lame left fore.

Race 3 - 2:50pm G3 CORAL CUP HANDICAP HURDLE

WICKLOW BRAVE and URADEL (GER) wore earplugs and BALLYANDY wore earplugs, which were removed at the start. Following the race the Veterinary Officer reported that DIAMOND CAUCHOIS, which was pulled up, was lame left hind, KILLULTAGH VIC (IRE), unplaced, had a wound on its left fore leg and BALLYANDY, placed third, lost its right hind shoe. Davy Russell reported that FARCLAS (FR), which was pulled up, was never travelling.

Race 4 - 3:30pm G1 BETWAY QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE

MIN (FR) wore earplugs and ALTIOR (IRE) wore earplugs which were removed at the start. The Stewards noted that the Clerk of the Course had given permission for POLITOLOGUE (FR) to parade out of order. As the gelding was proving unruly he further allowed him to break the parade and canter to the start. After reviewing the start the Stewards were satisfied that when the flag dropped the horses were well grouped but that SAINT CALVADOS (FR) and ALTIOR (IRE) jumped away quickly from the start. Following the race Paddy Brennan reported that GOD'S OWN (IRE), which was pulled up, lost its action. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of GOD'S OWN (IRE) found it to be lame left hind.

Race 5 - 4:10pm GLENFARCLAS CROSS COUNTRY CHASE

Following the race Enda Bolger reported that AUVERGNAT (FR), which was pulled up, was unsuited by the Soft, Heavy in places,ground. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of AUVERGNAT (FR) revealed it had a wound on its left fore leg. The Veterinary Officer further reported that JAROB, placed fifth,, lost its left fore shoe.

Race 6 - 4:50pm G3 BOODLES JUVENILE HANDICAP HURDLE 

NATURELLE (FR) wore earplugs and KING D'ARGENT (FR) wore earplugs which were removed at the start. An enquiry was held to consider interference on straightening up after turning into the home straight when Jack Kennedy allowed COKO BEACH, placed second, to drift right-handed, taking the winner BAND OF OUTLAWS (IRE), ridden by J.J. Slevin, off its intended line. Kennedy was cautioned for careless riding as he had allowed his horse to drift right when not sufficiently clear. The performance of LETHAL STEPS, which finished nineteenth, beaten 51 ¼ lengths, was considered. Gordon Elliott could offer no explanation for the gelding's performance. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of LETHAL STEPS, during routine testing, failed to reveal any abnormalities. 
Following the race Barry Geraghty reported that FINE BRUNELLO (FR), unplaced, was never travelling. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of FINE BRUNELLO (FR), during routine testing, failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Race 7 - 5:30pm G1 WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER 

BLUE SARI (FR) wore earplugs. Donnacha O'Brien, the rider of METICULOUS (IRE), placed eighth, was fined £140 for failing to report at scales that he was concerned with the gelding's breathing and felt it prudent to ease the gelding in the closing stages. The Veterinary Officer reported that BLUE SARI (FR), placed second, was lame left fore.

               
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