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Cheltenham Festival 2017: Social media reacts to an eventful second day

Ladies Day at Cheltenham Festival provided a number of headlines throughout the day. Here are a selection told through social media.

 

Shock in the Champion Chase

Douvan was the main favourite of the day with a starting price of 1-4 in the Champion Chase. The majority of punters were more than confident that the Willie Mullins-trained horse would ease to an expected victory.

They would have had plenty of reason to back the 2016 Arkle Trophy winner as Douvan had won all 13 of his previous 13 races.

However, the odds-on favourite did not even finish in the top three in the biggest shock of the Festival so far, finishing fifth.

 

Brief scare for favourite Might Bite

7-2 favourite Might Bite recovered from a lapse in concentration after jumping the last fence to win the RSA Chase in a photo finish to edge out fellow Nicky Henderson-trained Whisper.

Having had a lead of 15 lengths as he jumped the last, Might Bite suddenly veered off course before regaining composure to narrowly cross ahead of Whisper in the most dramatic of circumstances.


First winner for local trainer

It was a special day for Bourton-on-the-Water-based trainer Ben Pauling as he celebrated his first ever Cheltenham Festival victory as his horse Willoughby Court saw off favourite Neon Wolf in a tight finish.

 

Fatality in Neptune Novices’ Hurdle

Pauling’s winner in the first race of the day was overshadowed by the fatal fall of the Henderson-trained horse Consul De Thaix.

 

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