It’s Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival and all the commotion ahead of the day has been centred around the Champion Chase as Nicky Henderson’s Altior gets set to face off with Douvan and Min from the stables of Willie Mullins.
Altior is favourite for the Champion Chase, despite recently suffering an injury to his foot earlier in the week, but Henderson has clarified since that he has a full bill of health. Mullins will no doubt want to change the script as Douvan who put in a disappointing showing last year looks to topple the favourite.
Pleased to report that Altior is perfectly sound this morning so it’s all systems go for him in the Champion Chase.
My Tent Or Yours is a non runner in the @unibet Champion Hurdle today on veterinary advice.
— Nicky Henderson (@sevenbarrows) March 13, 2018
Today’s races could represent a whole lot more for the two trainers as Henderson, who is the all-time most successful trainer at the festival with 59 victories is being hotly chased by Mullins on 57 and could today be the day that the mantle changes hands.
Mullins has 18 horses running on today’s race card, whilst Nicky Henderson only has six which gives the former a real opportunity to decrease that deficit of two.
Mullins had four winners on the second day for first time in 25 years last time out at the Festival and if he carries on that form he could more than likely expect a few victories to draw him closer to Henderson.
With the pair both possessing one favourite each on day two in the early betting market it’s set to be a tight showdown.
Henderson currently has the best bet for the showpiece event, the Champion Chase with Altior, whilst Mullins’s possesses the favourite in the final race of the day in the form of Blackbow.
He may not overtake him today but come the end of the festival, Willie Mullins maybe sitting at the top of charts as Mr Cheltenham, a title Henderson has held for over ten years.
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