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Cheltenham Festival: Kim Bailey’s Vinndication goes for Gold

Vinndication, trained by local racing trainer, Kim Bailey has been entered into both the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle on Thursday 18th, and the Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase the following day, Friday.

As the Cheltenham Festival gets underway on Tuesday, the races are starting to take shape with Kim Bailey confirming the route Vinndication will take.

It’s speculated that Bailey will pull Vinndication out of the Gold Cup on the Friday.

Cheltenham festival this year will be like no other, as it will all be held behind closed doors for the first time in history, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The festival went ahead last year despite concerns of the spread of coronavirus, with the stands were packed with over 70,000 people from across the world.

Almost 12 months later, the countdown is now on to the most highly anticipated four days of jump racing in the calendar with the 2021 Cheltenham Festival almost upon us.

The opening afternoon of the Festival is packed with top quality as the best young hurdlers clash in the opening Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Newly-named Sporting Life Arkle crowns the champion two-mile novice chaser and the headline race on day one is the Unibet Champion Hurdle, won by some legends of the sport over the years including magnificent mare Dawn Run, the hugely popular Brave Inca and three-time winners Hatton’s Grace, Persian War, See You Then and Istabraq.

Last year, the two-mile crown went to the Nicky Henderson-trained Epatante, but as the anticipation builds for another annual extravaganza of racing, you can read all about our tips, from racing correspondent Jack Dosson here.

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