13:30 - JLT Novices' Chase
Betfair Starting Price: 2.76 (ISP [2.5])
Antepost High of Winner: [12.0]
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: The winner hit a high of [3.35] in-running, the runner-up, Top Notch, hit a low of [1.62].
Comments: Yorkhill wins in impressive style after travelling supremely well through the race. Ruby Walsh was happy to take the lead coming to the last fence, and even though the winner idled in front he was always holding the runner-up Top Notch who was matched a low of [1.62]. A great start to the day for favourite backers with more strong favs to come.
14:10 - Pertemps Handicap Hurdle
Winner: Presenting Percy
Betfair Starting Price: 14.2 (ISP [12.0]
Antepost High of Winner: [34.0]
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: The winner was matched at a high of [21.0], the runner-up, Barney Dwan, traded at a low of [2.32] in-running, and the third, Jury Duty, at [2.10].
Comments: Nice performance from Presenting Percy to win this race for the same connections two years running after Mall Dini (runs in the Kim Muir later today) won the race last year. A beautifully judged ride from Davy Russell who has now had a winner at the festival every year since 2009. Barney Dwan looked a threat after taking up the lead around the bend, and the strong-travelling Jury Duty also came with a chance, but Russell had them well covered and forged clear on the run in to win by a comfortable 3 ¼ lengths.
14:50 - Ryanair Chase
Winner: Un De Sceaux
Betfair Starting Price: 2.78 (ISP [2.75])
Antepost High of Winner: [17.5]
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: The winner was matched at a high of [3.6] in-running, no significant in-running lows.
Comments: A taking performance from Un De Sceaux who pulled himself to the front after a few fences and jumped boldly from then on to win impressively. His jumping was breathtaking and reminiscent of last year's race winner Vautour. Ruby never had a moments doubt and rode the winner with supreme confidence. Sub Lieutenant ran on bravely but never had any chance with the winner.
15:30 - Stayers' Hurdle
Winner: Nichols Canyon
Betfair Starting Price: [13.0] (ISP [11.0])
Antepost High of Winner: [11.0]
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Nichols Canyon hit [70.0] in the run; Lil Rockerfeller was backed at [1.3]; favourite Unowhatimeanharry was backed at a low of [1.45].
Comments: An incredible race. A perfectly judged ride from Ruby Walsh who got a beautiful tow into the race from Unowhatimeanharry and then hugged the rail to finish out the race in front. Lil Rockerfeller ran a very brave race to finish second, jumping the last in front but couldn't hold the winner on the run to the line. The well-backed favourite Unowhatimeanharry (BSP 1.93) ran a nice race to finish third but wasn't good enough on the day.
16:10 - Brown Stable Plate Handicap Chase
Winner: Road To Respect
Betfair Starting Price: 16.0 (ISP [15.0])
Antepost High of Winner: [27.0]
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: The winner hit a high of [30.0] in-running, the fourth, Thomas Crapper, hit a low of [2.68].
Comments: A competitive festival handicap chase was turned into a straightforward success for Noel Meade's Road To Respect. The winner was always up with the pace and he jumped fairly well in the main apart from a mistake at the first fence. Bryan Cooper was holding on to plenty when joining Baron Alco (matched at a low of [4.10] in-running) and the he forged clear to win by a comfortable six lengths.
16:50 - Mares' Novices' Hurdle
Winner: Lets Dance
Betfair Starting Price: 2.52 ([ISP [2.38])
Antepost High of Winner: [17.0]
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: The winner hit a high of just [3.0] in-running, the runner-up, Barra hit a low of [2.18].
Comments: Ruby Walsh has been at his brilliant best today and rode the winner with supreme confidence to land the race for the second year running for Willie Mullins. Barra ran very well to finish second but couldn't deal with the turn of pace the winner showed after jumping the last. Dusky Legend stayed on to finish third.
17:30 - Kim Muir Handicap Chase
Winner: Domesday Book
Betfair Starting Price: 56.6 ([ISP [41.0])
Antepost High of Winner: [38.0]
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: The winner was matched at a high of [110.0] in-running, the runner-up, Pendra, was matched at a low of [1.17].
Comments: A very exciting finish to what has been another action packed day at the Festival, the final race of the day was landed by an outsider in Domesday Book. He battled out the finish with Pendra, Premier Bond and Potters Legend. Second favourite Mall Dini left it too late after making up ground from the back of the field while favourite Squouateur fell in midfield just after the half way stage.
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