Cheltenham Festival 2018 LIVE results, predictions, weather forecast: Horse racing action on Day One




1.30 race
AHEAD OF THE CURVE: 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, ridden before 3 out, weakened last 50 yards, 4th of 9, 4l behind Cresswell Legend (11-2) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Jan.

AYE AYE CHARLIE: 16-1 (11-5) Held up behind, pushed along 4 out, headway under pressure when left 4th approaching last, stayed on to take 3rd flat, no chance with cear pair, 3rd of 9, 30l behind Santini (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan.


BLACK OP: 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 4th, challenged on outside 3 out, led after next, mistake last, soon ridden, kept on until headed and no extra closing stages, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Santini (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan.


BRAHMA BULL: 2-9fav (11-12) Tracked leader, disputed briefly from 5th to 6th, improved to dispute again after 3 out, led entering straight, jumped right 2 out, clear before last where pecked slightly, not extended, won at Thurles 3m mdn hdl in Nov beating Eviscerating (11-4) by 11l, 7 ran.


COOLANLY: 11-4fav (10-12) Led until after 1st, chased leader, led again before 3 out, joined next, mistake and headed last, stayed on same pace run-in, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Vinndication (10-12) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) sft in Dec.


DIABLO DE ROUHET: 14-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, good headway on inside over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, edged left under pressure and stayed on in closing stages, always held, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Grapevine (11-4) at Kempton 2m NH flat (5) std.


DUC DES GENIEVRES: 9-1 (11-9) Held up, 9th after 3rd, headway from before straight, soon chased leaders and no impression, kept on without troubling winner into 2nd run-in, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Samcro (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Feb.


GOWITHTHEFLOW: 7-4 (10-12) Made all, ridden after last, held on well towards finish, won at Doncaster 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb beating Paisley Park (11-5) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.


2.10 race
AL BOUM PHOTO: 9-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, 4th after 4th, not fluent 7th, still 4th approaching straight, soon switched right, slight mistake last, soon challenged, kept on well without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Monalee (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 5f nov chs G1 (1) sft in Feb.


ALLYSSON MONTERG: 3-1fav (10-12) In touch on outside, switched inside before 4 out, challenged next, led narrowly after last, ridden out closing stages, kept on, won at Exeter 2m 3f nov chs (3) hvy in Feb beating Verni (10-12) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.


BALLYOPTIC: 5-2fav (11-3) Held up in touch, went 3rd from 9th, went 2nd before 4 out, ridden before 2 out, led run-in, kept on well, won at Wetherby 3m nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Vintage Clouds (11-0) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.


BLACK CORTON: 10-11fav (11-5) Made all and jumped well, fiddled 11th, pushed along and quickened readily clear before the last, kept on strongly, unchallenged, won at Ascot 3m nov chs G2 (1) sft in Feb beating Ms Parfois (10-12) by 8l, 4 ran.


BONBON AU MIEL: 9-4 (11-12) Soon close up and disputed lead, jumped well, led before 3 out, asserted between last 2, stayed on well run-in, easily, won at Navan 2m 4f beg chase hvy in Jan beating Turcagua (11-12) by 11l, 10 ran.


DOUNIKOS: 25-1 (11-10) Held up in touch, 6th approaching 6th, 5th approaching straight, soon effort, kept on well without matching principals run-in, 4th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Monalee (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 5f nov chs G1 (1) sft in Feb.


ELEGANT ESCAPE: 4-6fav (11-4) Disputed lead, narrow advantage 4 out, ridden clear between last 2, stayed on well, readily, won at Exeter 3m grd chs (5yo+) (2) hvy in Feb beating Ramses De Teillee (11-4) by 13l, 4 ran.


FULL IRISH: 8-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, outpaced after 4 out, never on terms, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, 45l behind Mister Whitaker (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs (2) sft in Jan.


2.50 race
DIAMOND KING: 6-1 (11-4) Led, pushed along and strongly pressed approaching last, headed early run-in, no impression and kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Killultagh Vic (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl in Dec.


WILLIAM HENRY: 7-1 (11-7) Chased leaders on inside led and went right last, stayed on strongly run-in, ridden out, bit in hand, won at Kempton 2m 5f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Jan beating Spiritofthegames (10-12) by 3/4l, 16 ran.


TOPOFTHEGAME: 11-2fav (11-7) Chased leaders on outside, 2nd going well before 2 out, led and not fluent 2 out, driven and stayed on run-in, all out, won at Sandown 2m 7f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Feb beating Golan Fortune (10-9) by 1 1/2l, 17 ran.


ABBYSSIAL: 12-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, closer in 4th entering straight, ridden 2 out, no impression before last, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 8l behind Forge Meadow (11-3) at Gowran Park 2m hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Feb.


RIVER FROST: 8-1 (11-12) Never travelled or jumped with any fluency in rear, mistake and reminder after 1st, struggling in rear when pulled up after 6th, in a race won by William Henry (11-7) at Kempton 2m 5f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Jan, 16 ran.


BLEU BERRY: 12-1 (11-2) Held up, effort from before straight, no impression when not fluent last, 17th of 28, 21l behind Off You Go (9-10) at Leopardstown 2m hcap hdle sft in Feb.


BURBANK: 16-1 (11-7) Soon chased leaders on outside, 2nd after 3 out, every chance 2 out, chased winner until between last 2, one pace in 3rd, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Jenkins (11-3) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Jan.


VOIX DU REVE: 16-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, 8th approaching 8th, 7th approaching 2 out, soon no extra, tailed off, 9th of 16, well behind Total Recall (10-4) at Leopardstown 3m hcap hdle sft in Feb.


3.30 race
ALTIOR: 1-3fav (11-6) Jumped well, led until approaching 2nd, tracked leader until 5th, handy 3rd, 2nd travelling well approaching 2 out, upsides on bit last, nudged into lead run-in, soon clear, impressive, won at Newbury 2m chs Grd 2 (1) sft in Feb beating Politologue (11-6) by 4l, 3 ran.


AR MAD: 8-1 (11-7) Led, keen and soon 5 lengths clear, mistake 3rd, not fluent 4 out, strongly challenged 3 out, headed after next, kept on well under pressure, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Politologue (11-7) at Sandown 1m 7f Grade 1 chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Dec.


CHARBEL: 12-1 (11-7) Tracked clear leader, jumped slowly 4th and 5th, rallied 4 out, effort 2 out, soon outpaced, stayed on well towards finish, 4th of 6, 6l behind Politologue (11-7) at Sandown 1m 7f Grade 1 chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Dec.


DOUVAN: 2-9fav (11-10) Led until after 1st, tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th, hit 3 out, lost 2nd and soon beaten, well held 2 out, 7th of 10, 12l behind Special Tiara (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m Grade 1 chs (1) gs in Mar ’17.


GOD’S OWN: 5-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led on inside 4 out, headed next, lost 2nd before 2 out, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 6, 12l behind Waiting Patiently (11-4) at Kempton 2m 4f lst chs (1) gs in Jan.


MIN: 11-8fav (11-10) Soon raced in moderate 3rd, progress to chase leader approaching 3 out, soon closed, travelling smoothly from before straight, led before last, stayed on well to assert run-in, easily, won at Leopardstown 2m 1f chs G2 (1) sft in Feb beating Simply Ned (11-10) by 12l, 7 ran.


ORDINARY WORLD: 10-1 (11-7) Soon raced in moderate 5th, moderate 4th 2 out, ridden and attempting to get to winner in 2nd when bad mistake last and almost unseated rider, no extra in 4th after, 4th of 7, 31l behind Min (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 1f chs G2 (1) sft in Feb.


POLITOLOGUE: 5-2 (11-6) Keen, with leader until went on approaching 2nd, fiddled 4th, pushed along after 2 out, joined last, ridden headed and easily outpaced run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 3, 4l behind Altior (11-6) at Newbury 2m chs Grd 2 (1) sft in Feb.



4.10 race
AUVERGNAT: 7-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, 4th before 5 out, headway into 2nd after 3 out and led last, ridden and kept on run-in, held on, won at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Feb beating Josies Orders (11-11) by shd, 11 ran.


BEEVES: 40-1 (11-12) Led to after 4 out, weakened from next, tailed off, 9th of 11, 45l behind Calett Mad (11-8) at Musselburgh 3m 2f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.


BLESS THE WINGS: 12-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led 27th, driven flat, stayed on well, won at Cheltenham 3m 6f hcp chs (2) gs in Dec beating Cantlow (10-10) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.


CANTLOW: 7-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway 13th, 2nd after 2 out, held by winner flat, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Bless The Wings (11-2) at Cheltenham 3m 6f hcp chs (2) gs in Dec.


CAUSE OF CAUSES: 33-1 (11-10) Held up, soon towards rear, no danger 10th, impeded last, 15th of 22, well behind Last Goodbye (10-0) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs sft in Feb.


CHIC NAME: 33-1 (11-5) Disputed lead, ridden after 3 out, lost place next, readily outpaced by front pair between last 2, 3rd of 4, 23l behind Elegant Escape (11-4) at Exeter 3m grd chs (5yo+) (2) hvy in Feb.


FEDERICI: 4-1 (11-12) Jumped left, led, hit 4 out, headed next, lost 2nd soon after, tried to rally last, switched right and no impression in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Goohar (10-8) at Ludlow 3m Am hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Feb.


HURRICANE DARWIN: 4-1 (12-0) In rear, slow 4th (Ruby’s Double), detached before 13th, no impression in moderate 8th before 2 out, some headway approaching last, kept on one pace, never a factor, 4th of 11, 15l behind Auvergnat (11-9) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Feb.


4.50 race
CASA TALL: (11-0) won at Bordeaux Le Bouscat(FR) 2m 2f 3yo hdl hvy in Nov beating El Gringo (10-12) by 7l, 10 ran.


MITCHOUKA: 4-9fav (11-7) Held up in rear of mid-division, smooth headway to lead 2 out, travelled well and asserted approaching last, kept on well run-in, easily, won at Fairyhouse 2m hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in Feb beating Mastermind (11-4) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.


STYLE DE GARDE: 10-11fav (11-6) Led, quickened before 4th, ridden and headed before 2 out, no impression on winner flat, 4th and fading close home, 4th of 5, 6l behind Esprit De Somoza (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4yo hdl (2) sft in Jan.


ACT OF VALOUR: 7-1 (11-3) Tracked winner, challenged and upsides 3 out, every chance next, soon ridden, readily outpaced by winner flat, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind We Have A Dream (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m 4yo lst hdl (1) sft in Feb.


MERCENAIRE: 6-5fav (10-7) Led to after 1st, tracked leader, led again before 3 out, ridden and headed soon after, well held in clear 2nd when mistake next, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 31l behind Vision Des Flos (11-3) at Exeter 2m 1f Listed nov hdl (1) hvy in Feb.


ESPRIT DE SOMOZA: 4-5fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, no impression on winner, kept on and well clear of rest, 2nd of 14, 4 1/2l behind The Russian Doyen (11-8) at Taunton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.


NUBE NEGRA: fav (11-0) Prominent, smooth headway from 3 out, led on bit after last, hard held, won at Doncaster 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Present From Dubai (10-13) by 8l, 11 ran.


LOOK MY WAY: 5-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, joined leader 3rd, led narrowly next, hard pressed approaching last, ridden and headed flat, no chance with winner in clear 2nd final 150 yards, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Apple’s Shakira (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f 4yo hdl Grade 2 (1) sft in Jan.


5.30 race
BLACKBOW: 11-4fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, 2nd approaching straight, soon led and went on, kept on well final furlong, won at Leopardstown 2m G2 NH flat (1) sft in Feb beating Rhinestone (11-10) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.


CAREFULLY SELECTED: 8-13fav (11-11) Made all, ridden 2f out, soon went clear, stayed on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Naas 2m NH flat sft in Feb beating Press Conference (11-3) by 5l, 7 ran.


CROOKS PEAK: 4-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 3f out, led over 1f out, ridden and stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Cheltenham 2m Listed NH flat (1) sft in Nov beating Air Navigator (11-0) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.


DASHEL DRASHER: 14-1 (11-3) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on, clear towards finish, won at Wincanton 1m 7f NH flat (5) hvy in Feb beating Hideaway Vic (11-10) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.


DIDTHEYLEAVEUOUTTO: 10-1 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway chasing leaders over 3f out, led going well entering final furlong, ran on strongly, eased close home, won at Ascot 2m Listed NH flat (1) gs in Dec beating Bullionaire (11-4) by 2 3/4l, 14 ran.


DOC PENFRO: 20-1 (11-3) Towards rear, headway halfway, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 17l behind Black Pirate (11-3) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (5) hvy in Feb.


FELIX DESJY: 4-9fav (11-11) Led, pressed over 2f out, ridden and headed 1 1/2f out, stayed on to lead again final 100 yards, kept on well close home, won at Down Royal 2m NH flat sft in Nov beating Cask Mate (11-11) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.


HERECOMESTHEBOOM: 8-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, never involved, 12th of 14, 17l behind Didtheyleaveuoutto (11-4) at Ascot 2m Listed NH flat (1) gs in Dec.

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