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Cheltenham Festival: best bits

Frank Monkhouse | 21 March 2017

Memorable results of the week

We may have lost a couple of big horses in the run up, but this year’s Cheltenham Festival was billed as the best yet, and it more than lived up to the billing. There were big price upsets on a daily basis, nailed on certainties coming to nothing, and a late surge from Mullins and Walsh to save the day for punters.

Who was your best winner of the festival? Feel free to let us know how you got on in the comments section below. We have narrowed it down to our five favourite moments of the week, which was no mean feat. Read on to see who made the list…..

Might Bite wins, despite best efforts

Henderson’s winner looked home and hosed in the closing stages, but almost threw the race away. Might Bite owed half the winner’s pot to the loose horse, which gave him something to aim at. Gripping stuff.

Apple’s Jade upsets VVM and Limini

I must admit I didn’t give the winner a chance, and most expected the Mullins pair Vroum Vroum Mag and Limini to fight it out for the major places. Apple’s Jade had other ideas, scoring at SP 7/2.

Mullins and Walsh finally get going with Yorkhill

6/4 SP jolly Yorkhill made it a great start to Thursday for favourite backers by doing what was expected in the JLT Novices Chase. It opened the floodgates for Mullins and Walsh to start doing what they do best.

Arctic Fire wins in a blanket finish

More joy for Team Mullins, and backers were given a white knuckle ride as Arctic Fire edged out L’Ami Serge and Ozzie The Oscar. The SP of the first three was 20/1-25/1-50/1. That race alone summed up what’s great about the festival.

Sizing John takes the Gold Cup

There was no fairytale ending for Cue Card as he, again, fell in the Gold Cup, although this year he was looking well beat. Sizing John got up in a cracking finish to a wonderful race.

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