It’s day three at the Cheltenham Festival. What a week it has been thus far. The Festival never disappoints, and this year has been no different with each race throwing up its own story of ecstasy and anguish.
This has been no different for BetVictor Brand Ambassador, Rachael Blackmore. Rachael battled back after two unlucky opening rides to win on new equine heroine Honeysuckle on Tuesday before going agonisingly close on Minella Indo yesterday.
Ahead of another action-packed afternoon, we caught up with Rachael again as she shares her thoughts on day three, exclusively on our BetVictor blog.
Marsh Novices Chase, 1.30pm
My first ride on Thursday is on Bapaume for Willie Mullins. All eyes will be on the 12-year-old duel Cheltenham Festival winner Faugheen, but it’s great to get a ride for Willie with Bapaume.
He was impressive when winning his Beginners’ Chase at Naas and even though this is a highly competitive race, I’m looking forward to riding him and hopeful of his chances.
Ryanair Chase, 2.50pm
Next, I partner A Plus Tard in the Ryanair Chase. He’s very special to me for obvious reasons, having been my first ever Cheltenham Festival winner when we won here last year.
He’s extremely well at home and we’re very happy with him. He was excellent over Christmas when he beat Chacun Por Soi over two miles. However, this again looks competitive with Frodon and the likes in there. That said, we couldn’t be any happier with ours and we arrive here full of confidence.
Mares’ Novices, 4.50pm
My last ride of the day is on Minella Melody for Henry in the same colours as Honeysuckle. She’s won her last three starts over hurdles and has finished in front of a few of today’s opposition already, so we come into this in great form.
There’s been no issues travelling over and since then she’s settled in well. She’s so straightforward to ride and it would be great if we could get these colours in front again.