Three things to take from day two of the festival
Might Bite won the RSA Chase in bizarre fashion
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Three things to take from day two of the festival By PETER SCARGILL 6:12PM 15 MAR 2017
We have reached the halfway point of the Cheltenham Festival and what a two days of action we have had. We look at three things we can takeaway from day two for the rest of the meeting and beyond.
Anything can happen in jumps racing
They are horses, not machines. If you have more than an occasional interest in the sport it is an expression you will have heard more than once and it could not have been illustrated more clearly than in an hour and a half window at Cheltenham on Wednesday.
Approaching the last Might Bite looked straight off the IBM production line. He was 20 lengths clear and pulverising his 'oppostion'. Then he walked through the last, hung badly to his right and almost stopped, throwing away the entirety of his advantage before rallying to triumph by a going away again nose.
Then Douvan, who has looked as close to a machine as any horse in training since joining Willie Mullins, did the inexplicable – and lost. That he was beaten out of sight into seventh, and bearly produced a leap that did not result in a mouthful of heart, suggests something was amiss and even as trainer as brilliant as peaking his string for the festival as Mullins was left scratching his head.
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Causes Of Causes is a Cheltenham Festival legend
Cause Of Causes joins some of the most illustrious names in Cheltenham Festival history by winning his third different race at the meeting by taking the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase.
The remarkable nine-year-old had shown precisely diddly squat since his win in the Kim Muir Chase last year, and he showed exactly same form between his win in the National Hunt Chase and the Kim Muir.
Jamie Codd and Cause Of Causes celebrate the first leg of a double
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
But much like the thousands who light up and come to life when arriving at the festival each year, Cause Of Causes is never better than during this week and joins Flying Bolt, Bobs Worth and Vautour as a winner of three different races at the meeting.
Divin intervention raises hopes in Triumph
So far it has not been a week where things have gone to script, but surely those connected with Master Blueyes must be excited about their chances in the JCB Triumph Hurdle after watching the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.
Master Blueyes finished just a neck behind Fred Winter second Divin Bere at Huntingdon in January before landing his next two starts in emphatic style. That included an 18-length destruction of Fred Winter winner Flying Tiger at Kempton last time – which makes his form look rather good for Friday's Grade 1.
Mind you, Divin Bere's trainer Nicky Henderson will also likely be a happy man. He rates his Triumph contender Charli Parcs as far superior to his Fred Winter runner-up.
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