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Wednesday 16th March Cheltenham Festival race card - Full schedule for Ladies Day

Jon Wilde in Wed. 15th March 15 Mar 2016
  • Seven races take place on an exciting second day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival
  • We have details of all the contests scheduled for Wednesday's card
Ruby Walsh riding Queen Mother Champion Chase favourite Un De Sceaux (credit: Cheltenhampro.com)

Day two of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival has the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase as its highlight, with the last three winners of this pulsating contest taking on the young pretender to the crown.

Here is the full schedule for the second day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival:

1.30 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle – 2 miles 5 furlongs 26 yards

A Grade 1 event kicks off each day at the Cheltenham Festival and after six Irish victories within the last 10 years in this one, Alan King tries to keep the prize on home soil with warm favourite Yanworth – although Willie Mullins has a formidable foursome headed by Yorkhill and A Toi Phil.

2.10 RSA Chase – 3 miles 80 yards

Future Gold Cup contenders are likely to emerge here with Denman, Bobs Worth and Lord Windermere all having won both races within the last decade. An intriguing duel is in prospect between Gordon Elliott’s No More Heroes and former World Hurdle winner More Of That.

2.50 Coral Cup – 2 miles 5 furlongs 26 yards

A wide-open handicap hurdle which has attracted a huge field of 26 and will be as competitive as any race at the meeting. Gordon Elliott has won it before with Carlito Brigante and is represented this time by leading contender Diamond King, while Willie Mullins runs four including Arbre De Vie.

3.30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase – 1 mile 7 furlongs 199 yards

Potentially THE race of the meeting as last year’s brilliant Arkle winner Un De Sceaux takes on three horses already on the roll of honour for the Wednesday showpiece - Sprinter Sacre, who has bounced back to form this season, Sire De Grugy and defending champion Dodging Bullets.

4.10 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase – 3 miles 6 furlongs 37 yards

A unique test of jumping and agility in the centre of the track for a race that has been changed this year, now a level-weights contest and no longer a handicap. Several old favourites take their chance including two-time winner Balthazar King and 15-year-old veteran Uncle Junior.

4.50 Fred Winter Juveniles’ Handicap Hurdle – 2 miles 87 yards

Four-year-olds not quite up to Triumph Hurdle class get their chance to land this valuable handicap and trainer Paul Nicholls bids to repeat his 2010 and 2015 successes when saddling Diego Du Charmil, who will bid to lose his maiden tag in the most competitive arena.

5.30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper – 2 miles 87 yards

Will a future superstar emerge from the race contested by the most lightly-raced horses at the Festival? Florida Pearl, Champagne Fever and Cue Card are previous winners, with Willie Mullins’ Augusta Kate and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Ballyandy well fancied to join them.


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Wednesday 16th March Cheltenham Festival race card - Full schedule for Ladies Day

Day two of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival has the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase as its highlight, with the last three winners of this pulsating contest taking on the young pretender to the crown.

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