Altior Bids To Win The Celebration Chase For A Third Season Running
The penultimate Jumps Racing Podcast of the season has landed and Episode 52 covers plenty of ground, including the upcoming Celebration Chase at Sandown..
First, there was a massive weekend of racing in Ireland over Easter as Fairyhouse hosted some cracking contests, including the Irish Grand National. Just a month after finally training his first ever Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Willie Mullins ended his drought in his home Grand National thanks to Burrows Saint.
Mullins also enjoyed success for the second season running in the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase, as Voix Du Reve followed in the footsteps of stablemate and last year's winner, Al Boum Photo, by landing the Grade 1 contest. Meanwhile, Honeysuckle looks a top mare in the making after she romped to victory on Sunday.
The A-To-Z series of cult jumps racing heroes continues with the letter 'Y' as Chris and Sean discuss a legend of the 1990's, who won an RSA Chase during a brilliant career that was marked out by its longevity.
Finally, the curtain comes down on the National Hunt season in Great Britain this weekend as Sandown hosts a cracking racecard on Saturday. There is the bet365 Gold Cup to enjoy as Step Back bids to become the first horse to win this race in successive seasons since Topsham Bay achieved the feat in 1992 and 1993, while the 2016 winner The Young Master is a leading fancy.
There is the small matter of a Celebration Chase to look forward to as Altior bids to win the race for a third year running, although he could face stiff competition from Cyrname - the highest rated chaser in training currently...
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