Five Most Impressive 2013 Cheltenham Festival Performances
The Cheltenham Festival is over for another year and we have seen some amazing performances by horses, riders and trainers. It is always difficult to pick a highlight from the famous festival but our team of horse racing experts has come up with a list of the top five performances at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.
5. Bobs Worth
Bobs Worth’s victory in the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup was historic for a number of reasons. Not only was it the son of Bob’s Back third straight victory at the festival but also trainer Nicky Henderson’s fiftieth career Cheltenham Festival winner. Bobs Worth overcame a disrupted preparation, which only allowed him one lead-up run, as well as a track that was far too soft for his liking to score a gusty win over Sir Des Champs and Long Run. The eight-year-old should be even better next year and will be aiming for his fourth straight Cheltenham Festival victory.
4. Hurricane Fly
The Champion Hurdle field was probably the most star-studded of the entire festival and Hurricane Fly vanquished them all to become only the second horse in history to reclaim their Champion Hurdle title. In the lead-up to the race there were rumors that the nine-year old was past his best but the son of Montjeu put them to rest by scoring a strong victory over Rock on Ruby and Countrywide Flame.
3. Cue Card
Cue Card produced the best staying performance of his career to win the Ryanair Chase by nine lengths. After he failed to handle the distance of the King George VI Chase there were question marks over whether the son of King’s Theatre would be able to see out the trip of the Ryanair Chase but he answered these questions with a brilliant jumping performance. Now that he has shown an ability to handle these longer races Cue Card is expected to avoid Sprinter Sacre and target staying events.
2. Our Conor
Our Conor scored a brilliant fifteen length victory in the 2013 Triumph Hurdle and the margin of victory could have been even greater as the four-year-old was pulled up well before the finish line. The son of Jeremy has won all four of his starts this season and is now the favourite for the 2014 Champion Hurdle. Punters are already excited for next year’s Champion Hurdle that is expected to have Hurricane Fly defending his title against youngsters Our Conor and The New One.
1. Sprinter Sacre
What more is there to say about the once in a generation equine talent that is Sprinter Sacre. The equine superstar looked as though he never left a canter but still demolished the Queen Mother Champion Chase field by nineteen lengths. Nobody who saw this supreme performance will forget it in a hurry and it was easily the most impressive performance of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival as well as one of the most impressive of all time!
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