Tuesday 13 February 2018

Cheltenham Festival 2010: Cue Card Doesn’t Fluff His Lines

Wins on defending champions Quevega, in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle, and Big Buck’s, in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, plus Sanctuaire in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, were sufficient for Ruby Walsh to edge out fellow Irishman Barry Geraghty, who also rode three winners, and retain his title as leading jockey.

However, two of Geraghty’s winners, Spirit River in the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle and Soldatino in the JCB Triumph Hurdle, were saddled by Nicky Henderson, who also won his fifth Smurfit Champion Hurdle with Binocular and became leading trainer at the Festival for the first time in a decade.

Binocular and Big Buck’s aside, the other ‘championship’ races of the week, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup went to Big Zeb, Cue Card and Imperial Commander. Hindsight is, of course, a wonderful thing, but the once-raced Cue Card romped clear in the closing stages to win by 8 lengths and the same under Joe Tizzard at odds of 40/1!

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