We’re well into the Cheltenham Festival now and as ever the yearly event is bringing plenty of excitement with it, including the Rachael Blackmore win yesterday.
The Irish rider rode Honeysuckle; an unbeaten mare, to a second consecutive Champion Hurdle, kicking off the first day of the Cheltenham Festival.
Betting at The Cheltenham Festival
The Cheltenham Festival attracts large crowds every year and even more people at home watching and being invested in the outcome.
The great thing about horse racing today is that you can bet online and watch the races live, no matter where in the world you are.
This allows horse racing enthusiasts to feel just as involved as though they were there – and those that bet on the 8-11 favourite yesterday will be feeling glad that they placed their money on Rachael Blackmore and Honeysuckle.
We know that reality star Georgia Toff placed her ‘first ever’ bet yesterday at the races and won big; but whether she also bet on Rachael and Honeysuckle is yet to be revealed – and whilst we don’t all have the spare income that ‘Toff’ has, it does go to show that playing the right bet at the right time can be fruitful.
Rachael Blackmore’s Success
Her win at the second Champion Hurdle this year might not have been completely unexpected, considering she was the first female rider to win the same race last year.
When you consider that Honeysuckle was trained by renowned trainer Henry de Bromhead they certainly had plenty of talent and knowledge behind them.
Nevertheless, when she came in ahead of both Epatante (the 2020 champion) and Zanahiyr, both she and Honeysuckle received a loud and supportive cheer from those watching from the grounds.
Blackmore has had a great year, being announced as the BBC World Sport Star of the Year in 2021, which she was awarded back in December.
She and Honeysuckle are clearly a winning team with Blackmore declaring “I’m so lucky to ride winners here and this mare – she’s just incredible”.
Before the race, Blackmore also talked about how nice it was to be able to walk out again in front of a crowd and see people supporting the important sporting event.
“Walking out in front of the stands with all the people, it’s such a special place,”, the 32-year-old clearly happy to be there and no doubt feeling a little happier now that she has a second Champion Hurdle win under her belt.
There are likely to be plenty of people wanting to see if she can score a hat-trick in the riding stakes but we’ll have to wait until the 2023 Cheltenham Festival to see if that is a possibility.
The Return of the Cheltenham Festival
Those that were able to witness the success of Honeysuckle and Blackmore live will be feeling grateful that they were able to.
Last year the event took place behind closed doors and perhaps this led to a record number of 68,567 people attending the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival 2022.