2 horses die on open­ing day of Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS -

CHEL­TENHAM, ENG­LAND » The open­ing day of the pres­ti­gious Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val was marred by the death of a horse in each of the fi­nal two races on Tues­day.

Mossback had to be put down af­ter suf­fer­ing a shoul­der in­jury in a fall dur­ing the Na­tional Hunt Chase. Re­port To Base was put down af­ter fall­ing in the Close Brothers Novices’ Hand­i­cap Chase.

Four horses died in last year’s fes­ti­val. Seven died in 2016.

Bu­veur D’Air be­came the first horse since 2005 to re­tain the Cham­pion Hur­dle ti­tle by win­ning by a head in the fea­ture race on Day 1.

The 4-6 fa­vorite gave trainer Nicky Hen­der­son a record sev­enth vic­tory in the race, but only af­ter bat­tling back af­ter be­ing passed by 7-1 shot Melon on the up­hill fin­ish.

Bu­veur D’Air is the sixth horse to win the Cham­pion Hur­dle more than once. The last to win two straight was Hardy Eustace in 2005. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.