Racing Postcast: Cheltenham Festival 2019 Review

Racing Postcast: Cheltenham Festival 2019 Review

Updated: 22/05/2022

Racing Post's Maddy Playle, Nick Watts, Stuart Riley and Tom Park take a look back at the Cheltenham Festival 2019, including how Espoir D'Allen won the Champion Hurdle, Altior's Champion Chase defence (and what it means for next season) and why Paisley Park could dominate the Stayers' for years to come.

On the show:
– The team look back at the big races from the Cheltenham Festival and what they mean, starting with Espoir D'Allen's shock Champion Hurdle win and what it means for Apple's Jade and Laurina.

– Altior defended the Champion Chase but not by the margin expected – is his step up in trip now inevitable?

– We look at Bryony Frost's magnificent Ryanair win on Frodon and Paisley Park's Stayers' crown on what many have dubbed Thursday's ‘golden hour'.

– Al Boum Photo finally delivers the Gold Cup for Willie Mullins, but with many in the race underachieving does this years' race suggest the end of the line for the current crop of staying chasers?

– We also look at the other big talking points including Klassical Dream's Supreme win, Defi Du Seuil in the JLT and a potential solution for the issues surrounding the National Hunt Chase.

Producer: @AnyOldAdam

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14 thoughts on “Racing Postcast: Cheltenham Festival 2019 Review”

  1. Don’t understand the disappointment on Altior. In a race with a lot going against him the soft to heavy ground, running on with the leader and still had enough left to go past up the hill. My only surprise was he didn’t win by 4 lengths. He can stay at 2 miles and win the CC again next year

  2. Poor Maddy, what chance does she stand of presenting an entertaining show when her guests would be far more suited to analysing the chancellor's budget. Boring, boring, boring!!!

  3. jwraft09 says:

    Someone get that woman a tissue!
    And Henry said A Plus Tard will get 3 miles…

  4. Santini must be a strong fancy for next season's Hennessy

  5. Delta Work hammered two early on and Russell used up a bit of petrol lobbing into the lead. He had nowhere near the optimal run through the race that the first and second had, so I doubt they will leave him behind next season.

  6. Presenting Percy looked fazed and was putting in an extra stride at many fences – his lack of a chase prep was obvious. Also, he doesn’t look like he relished the hill over 3m 2f. Look again at his RSA win, he didn’t draw away from non-stayer Monalee from the last. And Al Boum Photo was far from finished when he fell (contrary to the popularly expressed opinion he was tired).

  7. Altior jumping too big for longer distances and would take too much out of himself to last home? Totally admirable horse that he is but he’s not in the class of Moscow Flyer – his reputation is based on beating Min twice at the festival and Min is a very weak finisher up the hill.

  8. If you lot didn’t try be too stupidly shrewd and not ignore the obvious you’d probably have had a few winners, nothing wrong with backing horses at top of the market.

  9. altior enters the record books for you 4 to slag him of do you understand how hard it is to win at 4 festivals and on ground he hated and instead of celebrating him you put him down so no wonder you all had no winnere as you no nothing

  10. surreyevo says:

    “Ruby always like to be out the front”…his comfort zone is holding up at the back

  11. Hope Maddy's cough gets better


  13. Nice of the panelist to call people expressing a view on horse welfare idiots. I have been following racing for 35 years so am not talking from perspective at "anti's". Another sign of insular stupidity all too common from those in the racing industry. Sir Erec suffered a stone bruise, was reshod and then suffered a fatal injury all on the same leg. This is public info. Questioning the acceptability of this is not idiotic. The previous analysis of the 4mile chase amounted to Nick Watts rhyming off long distance sites. No discussion of the really poor rides that resulted in suspensions. This ignorance will kill NH racing. The Postcast needs better quality analysis.

  14. Curious stat…Henderson won 4, all Irish bred. Mullins won 4 races…all French bred

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