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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 March 2007, 17:45 GMT
As it happened: Cheltenham day one
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By Elizabeth Hudson

It was a day to remember at Cheltenham as Irish brother and sister Philip and Nina Carberry both celebrated famous wins.

Philip triumphed on the 16-1 shot Sublimity while Nina followed that with victory on Heads OnThe Ground in the Cross Country Chase.

My Way de Solzen was an impressive winner of the Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase under Robert Thornton while Gaspara followed up her Imperial Cup victory with a win in the Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle.

The bookies were the ones happiest with big priced wins for Ebaziyan (40-1 in the Supreme Novices Hurdle) and Joes Edge (50-1 in the William Hill Trophy)


1720 Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle Race (2m f)
1. Gaspara (A Glassonbury) 9-2 Jt Fav
2. Altilhar (N Fehily) 12-1
3. Laustra Bad (T Scudamore) 16-1
4. Zilcash (Gerard Tumelty) 50-1
24 ran. Dist: 5, nk

Gaspara, trained by David Pipe, landed a 75,000 bonus after winning the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices Handicap Hurdle.

She triumphed in Saturday's Imperial Cup at Sandown under Tony McCoy and looked as impressive this time with conditional jockey Andrew Glassonbury on board.

Pipe's other runner Laustra Bad was just edged out for second place by Altilhar and Noel Fehily.

1640 Sporting Index Handicap Steeple Chase (3m 7f)
1. Heads Onthe Ground (Miss N Carberry) 5-2 Fav
2. Silver Birch (J M Maguire) 14-1
3. Le Duc (S Thomas) 8-1
4. Spot Thedifference (Mr J T McNamara) 6-1
16 ran. Dist: 3, 1

Nina Carberry made it a family double when Heads OntheGround took the honours in the Cross-Country Chase to add to brother Philip's success on Sublimity in the Champion Hurdle.

The Enda Bolger-trained winner was well-fancied and gave Carberry her second victory at the Festival after her success on Dabiroun in the Fred Winter Novices' Handicap Hurdle in 2004.

Carberry was chased home by Silver Birch and Jason Maguire with Sam Thomas on Le Duc back in third.

Bolger's other runner, the experienced Spot Thedifference found the going too tough and finished fourth.

1600 William Hill Trophy Handicap Steeplechase (3m f)
1. Joes Edge (DN Russell) 50-1
2. Juveigneur (Mick FitzGerald) 7-1 co-fav
3. Distant Thunder (Andrew J McNamara) 7-1 co-fav
4. Mon Mome (Liam Treadwell) 16-1
23 ran. Dist: shd, shd

Joes Edge put in a late dramatic run to get the better of Juveigneur and Distant Thunder in a three-way photo finish to win the William Hill Trophy.

Juveigneur, who was beaten by Dun Doire last year, and Distant Thunder looked to be battling their way to the finish but the Scottish National winner Joes Edge was not to be denied

Davy Russell's mount, trained by Ferdy Murphy, put in a storming finish as his rivals toiled up the hill and landed the victory after a three-way photo-finish.

1515 Smurfit Champion Hurdle (2m f)
1. Sublimity (Philip Carberry) 16-1
2. Brave Inca (R Walsh) 11-2
3. Afsoun (Mick FitzGerald) 28-1
10 ran. Dist: 3, nk

Former Flat runner Sublimity got the better of Irish rivals Brave Inca and Hardy Eustace to win the Champion Hurdle for jockey Philip Carberry.

The seven-year-old, travelled superbly throughout as the leaders went off at a fast pace

Philip Carberry's mount, trained by John Carr, went off at 16-1 and put in a determined run to outpace Brave Inca and allow Carberry match the feat of his brother Paul and sister Nina in having a Cheltenham winner.

The favourite Detroit City struggled from the start and although he did briefly find his way to challenge the leaders, he was out of contention two flights from home.

"He's a bit like a Ferrari he's so fast. I can't imagine a horse better than him."
Winning jockey Philip Carberry

"It's disappointing but it's not the end of the world. You aim for it all year and when it goes down like that it's bad."
Detroit City trainer Philip Hobbs

1513: The 10 runners for the Champion Hurdle parade past the grandstand on their way to the start.

1510: Punters are not confident about Brave Inca, who has drifted out to 11-2.

1450: Preparations are well under way for the day's feature race, the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle with popular grey Detroit City likely to go off favourite ahead of Irish duo Brave Inca and Hardy Eustace.

"This is set to be a vintage and fascinating Champion Hurdle" BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght

"Kate Middleton, Prince William's girlfriend, is among those in the parade ring ahead of the big race."
BBC Five Live's Clare Balding

1435 Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase (2m)
1. My Way de Solzen (R Thornton) 7-2
2. Fair Along (R Johnson) 10-3 fav
3.Jack The Giant (M Fitzgerald) 14-1
13 ran

Last year's World Hurdle winner My Way de Solzen claimed an impressive victory in the Arkle Trophy, powering up the Cheltenham hill for a five-length win.

Robert Thornton's mount jumped superbly, as he had done all season, and moved up to challenge long-time leader Jack The Giant from the third-last fence.

The mounts of Tony McCoy and Ruby Walsh, Don't Push It and Twist Magic both fell at the second-last fence but both jockeys appeared to be uninjured.

From then on, there only looked like being one winner but the favourite Fair Along ran on well to finish second as Jack The Giant faded up the hill.

"This is the proper horse - the best I've trained so far. Winning is a huge relief and I will enjoy the rest of the week,"
Victorious trainer Alan King

1400 Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices Hurdle (2m f)
1. Ebaziyan (DJ Condon) 40-1
2. Granit Jack (R Walsh) 15-2
3. Amaretto Rose (Mick Fitzgerald) 2-1f
22 ran. Dist: 3, nk

Ebaziyan, ridden by Davy Condon, pulls off a shock with victory over the well-fancied Granit Jack and Amaretto Rose in the opening race of the 2007 Festival.

606: DEBATE

In a keenly-contested race, Condon's mount, trained by Willie Mullins, edged clear of his rivals up the Cheltenham hill for a three-length win to give Condon his first Festival success.

Granit Jack, ridden by Ruby Walsh, had been prominent throughout and although the mare Amaretto Rose looked like she would challenge, she found it too difficult up the hill.

"It's nice to even have a ride at the Festival. It was messy early on but I'm delighted."
Winning jockey Davy Condon

1402: A huge roar goes up around Cheltenham as the first of 24 races in the 2007 Festival gets underway with the only mare in the field Amaretto Rose going off the clear favourite.

1350: Jockeys are mounting their horses while punters are trying to put on their last minute bets and find the best vantage points to see the first race.

1340: The horses for the day's opening race, the Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices' Hurdle, are starting to make their way around the parade ring and the tension is mounting.

1320 Tony McCoy's partner Chanelle on BBC Radio Five Live:
"Some of the big festivals like Cheltenham you do get the butterflies for. When you see the big falls especially Tony's in Galway, you see how dangerous it can be.

"When a fall like that happens to your partner you do get very worried. But he says the fitter you are as a jockey, the better equipped you will be should you fall.

"I have huge admiration and respect for the jockeys, because I have seen from the inside how dangerous it can be."

1250 GMT: From BBC Sport's Honest Frank at Cheltenham
The mood is building ahead of the first race. Stout is being drunk like it's going out of fashion.

I've been speaking to the well-known Irish bookmaker Paddy Power (christened Patrick Power).

He says the general Irish view is that Hardy Eustace can repel Detroit City, but he is in two minds himself.

Paddy's each-way tip for the day: Belord, trained by Edward O'Grady, in the final race. He should be a decent price.



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