12:30 UPDATE: Weather update
Another update from Cheltenham as the winds continue to bluster around the racecourse.
The Jockey Club reckon the worst of Storm Gareth WILL hold off, meaning racing should go ahead as planned.
“We’re delighted that the weather conditions have changed from the initial forecasts and the prospect of higher wind speeds and gusts have receded,” a statement read.
“We’re looking forward to a fantastic day’s racing on the old course with the feature race the £400,000 Grade 1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.”
12:05 UPDATE: Early Cheltenham tip
Express Sport’s former racing editor Patrick Weaver has cast his eye over the races for this afternoon.
And he has an early tip for the 13:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle.
Patrick is going for Champ here – the 4/1 favourite in the first race of the day.
But it’s worth noting Battleoverdoyen is dropping in price and is now 9/2.
11:44 UPDATE: Cheltenham schedule
So this is what the schedule looks like for Ladies Day at Cheltenham.
13.30 BALLYMORE NOVICES’ HURDLE
14.10 RSA NOVICES’ CHASE
14.50 CORAL CUP HANDICAP HURDLE
15.30 BETWAY CHAMPION CHASE
16.10 GLENFARCLAS CROSS COUNTRY CHASE
16.50 BOODLES 4YO HANDICAP HURDLE
17.30 WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER
11:33 UPDATE: Altior the tip
Altior is the big tip in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at 15:30pm today.
And a win today would see him go 18 races unbeaten over fences and hurdles – equalling Big Buck’s record.
“I knew we had a good horse from the day he was born and so did the agent who bought him from me for €17,000 on a Sunday afternoon,” said Altior’s breeder Paddy Behan.
“He saw something special in him when he saw him lying in the field, though he never told me what that special thing was.
“But he said he was never going to leave the farm without buying the horse.”
11:15 UPDATE: Cheltenham weather
It’s worth starting out with a look at the weather on this blustery day at Cheltenham.
There is mercifully little rain about – which is good news after a soft day of racing on Tuesday.
However, winds are expected to increase throughout the afternoon, with Storm Gareth sweeping the country.
We can expect plenty of hats to fly to Ladies Day, that’s for sure!
11:00 UPDATE: Welcome
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival.
And it promises to be an eventful Ladies Day at Cheltenham with winds expected to top 40mph on the racecourse.
All eyes will be on Altior in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at 15:30pm.
But there are also six big races follow – and you can do that right here with Express Sport!