Irishwoman Rachel Blackmore makes history as the first female Champion Hurdle-winning Jockey, riding Honeysuckle to victory at Cheltenham.
Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, England.
Cheltenham Festival has been branded a ‘ticking timebomb’ and after bosses made the decision to go ahead with the four day event despite the coronavirus outbreak.
Up to 70,000 spectators are expected to attend the first day of the annual horse racing festival with fans travelling from across Britain to the Gloucestershire course
Tens of thousands of revellers pack Cheltenham as critics warn it’s ‘a ticking timebomb’ (Mail Online)
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Ryan Tubridy, of RTE Radio One, at Cheltenham this week
Aaron Rogan, of The Times Ireland edition, reports:
The Ryan Tubridy Show has defended its failure to tell listeners that yesterday’s broadcast, which featured an interview with Paddy Power, was sponsored by the bookmaker.
The RTÉ Radio 1 programme was broadcast live from Cheltenham at the expense of the gambling giant.
After the 9.30am news Tubridy interviewed Paddy Power but did not say that the company had paid for the production team to travel to and broadcast from the festival.
The company last week sponsored a competition on the programme for listeners to win a trip to the event.
Tubridy’s Paddy Power interview was not advertising, RTÉ insists (Aaron Rogan, The Times Ireland edition)
“Good fun, nonetheless”….
Nick Hewer on the Irish at Cheltenham.
Give or take a vowel.
At Cheltenham yesterday:
[Jockey and royal ex-boyfriend] Richard Johnson [riding Wishfull Thinking during The Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase] falls at the first post taking out a photographer at the process
Somebody (possibly Irish) then shouts “Well done”
(Horse, jockey and photographer left moderately unscathed)
JT McNamara (just) avoids serious injury from his mount Dancing Tornado at the Cheltenham Festival yesterday.
Cheltenham Feststival: Day One In Pictures (Guardian)