BILLAWAY produced a sensational finish to chin Winged Leader on the line to win the St James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase.
Patrick Mullins produced when he needed to most to deliver heartbreak to rival jockey Brian O’Neill on the runner-up.
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Patrick Mullins delivered Billaway at the perfect time to win the Hunter’s Chase
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Former jump jockey Charlie Poste told BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra: “It was a ride of incredible finesse – there was strength in the finish too.
“Billaway never looked comfortable on the second circuit.
“At the top of the hill he’d have been my sixth choice to win the race. He was under the most pressure.”
- Billaway 13-8
- Winged Leader 9-2
- Mighty Stowaway 33-1
- Dubai Quest 13-2
- Senor Lombardy 66-1
- Pont Aven 14-1
What is the Cheltenham race schedule for each day?
Seven races will take place each day, with the marquee race of the day off at 3.30pm.
Friday, March 18 – Gold Cup Day
- 1.30pm Triumph Hurdle (ITV 1/ talkSPORT)
- 2.10pm County Hurdle (ITV 1/ talkSPORT)
- 2.50pm Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (ITV 1/ talkSPORT)
- 3.30pm Gold Cup (ITV 1/ talkSPORT)
- 4.10pm Festival Hunters’ Chase (ITV 1)
- 4.50pm Mares’ Chase (Racing TV)
- 5.30pm Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle (Racing TV)
What TV channel and live stream is Cheltenham Festival 2022 on?
ITV 1 will be showing the first five of the seven races each day, with Ed Chamberlain and Francesca Cumani at the helm.
ITV 1 begin their coverage at 12.50pm following the news.
Then the final two will be shown on Racing TV and also available through bookmakers’ websites.
While for radio commentary, talkSPORT will be broadcasting the first four races each day.