CHELTENHAM, England — Buveur D’Air won the Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday in a landmark victory for trainer Nicky Henderson and owner J.P. McManus.
Henderson has now won the race a record six times, after victories with See You Then from 1985-87 as well as with Punjabi in 2009 and Binocular in 2010.
It was McManus’ 50th winner at Cheltenham, the most prestigious jumps meeting in British horse racing.
Ridden by Noel Fehily, Buveur D’Air went off at odds of 5-1 and beat stablemate My Tent Or Yours by 4 1/2 lengths.
The last two winners of the race, Annie Power and Faugheen, missed out because of injury.
The highlight of the festival is the Gold Cup on Friday.
The bid for the Triple Crown is over.
Cloud Computing won the 142nd Preakness Stakes in 1.55.98, successfully ending Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness favorite Always Dreaming’s Triple Crown run and upsetting multiple favorites.
Classic Empire and Always Dreaming bolted out in front early, splitting the lead multiple times in the first ½ mile, but Cloud Computing made a late run for trainer Chad Brown’s first Preakness win and jockey Javier Castellano’s second Preakness win.
Classic Empire finished second, Senior Investment finished third, and Always Dreaming finished outside the top 5.
Cloud Computing did not run in the Kentucky Derby, but came into the race with 14-1 odds.
Brown is not the only one who has a special connection to this win. Seth Klarman, one of Cloud Computing’s owners, is a Baltimore-native that grew up watching horse racing at Pimlico. The trainer also revealed that the strategy was to wait behind Always Dreaming and make a late move for the lead.
Always Dreaming ran away from the competition in four consecutive victories this year, winning by a combined 23 ¼ lengths, but could not outmatch Cloud Computing down the stretch. Two years ago, American Pharoah became the first horse to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 37 years, earning a Triple Crown win.
Contributing: Associated Press
Not sure who to pick this afternoon at the Preakness? Eddie Olczyk has your back. Here are Eddie’s picks:
Race 8: 2-4-6
Race 9: 5-4
Race 10: 2-10-6-3
Race 11: 2-5
Race 12: 7-10-4-3
Race 13: 5-4-9-10-1
Coverage of the 2017 Preakness Stakes begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, which you can stream here.