There was good news at the end of Countryside Day, the first day of The November Meeting 2018, with a record crowd of 22,491 announced (updated at 5.20pm).
Last year's attendance came to 21,612, while the previous best total for the day was 22,071 in 2015.
Ian Renton, Regional Director of The Jockey Club, Cheltenham & the South West, remarked: "It is great to see so many racegoers at Cheltenham for Countryside Day, which is always a popular day.
"It augurs well for the rest of The November Meeting, tomorrow's The November Meeting Saturday and The November Meeting Sunday."
SIMON CLAISSE AFTER RACING
At the end of Countryside Day, the first day of the three-day November Meeting, Cheltenham's Clerk of the Course, Simon Claisse, said: "It's been a fantastic day's racing, as anticipated.
"The ground has ridden as expected - on the slow side of good. I don't anticipate it will change much in the next 24 hours. Having said that, although the forecast is dry, it looks like being a brighter day tomorrow but cooler.
"We will be putting the track back this evening but are not anticipating any rail movements tomorrow because today, for the first time ever at this fixture, we opened up four yards of fresh chase ground, which is something we haven't been able to do before at this meeting. We will look at moving the hurdle rails for Sunday."
Race 1 - 12:40pm MARKEL INSURANCE AMATEUR RIDERS' HANDICAP CHASE
Mr Richard Deegan, the rider of BOSCO DI ALCO (FR), was unseated on the home turn after one circuit. The rider was interviewed and shown recordings of the incident. It was found that the incident was accidental and was caused by BOSCO DI ALCO (FR) losing his footing on the bend.
Following the race, Mr Derek O'Connor reported that FOR GOOD MEASURE (IRE), placed sixth, was never travelling and Philip Hobbs could offer no explanation for the gelding's performance; the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination, during routine testing of the gelding, failed to reveal any abnormalities. The Veterinary Officer further reported that WALK IN THE MILL (FR), placed third, lost its right hind shoe, LOVELY JOB, placed fifth, lost its right fore shoe and STATION MASTER (IRE), placed second, lost its right fore shoe.
Race 2 - 1:15pm SWANEE RIVER SUPPORTS COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE NOVICES' HANDICAP HURDLE
VISIOMAN (FR) wore earplugs throughout the race.
An enquiry was held to consider interference on the bend approaching the last flight when TRY AGAIN (IRE), placed fifth, ridden by Mark Enright, interfered with DOSTAL PHIL (FR), unplaced, ridden by Barry Geraghty, which caused interference to THE TWISLER, placed eighth, ridden by Robert Dunne and in turn interfered with VOCALISER (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Charlie Poste. The interference was found to be accidental as TRY AGAIN (IRE) had shifted quickly left before being corrected, causing the horses on his inside to shift left and consequently VOCALISER (IRE) to be checked.
Race 4 - 2:25pm STEEL PLATE AND SECTIONS NOVICES' CHASE
Daryl Jacob, the rider of LE BREUIL, placed second, was suspended for 2 days for using his whip above the permitted level from after the last fence.
Race 6 - 3:35pm G2 BALLYMORE NOVICES' HURDLE (Registered as the Hyde Novices' Hurdle)
Following the race, the representative of Jamie Snowden reported that DOUBLE TREASURE, which was pulled up, had a breathing problem and the Veterinary Officer reported that PERCY VEER, placed third, finished lame on its right fore.
LEADING JOCKEYS AT THE NOVEMBER MEETING AFTER COUNTRYSIDE DAY
Jockey 1st 2nd 3rd
Paddy Brennan 3 - -
Mark Grant 1 - -
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 1 - -
Mark Walsh 1 - -
Noel Fehily - 2 -
Leighton Aspell - 1 -
Mr Jamie Codd - 1 -
Daryl Jacob - 1 -
Gavin Sheehan - 1 -
Aidan Coleman - - 1
Mark Enright - - 1
Jeremiah McGrath - - 1
Mr Martin McIntyre - - 1
Harry Skelton - - 1
Miss Isabel Williams - - 1
LEADING TRAINERS AT THE NOVEMBER MEETING AFTER COUNTRYSIDE DAY
Jockey 1st 2nd 3rd
Fergal O'Brien 2 - -
Neil Mulholland 1 1 -
Enda Bolger IRE 1 - -
Tom George 1 - -
Nigel Twiston-Davies 1 - -
Nicky Henderson - 1 1
Kim Bailey - 1 -
Ben Pauling - 1 -
Jamie Snowden - 1 -
Lucy Wadham - 1 -
Eric McNamara IRE - - 1
Gearoid O'Loughlin - - 1
Dan Skelton - - 1
Robert Walford - - 1
Evan Williams - - 1
THE NOVEMBER MEETING 2018 - WINNERS
12.40pm Markel Insurance Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase (0-140) 3m 1f
The Young Master (Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters) Neil Mulholland 9-11-08 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 9/2
1.15pm Swanee River Supports Countryside Alliance Novices' Handicap Hurdle 2m 87y
Red Hot Chilly (Mr & Mrs A J Mutch) Fergal O'Brien 5-11-01 Paddy Brennan 33/1
1.50pm Betvictor Handicap Chase 1m 7f 199y
Bun Doran (Crossed Fingers Partnership) Tom George 7-11-10 Paddy Brennan 9/4F
2.25pm Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase 2m 4f 44y
Count Meribel (Charles Walker) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-11-07 Mark Grant 4/1
3.00pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase 3m 6f 37y
Josies Orders (J P McManus) Enda Bolger IRE 10-10-11 Mark Walsh 2/1F
3.35pm Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Race (Grade 2) 2m 5f
Coolanly (Five Go Racing) Fergal O'Brien 6-11-00 7/2