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Summary

  1. Special Tiara (11-1) wins the Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of the Cheltenham Festival
  2. Odds-on favourite Douvan struggles and finishes seventh
  3. Fayonagh wins the Weatherbys Champion Bumper - the day's last race
  4. Champions League: Monaco v Manchester City 19:45 GMT (3-5 after first leg)

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By Alex Bysouth, Michael Emons and Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

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Day two comes to a close

Horse racing

And that's another dramatic day at Cheltenham at an end. You can catch up on all of the reaction on the BBC Sport website.

Coverage of Thursday's action, featuring the Stayers' Hurdle, gets under way at 1300 GMT on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Fayonagh's dramatic win

Horse racing

It's a second win of the day for Irish amateur jockey Jamie Codd after the fast-finishing Fayonagh overhauls Debuchet late on to win the Champion Bumper.

Codd's mount made a very slow start and was at the back of the field for much of the race but came through well for a fifth win of the meeting for trainer Gordon Elliott.

Fayonagh lands Champion Bumper

Horse racing

Full result

1 Fayonagh (Mr J J Codd) 7-1 

2 Debuchet (Danny Mullins) 10-1 

3 Claimantakinforgan (Nico de Boinville) 22-1

22 ran

BreakingFayonagh wins Champion Bumper

Horse racing

The fast-finishing Fayonagh (7-1) wins the Champion Bumper, the final race on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Final chance of the day at Cheltenham

Horse racing

And they are off in the last race of the day at Cheltenham.

17:30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2m 1/2f)

Horse racing

A victory for Quick Grabim in the Champion Bumper would be incredibly emotional.

The five-year-old, who is around a 20-1 shot, is trained by former jockey Robbie McNamara, who was left paralysed below the waist after a fall during a race in April 2015.

McNamara, who rode two winners at the 2014 Festival, has made a successful switch to training and this will be his first Festival runner as a trainer.

Quick Grabim, who will be ridden by Noel Fehily, won a Bumper at the Christmas meeting at Leopardstown but ran disappointingly last time at Exeter.   

You can read more about McNamara's story  on the BBC Sport website.

Robbie McNamara
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17:30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2m 1/2f)

Horse racing

The final race of the day is coming up shortly and this is a flat race run under National Hunt rules, so no starting stalls and a trip of just over two miles. Willie Mullins has won this race eight times and his hopes are led by Carter McKay, who has won his last two outings, and who will be ridden by Mullins’s son Patrick, a two-time Bumper winner himself in 2008 (Cousin Vinny) and 2012 (Champagne Fever)

But another family combination could be the spoilers – Dan Skelton trains Cause Toujours while younger brother Harry rides the five-year-old. The pair are sons of Rio 2016 equestrian gold medallist Nick.

Harry and Dan Skelton
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Disappointment for Linger

Horse racing

And what happened to Linger, who was the subject of such a big gamble before racing?

The horse, who was 25-1 in the morning and went off at 7-1, was in the lead in the early stages but dropped down the field and was eventually pulled up by jockey Rachael Blackmore a long way from home.

Johnson 'speechless' after Cheltenham win

Horse racing

"This is fantastic - I'm slightly speechless," Flying Tiger's jockey Richard Johnson told BBC Radio 5 Live. 

"Lizzie Kelly has done a lot of work to get him settled but this race really suited him.

"This is the main week of the year and all of the races are so hard to win."

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Horse racing

Andrew Thornton

National Hunt jockey at Cheltenham

Richard Johnson will be over the moon. He got a good run with that.

You do have to feel a little bit for Lizzie Kelly, she had ridden this before and she could have had the choice, but great for Richard Johnson.

Johnson lands another Festival winner

Horse racing

The winner is trained by Nick Williams, who was claiming his first Cheltenham Festival win and who is the stepfather of 5 live pundit Lizzie Kelly, who regularly rides this horse.

It certainly isn't too often that champion jockey Richard Johnson rides a 33-1 chance.

Flying Tiger claims Cheltenham success

Horse racing

Full result

1 Flying Tiger (Richard Johnson) 33-1 

2 Divin Bere (Noel Fehily) 9-2 Fav 

3 Nietzsche (Danny Cook) 12-1 

4 Project Bluebook (Bryan Hughes) 14-1

22 ran

BreakingFlying Tiger wins Fred Winter Hurdle

Horse racing

Flying Tiger (33-1) wins the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

Horse racing

John Inverdale

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If you are a punter and thinking you don't know what to back, then you're thinking follow the money aren't you?

It is safe to bet there has been hundreds of thousands put on Linger.

And they're off...

Horse racing

And they are finally off in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle after a bit of messing around at the start.

Where is your money going?

Linger up to third favourite

Horse racing

There is a big gamble on Linger, ridden by Rachael Blackmore, which was 25-1 this morning and is now a 6-1 shot and up to third favourite.

16:50 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2m ½ f)

Horse racing

And there's another big field (22 runners) for the penultimate race of the day which is for four-year-olds, and again, plenty have chances. Top weight Divin Bere for the in-form Noel Fehily and Nicky Henderson has looked good this season.

Henderson also has Domperignon Du Lys and Percy Street.

However, Paul Nicholls has a good record in this race with wins in 2016, 2015 and 2010 and saddles both Dolos and Dreamcatching.

Paul Nicholls
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Action continues at Cheltenham

Horse racing

Time to get back to the action at Cheltenham with two races to go on what has already been a busy and eventful day.

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City will score in Monaco - Jardim

Monaco v Manchester City (19:45 GMT, City lead 5-3 after first leg)

Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim also anticipates another end-to-end encounter but believes Manchester City will score at least once in their Champions League last-16 second leg tonight.

"I think the two teams will attack and we can expect a lot of goals. "We know we have to score at least two more but I think the individual quality of the City players is so dangerous they can score at any moment.

"So, to qualify I think we will need to score at least three goals." 

'It will be a great game'

Monaco v Manchester City (19:45 GMT, City lead 5-3 after the first leg)

There were eight goals in the Champions League last-16 first leg tie as Manchester City beat Monaco 5-3 and City boss Pep Guardiola has no plans to sit on his side's two-goal lead.

Monaco have scored 123 goals in all competitions this season and Guardiola said: "Taking the ball and attacking as much as possible is the only way I know to beat this type of team.

"If you are thinking about only defending for 90 minutes because we won one game 5-3, you kill yourself.

"Monaco are a team created to attack and our team is created to attack, or at least to score goals, so in that way it will be a great game."

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'Gordon is a genius'

Horse racing

BBC Radio 5 live

Jockey Jamie Codd on returning to win on Causes of Causes again: "Superstar, coming back to the festival to win like that is fantastic. It is some record here. 

"He has been an amazing horse in my career and I'm very thankful for him and to have Gordon Elliott backing me - the man is a genius."

Jamie Codd celebrates
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Course specialist Cause of Causes celebrates victory

Horse racing

It's a third Festival win for Cause of Causes after wins in the four-mile chase in 2015 and last year's Kim Muir Handicap Chase.

Jamie Codd was on board for all three wins and it is a memorable day for the Irish amateur star and for trainer Gordon Elliott and owner JP McManus.

'He's a superstar horse'

Horse racing

BBC Radio 5 live

Trainer Gordon Elliott talking to BBC Radio 5 live after claiming his fourth win of this year's Festival: "He was one of my best chances today, he seems to come well at Cheltenham and we love him to bits. He's a superstar horse.

"Unbelievable, it's a dream come true for him to win again. We were first and second, so it's a great result."

Another Cheltenham win for Cause of Causes

Horse racing

Full result

 1 Cause Of Causes (Mr J J Codd) 4-1 

2 Bless The Wings (Davy Russell) 10-1 

 3 Cantlow (Adrian Heskin) 9-4 Fav 

16 ran

Cross-Country success for Cause of Causes

Horse racing

Cause of Causes (4-1) wins the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase.

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Stuffing their pockets? Or counting their losses?

A long way to go in this Cross-Country Chase.

Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase

Horse racing

And we're under way in the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase.

Cheltenham still bathed in sunshine.

16:10 Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase (3m 6f)

Horse racing

This race, with its mixture of obstacles, is a test of skill for horse and rider alike and the Irish have made it their own in recent times. 

Enda Bolger is a master with five wins, including last year with Josie’s Orders, ridden by Nina Carberry, who misses out this year as she is pregnant.

Bolger this year trains four, led by market leader Cantlow, but Auvergnat is not without a chance, but Cause of Causes, who has a second and two wins at the Festival, is a big challenger. All three horses are owned by JP McManus.

Cantlow jumps at Cheltenham in December
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Moving swiftly on....

'We are all gobsmacked'

Horse racing

Douvan
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Willie Mullins, Douvan's trainer, has told BBC Radio 5 live he thinks the pre-race favourite may have pulled something during the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

"We are all a bit gobsmacked I think, he didn't jump as well as we had hoped with his usual fluency," said Mullins. "Usually you find something wrong when that happens.

"He probably pulled something, a muscle, a ligament, hopefully something that will come right straight away. 

"Over the first two fences, I thought he would have to be a super horse to win this, you don't get away with that in the Champion Chase.

"I'm hoping he could be one of the best horses I have ever trained. Today was clearly was not his day. That's the way it is.

"We are all disappointed that this happened, now my main job is to find out what is wrong and how long it will take to fix."

Horse racing

Well, once you catch your breath from that one we can start looking ahead to the Cross Country Chase at 16:10 GMT.

I imagine there'll be a few pockets turned out looking to recoup their losses.

Such is racing, such is sport...

Celebrations for the bookmakers

Horse racing

One bookmaker has the biggest smile in Cheltenham after a punter had put £500,000 on Douvan to win at odds of 1-5, a bet that would have seen the punter win an extra £100,000.

Bookie Kyle Drummond tells BBC Radio 5 live: "It's good you got me now as we were just going start to do a conga around the betting ring.

"We never thought we would get Douvan turned over. We are going out for a steak later. After the first two fences I never fancied that Douvan was travelling well.

"After Altior yesterday, we were owed one."

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'The stuff you dream of'

Horse racing

BBC Radio 5 live

Special Tiara's trainer Henry De Bromhead tells BBC Radio 5 live: "Unbelievable, I'm just so happy.

"What a horse and Noel was amazing on it. If we got placed we would have been delighted but to go and win it is the stuff you dream of."

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'Douvan had an off day'

Horse racing

BBC Radio 5 live

Katie Walsh on BBC Radio 5 live: "Douvan struggled to get into a rhythm and it was not happening for Ruby. There is no such thing as a certainty but that is jump racing and that is life.

"We didn't get a true sense of Douvan today. They are not machines and he was having an off day. Today he was not firing on all cyclinders.

"The horse is back 100%, Ruby is 100% so there will be other days."

'To win one is brilliant'

Horse racing

Fehily
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Special Tiara's winning jockey Noel Fehily tells BBC Radio 5 live: "He felt great and never missed a beat, I have been second in this race a few times so to win one is brilliant."