SOME final thoughts on Cheltenham before you file it away in the archives. The quality of the run that Road To Respect put up in the Gold Cup, on ground that was softer than ideal, appears to have gone largely under the radar. Gigginstown House and Noel Meade and Sean Flanagan were unlucky that the ground came up unusually soft for Gold Cup day.

It was a double-whammy. Not only is the Gamut gelding is at his best on better ground anyway, but the ease in the ground placed an emphasis on his stamina, which was unproven over an extended three and a quarter miles.