SO, it looks like the new race at the Cheltenham Festival – the worst-kept secret since Wally’s exact whereabouts – is going to be a mares’ novices’ hurdle. Or a mares’ chase. It looks like it’s going to be a mares’ something anyway.

Wait now for the status. If it is given Grade 1 status for its inaugural running, you have to hope that the prize money will be commensurate with such a status. That is imperative.