I WENT to the Cheltenham Racecourse media event on Wednesday, some of the content of which is summarised elsewhere in this edition (pages 20-21).

On the one hand the event was a much more effective vehicle for the raft of interviews with trainers, handicappers and track officials than has been the case in recent years, with a high trainer attendance rate – Nicky Henderson was the only trainer slated to attend who failed to show or provide a representative – and a less formal lunch setting which stopped things grinding to a halt as can happen.