Not sure I’ve ever been less interested in the Cheltenham Festival since I started watching it in the 70s. I’m really bored by how few trainers have competitive horses for the top races these days.
It’s still the best meeting of the year, with big clashes to look forward to. But there’s too many races now, and together with too much Bloodstock concentrated in a few trainers, it’s eroded the competitiveness, and therefore the excitement.
Was waiting an Allegorie De Vassy for a few quid… Paul Townend owed a pint
Constitution Hill SP 9/4; Shiskin 6/1; Altior 4/1; Douvan 2/1; Vautour 7/2. Supreme winners that have turned out to be superstars. All odds against. Facile Vega on the day will go off no shorter than 6/4. Only one horse in 23 years has won the bumper and Supreme. He goes off a price.
Hauturiere makes it an incredible 40 winners in a month (since St Stephen’s Day) for Willie Mullins in Ireland. 152 for the season so far. Just shy of €3m in prize-money. And the DRF to come next week. [and then add in Gowran]
There are horses tailor-made for a fence. Sir Gerhard isn’t one of them.
Mixed reviews on Sir Gerhard. For me he’s a novice. They are supposed to run 3-4 times before a festival so it’s no surprise for him not to be perfect today.
Engine still remains quite clearly but much like Allegorie De Vassy he needs more practice.