Champion Hurdle: The New One has the speed

SOMEBODY asked me who I was going to back for the Champion Hurdle the other day. I replied in the style of Ruby Walsh: “I’m going to wait until the last possible moment and consider all the options. Why the rush?” Ruby must be getting bored of being quizzed about who he is going to …[Read More]

Cheltenham… triumph and tragedy

THE majestic view of Cleeve Hill bathed in sunshine. Guinness. The sight of Vautour clearing the last like Ed Moses in his pomp. The constant smell of pulled pork baps. More Guinness. The optimistic chatter and bar-room philosophy of punters. Some clued–up, others clueless. Another Guinness. This was the Cheltenham Festival, the greatest show on …[Read More]

Ante Post Focus: the Supreme Novices Hurdle

FINDING the winner of the first race of the Cheltenham Festival is something that will set you up for the week. It would be the perfect start to four perfect days. But the Supreme Novices Hurdle is always a tricky opener because it is so competitive. Take last year: you could have thrown a blanket …[Read More]