Is Champagne Fever the new Dessie?

CHRISTMAS during my late teens involved lots of eating, drinking… and feverish speculation about the King George VI Chase. It has always been one of the highlights of my festive fare and watching Desert Orchid dismantle the opposition in the 1980s became a much-loved part of the yuletide routine. Greys and the King George have …[Read More]

Cheltenham Festival 2013: Day Two Preview

DAY one wasn’t bad, was it? The highlights? The site of little Hurricane Fly tearing up the hill lifted the heart. The way Quevega cut through the pack like a knife through butter made the hairs on my neck spring to attention. And the maturity of young Brendan Powell’s ride on Golden Chieftain was incredible. …[Read More]

Who will be top Cheltenham Festival jockey?

YOU can bet on virtually anything these days. What colour the Queen will wear at Royal Ascot. Who will be the next Pope. The Cheltenham Festival offers bookies the opportunity to be creative with various betting “specials”. But, to be honest, the racing is so good at Cheltenham that the major firms don’t really need …[Read More]