Eighteen years. It’s how long Jack Kennedy, who announced himself to the wider world with four wins at this week’s Festival, has been on this planet. But it’s also how long British champion jockey Richard Johnson, a veteran of more than 3,000 victories, has had to wait for a second Timico Gold Cup victory.
Last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Sizing John, may not be here to defend his crown but trainer Jessica Harrington has an able deputy in the shape of Our Duke, who can land racing’s blue riband on the final day of another very successful Festival for Irish-trained runners.
L’Ami Serge sailed through the desperately wet conditions at Plumpton yesterday to make an impressive debut over fences in the At The Races App On iPhone Novices’ Chase before waterlogging caused the card to be abandoned after the third race.
Volume levels were at a maximum as Sprinter Sacre announced his return to form in emphatic fashion when making a triumphant visit to a winner’s enclosure he has enjoyed many magical moments in during his career after claiming the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham yesterday.
Paul Nicholls branded the decision of officials at Taunton to omit all bar the two flights in the home straight as "ludicrous" after his Tara Point jumped just four hurdles on her way to winning the feature event of the day at the Somerset circuit.