History has proven the Festival to be a ruthless environment where only the toughest, most talented survive. This week will be no different. Some hotpots will enhance already lofty reputations while, for others, the bubble will burst. As ever, the challenge is what to trust and what to oppose, writesmakes his picks.
Mon, 09 Mar, 2020
In the latter stages of his career in the saddle he may be but the joy of riding a winner at the Cheltenham Festival commands a broader-than-ever smile from Ruby Walsh, who didn’t have to wait long to make that familiar walk back to the winner’s enclosure.
Wed, 13 Mar, 2019
At the 11th hour we switched Klassical Dream back to the Supreme and he’ll be my first ride of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. We had contemplated going up in trip with him after his win at the Dublin Racing Festival in Leopardstown but with the ground slowing and looking at the opposition – Felix Desjy will more than likely make it a strongly-run race – we thought this would be the right race for him.
Tue, 12 Mar, 2019
It’s the weekend between the Irish Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup, but it’s another busy and important one. I have three rides this afternoon at Fairyhouse, but it’s Douvan, in the Tied Cottage Chase tomorrow at Punchestown, who will be focus of most attention.
Sat, 04 Feb, 2017
Mon, 09 Jan, 2017
While Vautour failed to read the script when crashing out on his first visit to Aintree, there were no such problems for Douvan as he stamped his authority over his rivals in the manner only he know how with a decisive success in the Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase.
Mon, 11 Apr, 2016
Wed, 30 Mar, 2016
Sat, 19 Mar, 2016