• Cheltenham Festival 2017: How was it for you?

    Another Cheltenham festival has come and gone. I sincerely hope that it went well for you. Given the results it looked like a bookmakers benefit event, with punters making plenty of hefty contributions over the four days.

    On the run up to the festival plenty of big names horses went on the injury list, such as Annie Power, Faugheen and Thistlecrack to name but a few. This took a fair bit of gloss off the main events and I think the four-day format, which started in 2005, really diluted the quality of some of the races because there wasn’t much strength in depth to some of the races.

    On day one, Labaik caused a shock in the the opening race by winning the Skybet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at 25-1. I hope you backed this one because I didn’t. How could you? Gordon Elliott must be some trainer because Labaik was long odds against to even start the race because he had refused or virtually refused on his previous three starts. However, this time he jumped off well with them when it mattered and he won nicely. The thing I took from the race was that Jack Kennedy is a young jockey going places because he managed to get a great tune out of the winner.

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