Its been a cold wet miserable few days giving this Tipster/columnist a freezing racing inspired Flu.
I know if you want sympathy go elsewhere but yesterday at Cheltenham I saw one of the most improbable scenes since I walked into a pub in Newmarket high street and the Gambling Don shouted “You sit down Simon I will get these.”
That was Cheltenham’s decision to race yesterday, yes it was New Years Day and yes people myself included had travelled a long way and paid for accommodation.
Accommodation in Cheltenham isn’t cheap as anyone will tell you, by the way if you think you want to go for the full week at Festival time I suggest you consider doing a modern day version of the Great Train Robbery in order to fund the cheapest B&B!
All this aside the decision should have been made, not today folks sorry! The first race as they splashed down to the start gave the game away as some very highly rated novices got turned over and finished looking very tired, I do hope there’s no lasting damage.
You have to ask the wisdom of the trainers not pulling highly rated horses out on this occasion. But that race was nothing compared to the longer distance chases where Cheltenham took out nine of the fences! As somebody said if nine fences are not fit to race then surely that means we should all go home.
No sport is quite as adept as Racing at shooting itself in the foot and you have to think anyone tuning in and having a look at the sport on New Years Day will not be back in a hurry. I wonder if some of the midweek meetings with just one man and his dog there will be quite as keen to say that sort of ground is perfectly acceptable to race, just a thought!
Better racing is on the way and I have a whole host of horses I’ve been waiting for and also a new all weather source who is the best in the business. Get with me for 2014 it’s going to be amazing! Now for my next max, Lempsip Max!
Back next Thursday.
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