Well we are at the halfway point in this years Festival and the action has been warmer on the track than the weather off it.
Hurricane Fly proved he really is a Champion and reclaimed his crown at 9 years old in the most scintillating Champion Hurdle in years.
Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson are sweeping the board and are scrapping out the top trainer title, likewise Ruby and Geraghty have the top jock between them.
Down in Somerset the locals will be in shock as messrs Pipe and Nichols have drawn a blank. Of course they might have a storming last two days but the signs don’t look good.
Old Martin Pipe must be mortified to see his son struggle to be competitive after years of multiple winners but racing is a cruel game as even Champion Trainer Paul Nichols is finding out.
Everyone was put away about the ground believing it was going to be much softer than it is but after two days of decent ground and good ground performers winning we know where we are. The mighty Big Bucks is missing from today’s showpiece hurdle and like all great horses you only realise how great he is when he isn’t around. Sadly whoever wins today through no fault of their own most people will sit and watch saying “Big Bucks would have won by 10 lengths.”
So many unanswered questions remain, who will be top trainer? Who will win the World Hurdle? Will Clair Balding stop patronising the crowd? “They really know their racing” she said to Ted Walsh yesterday, fancy that at Cheltenham.
Have a great two remaining days, if you are winning don’t get too excited, treat it with respect, if you are losing hold your nerve it’s what the state of play is on Friday night that matters!
Back next Friday.