Weekend Article. Post Cheltenham & The Return Of The Flat.
So as we emerge from the mist of Cheltenham we have a whole host of fascinating racing to get stuck into. Especially this weekend as the flat season starts all over again at Doncaster for their Lincoln Meeting. I'm very vocal about my love of flat racing, I like all kinds of racing but the flat is my favourite and I can not wait to get stuck into this Doncaster card this weekend.
But we have to reflect somewhat on the weeks that have just passed us by and by that I of course mean the Cheltenham Festival. I attended all four days of the meeting this year for the first time and whether I was winning or losing I had the time of my life. If you get the opportunity to do it i'd fully recommend it. I was situated directly opposite the final flight in the Guinness Stand and it was fantastic. The highlight for me had to be seeing Altior kick on from the last. I was on Min myself and thought Altior may of been in a bit of trouble but my word, the afterburners he showed to power up the hill was some spectacle to see live.
Whilst we are still on the topic of the jumps it was great to see Great Field make his belated reappearance to action this season over at Navan this afternoon. He drifted out to 11/8 from odds on before the off but he put in a usually powerful display from the front and won well by a couple of lengths. The Punchestown Festival looks to be his target now and I'm thoroughly looking forward to seeing him compete in Grade 1 company again.
As we move on to this weekend's action I turn my attention to Doncaster where he see the flat season kick off with a cracking card which is fiercely competitive throughout. The feature being the Heritage Handicap contest that is the Lincoln which is a Class 2 contest ridden over a straight mile. It was won last year by Bravery who attempts to retain his crown this year at a big price. His jockey of last year Danny Tudhope however has opted to choose Lord Glitters over him mind who sits a lot more prominently in the market at around a 6/1 chance. The going is said to be Soft going into Saturday so it obviously pays to look for horses with form on that kind of surface. Have a great weekend.