Matt Chapman’s tip: Garopin de Champs is a horse you can do over and over at Cheltenham
It was a week in Cheltenham that had it all. It was a magical mix of high emotion and breathtaking performance.
Yes, Cheltenham’s 2023 festival may be over in a year, but the memories will last.
A timely reminder that for those responsible for this great sport, racing is a game to stand up for and be proud of. don’t screw it up.
Everything you need for sale has been in Cheltenham for the past 4 days.
Finished off with a great Boodles Gold Cup hero at the Gallopin des Champs. Willie Mullins has a horse he can come back and do over and over again.
Tips for Saturday at the Midlands Nationals
Ride by Irish champion Paul Townend. Just sublime.
Speaking of jockeys, Davy Russell missed the Gold Cup and was a late exit from Conflated, who finished third.
Davey has to remember he’s a hero to most racing fans. Man’s absolute belt.
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Tuesday was an ‘I was there’ moment and seeing Honeysuckle’s dream success in the Close Brothers Mare hurdle after experiencing the runaway Constitution Hill in the Unibet Champion Hurdle was really special. That was it.
Constitution Hill is currently rated 175 and it will be difficult for him to improve on that as he has to figure out who will face him at the Aintree Hurdle.
Kudos to owner Michael Buckley. He answered all the calls and messages about his star and spoke beautifully about owning a huge performer. Backers are a class act.
That being said, those expecting a walk in Aintree’s park will remember that Pridewell once flipped Istabraq under the brilliant Tony McCoy. There are no certainties in this game.
And the moment I thought it was, I was made a fool of myself.
Honeysuckle bowed at the mare, and some of you read this thought, “How did you enjoy Matt? Didn’t you kill her?”
Social media may interpret things that way, but of course we know the world is one of those people who are twisted.
Don’t get me wrong, there is no question that Honeysuckle should have defended his Champion Hurdle crown against Constitution Hill.
Sports are a race between generations, and when you think you can’t win, you shouldn’t run away and take the easy option.
Based on that, underdogs don’t stand a chance and all favorites land in every race.
But any intelligent individual can share it with the sentiment behind Honeysuckle’s victory over trainer Henry de Bromhead and his family, who sadly recently lost his son Jack. Rachel Blackmore wears her blindfold red.
The crowd rose to the occasion and gave Team De Bromhead the welcome they deserved.
The love for the people who participate in this sport is second to none. That’s one of the reasons those of us who are into it know it’s in our blood forever.
By the way, our top man, Henry, offered us a job as his ‘race planner’ when we chatted mid-week.
Rest assured it was a cheeky tongue!
Wednesday’s Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase fell apart, but no one can deny that the Energmen were impressive for Willie Mullins.
Owner Tony Bloom saw his beloved Brighton win later that night.
The Champion Chase division is not a strong division and it will be interesting to see what Arkle hero El Fabiolo can do going forward.
He is a big and very good boy.
Shishkin never flew a twig at Ryanair, but what a win for festival legend Envoi Allen. Blackmore was great again.
As for Shishkin, if he feels like he’s scoring at Ascot, he can do anything. Here he was not going to win any expedition.
But the deepest impression of the week was left by arguably future class acts Barrymore heroes Impale and Passe.
Finally, it was a pleasure to be a part of ITV’s four days of coverage and the editorial team for this paper.
Of course there are prejudices, but the pullout was sensational and a huge amount of work was done behind the scenes.
While others in print are cutting coverage of the race, the sun is going from strength to strength.
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