Vermin

We (and I am talking England here) don’t have a vermin list.  I’m glad about that.  Whenever I hear someone talking about vermin it makes my metaphorical hackles rise.  Why should we regard any species that has evolved on this planet as being a problem? Yes, individuals of species can cause us problems but it…

Cheltenham preview for Day 3

Most people regard this as the least interesting day of the Festival – they are wrong. The Ryanair Chase is one of the best races of the four days and the World Hurdle is another. The Ryanair is run over that ‘funny’ distance of 2.5 miles – a bit far for some of the quick…

Cheltenham preview for Day 2

 Day 2 is usually my favourite day but I’m not sure that will be the case this year.  The ‘big’ race, the Champion Chase, doesn’t quicken the pulse in its usual manner this year. It’s not because Sprinter Sacre, the reigning champion is missing through injury (if that’s the right thing to call a heart…

Past and future defence

The whole purpose of the Monday of Cheltenham week is to free one’s mind from real life and to concentrate on the total irrelevance of horses running around in circles (in the case of Cheltenham, anti-clockwise circles).  So with this in mind I went for a walk early on Monday morning to relax and let…