Would it be on if it was a week later in the calendar? Should it be on given widespread and growing concern over mass gatherings.?
It is what it is and 60,000 souls came together at Cheltenham yesterday to celebrate the best of National Hunt racing.
There was, of course, an element of ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ but we can only hope that the estimated 15-20,000 Irish racing fans that are travelling over will return back infection-free.
It is no different to the size of crowd that attends a major Premier League game or that will gather in Anfield tonight for the Champions’ League. We just have to hope it proves to have been the right thing to do.
Paddy Power have been everywhere with their multi-media campaign over recent weeks and that extended yesterday to the sponsorship of the Virgin Media Broadcast from Cheltenham.
Smart stings using Ruby Walsh in conversation with Paddy Power himself touched on a variety of important subjects including Ruby’s affection for Marty Morrissey…
The crowd yesterday was 60,664, down an estimated 10 per cent on what would have been expected based on recent years.
Magners is the brand that Bulmers trades on in Britain and they have created their own special bar at this year’s festival.
Betway sponsors the main race of the day, the Champion Chase which will be run at 3.30 this afternoon.
Other sponsors on the day include Ballymore Properties, RSA Insurance, Glenfarclas Scotch Whisky, Weatherby’s, Coral and Boodles Jewellers.
Each day this week we will run the rule over the runners and riders and select four horse that might give you a run for your money. Yesterday’s selections hitting the bar producing a second and two thirds. The small improvement we hope to find today might come from
1330: Envoi Allen (1.8)
1410: Minella Indo (4.0)
1530: Dynamite Dollars (14.0)
1610: Darling Daughter (21.0)