Last weekend might have been all about the domination of Willie Mullins, however the tables were turned this weekend as the British put down their markers. With trials at both Cheltenham and Doncaster, we saw several performances from horses that could go on to festival success in March.
We all know what happened on the opening day of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival. Annie Power’s last flight fall saved the bookies a monster payout of tens of millions, with the Willie Mullins day one quartet of hot favourites going down in agonising circumstances. Mullins went on to win a record eight races at the festival, and whilst the bookies may have survived last year, it looks even more ominous for them this time around.
The 2016 Cheltenham Festival is two months away today. Ahead of a very good weekend of racing, which is sure to throw up several festival clues, there’s one horse that catches the eye most and it’s time to add to the ante post portfolio.
Once again we were treated to a wonderful feast of racing action over Christmas and the festive period. From the Boxing Day King George blockbuster, up to Grade 1 action earlier today at Naas, there’s been loads of brilliant racing to reflect on with Cheltenham pointers galore. To make things a little easier to digest, I’ll be breaking down the action based on races/groups, much in the style of the brilliant Lydia Hislop and her Road to Cheltenham feature.