The top quality jumps racing is coming thick and fast, and this weekend gone featured one of the early-season showpieces; the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock. A race won four times by the mighty Kauto Star, including back in 2011 when he regained his crown to rapturous applause, this race always excites and Saturday was no exception. This time it was another horse who regained the race and in dazzling style.
Seven days ago, minutes after Sprinter Sacre made his stunning return at Cheltenham, the unthinkable happened and Faugheen lost his unbeaten record. Sent off 1/6 favourite in the Grade 1 Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown, it should have been a routine victory for the reigning Champion Hurdle. But as with Sprinter Sacre, racing never fails to surprise, and this was probably best summed up by Nicky Henderson in his post-race interview, when he remarked: “Oh Faugheen is going to get beaten”.
The Open Meeting at Cheltenham kicked off yesterday with a number of impressive performances. Today is the Paddy Power Gold Cup and there’s a couple of horses that catch the eye, whilst a horse to follow provides a bet in the final race of the day.