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16 Mar 18 19:04
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Where do you start?  This year more than ever it's hard to pick one - would have to be Native River, but some special performances this week.

Footpad - one of the best Arkle performances I've seen; Altior - how did he win that when looking beat; Penhill - winning first time out in a year and the first AB winner of the Stayers; Presenting Percy - hacking up in one of the most brutal races in the calendar; Laurina - easiest winner of the week; Balko Des Flos - unfashionable but went past UDS like he wasn't there.

Some lost nothing in defeat too - Supasundae on ground he didn't like, Might Bite for putting it up for Native River, Kalashnikov trying his heart out to the line, Melon improving stones and running a blinder in the Champion.

Vintage festival for me, and the soft/heavy ground didn't detract from it in any way.

Much smaller punting year for me this year, so could actually watch the races a lot more relaxed without that tight knot in your stomach where you're desperate for that big win to get ahead.

Hope all regular forumites came out on top.
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Report conductor March 16, 2018 6:17 PM GMT
after past farcical/false starts, it looks like Cheltenham and jockeys have got their acts together and this week we had no issues down at the start. as a bonus most races went off to time. just a small point but well done to everyone involved. equine wise presenting percy takes the gold medal for performance of the week.. tough, genuine with a real touch of class. 2019 gold cup winner? hope everyone enjoyed it win or lose.
Report unclepuncle March 16, 2018 6:31 PM GMT
Might be biased by having my best betting week ever but I thought it was great Festival and the soft ground helped imo.

Gold Cup, QM and Stayers were great races and although the CH lacked star quality it was still a good finish.
Report unclepuncle March 16, 2018 7:15 PM GMT
As for performance of the week I'd have to go for Summerville Boy. Might not have been a vintage Supreme but he really should not have had any chance after the mistake two out and then the blunder at the last. To get going again twice and win was the mark of a very decent horse.
Report BornToWin March 16, 2018 7:22 PM GMT
All about Altior for me, granted I am biased as I have been aboard pretty much since the beginning.

Although considering the usual prohibitive odds I haven't always been on.
Report duffy March 16, 2018 7:33 PM GMT
The races were run on the ground that the form had been put together on through the winter and it stood up accordingly.
Report unclepuncle March 16, 2018 7:35 PM GMT
Maybe in future Claisse will water to try to guarantee soft with heavy places.Laugh
Report sixtwosix March 16, 2018 8:39 PM GMT
I thought the Champion Hurdle battle between Buveur D'air and Melon was the race of the meeting.
Douvan for a mile was awesome.
The Gold Cup was a wonderful match as Mr Tizzard was proven right with starting Native river off late , the ground so much in his favour just beat a wonderful horse.

Mind Katie Walsh's power packed finish on Wednesday won me just short of 5 grand in a yankee.
Follwoed up today by Moohayed who stayed with despite the hacks saying it doesn't like soft ground .Ever since it trotted around behind Buveir Dair I have waited for it's next run in a nig handicap.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 17, 2018 1:50 PM GMT
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