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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
Team Elliott
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 15, 2019 10:57 PM GMT
Report buddeliea March 16, 2019 6:13 AM GMT
Paisley Park for me.
Report irishone March 16, 2019 6:56 AM GMT
City Island …. up the Rossies ..LaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report foxy March 16, 2019 9:18 AM GMT
i thought the performance of the week was the gold cup winner his time was very good he did it with a bit in hand ,but there were other great performances ,what i am sure about is the rsa was the race of the week three cracking horses who will keep us entertained for many years ahead health allowing.
Report irishone March 16, 2019 9:32 AM GMT
Who could ever imagine or dream a novice with more than a stone to find on the established grade one chasers could win the gold cup ? You are right foxy
Report johnslad March 16, 2019 9:38 AM GMT
Band of outlaws wouldn't have been out of place in the triumph
Report ZEALOT March 16, 2019 9:43 AM GMT
There was a split second when the crowd went absolutely mental . It was when PAISLEY PARK found a little bit extra in the final furlong . The noise from the stands was unbelievable .
Report foxy March 16, 2019 9:50 AM GMT

he is an exceptional horse, on the percy thread on 25th january i said i firmly believe Winkthe gold cup would be won by a horse that ran in last seasons rsa.
Report impossible123 March 16, 2019 10:01 AM GMT
Paisley Park given where he was 2 out, and Frodon for his will and determination to win despite under pressure from 4 onward.
Report foxy March 16, 2019 10:32 AM GMT
both great impossible frodon a bit like our vic and fondmort who both won the ryanair,deserved a really big one and it was a pretty good field,which cant be said about the stayers hurdle it was a dreadful race but yes a nice occasion.
Report irishone March 16, 2019 12:11 PM GMT
Well hang on there foxy
Report foxy March 16, 2019 12:13 PM GMT
Report foxy March 16, 2019 12:13 PM GMT
That was meant to be a question mark irishone
Report irishone March 16, 2019 12:19 PM GMT
The trainer could not remember where his prep run had been
Surely not a good sign before such a prestigeous race ?
And then he was an Irish novice taking on the English best
Al Boum Photo was injured,  2x off for long periods last 2 season
I'd not call that Gd 1 form !

Would you impossible ? LaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report the bloob March 16, 2019 12:34 PM GMT
A Plus Tard was pretty spectacular, could have gone very close in the JLT with that effort
Report grocerjack March 16, 2019 12:58 PM GMT
Not Mc Coy ,who knew all about JPs horses that were strongly fancied and gambled on yet chose to say nothing. Why ask his opinions when clearly the horses are fancied whether they win or lose!
Report FOYLESWAR March 17, 2019 1:13 PM GMT
the champion hurdle hyped by the media and won  won by a relativly uknown trainer   (gordon elliots farrier ) taking on the big boys and turning a supposedly 3 horse race on its head .
Report irishone March 17, 2019 1:28 PM GMT
Yep and a massive chip on his shoulder don't forget !
Report Deptford March 17, 2019 5:33 PM GMT
Millwall goalkeeper, koont
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 18, 2019 10:10 PM GMT
WOLVES anyone ?
Report irishone March 19, 2019 9:44 AM GMT
I thought one horse
Ran a truly exceptional race
Carried top weight
One of the oldest
Was last for two miles
Got caught on the line
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 19, 2019 12:02 PM GMT
Nah, still think WOLVES beating Manu in the FA Cup for a place in the semi final was better Crazy
Report duffy March 19, 2019 2:22 PM GMT
I'm sick to death of the Bryony Frodon love in I know that much, it actually defeats the whole argument about championing women jockeys to go on about it endlessly, the race should have garnered the same attention as it would have done if a bloke rode the horse, that's how you get the boys and girls accepted as the same.
Report buddeliea March 19, 2019 2:49 PM GMT
Yep,totally agree.
Report foxy March 19, 2019 6:36 PM GMT
Not her fault but even **** on the racing tv channel today was saying he had been trying to get answers from the hospital about her situation as he felt the racing world needed to know,ffs has he never heard of patient privacy.
Report foxy March 19, 2019 6:37 PM GMT
The bit blanked out said the sir name of a former Liverpool center half big Ron.
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