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Cheltenham’s Second last on the move

November 13, 2010

Cheltenham Saturday 13th November 2010. More problems at the recently-moved second last fence. I noticed John Francome was a little more guarded on his comments during his piece about the fence on Friday’s C4 racing. So what’s going on?

Stratford-on-Avon tried a similar layout a couple of seasons ago but soon discovered problems with a second-last fence coming soon after the final bend. Now I know Stratford is different to Cheltenham, but it seems to me that squeezing two fences into a relatively short straight is the common thread.

I wonder how long this ‘experiment’ will last?

If Cheltenham really wants to meddle with a layout, what about fitting another flight of hurdles in between the existing last two flights on the New Course. Now that would make sense.


Hello world!

February 9, 2010

Welcome to Solsbury View. Still cold here in Bath, United Kingdom/Great Britain or whatever…

Looking forward to Cheltenham 2010:

Kauto Star vs Denman

But what of Arkle vs Flyingbolt?

Two great head-to-head contests, one-all in the first, but sadly the second never happened.

Over forty years apart,  but very similar in many respects. Different owners but the same trainer. Both well ahead of their peers.

Who was the greatest? We will never know for sure. Perhaps Golden Miller was better than all of them!