And so we enter the last day. The great day. The day of two greats in particular. The day that pitches Kauto Star against Long Run in what can only be described as a mouth-watering clash of the titans, more exciting and enthralling than any racing fan has right to ask for.
For anyone who needs to ask ‘why’, see my article of Tuesday. Kauto the legend bids to do what all have dreamed of – return from major glories, having looked like a worthy Champion who’s had his time, to tell the world he’s not finished, he’s got yet more to give. And in reality its not actually him vs Long Run, more Kauto vs Cheltenham, and all that 3 miles 2 furlongs of undulating turf, immovable objects and almost worthy adversaries the course can muster.
Watch and enjoy. If he wins, everyone will (or at least should) be euphoric. If not, well, what will be will be.
Other battles have taken place this week, none more so than punter vs bookie. Although the author has done pathetically and drawn shame on his family name, other stories have been more entertaining.
The owner of Son of Flick won a reported £900k thanks to his horse’s victory. A monumental winfall, quick calculations at five in the morning without the help of a fag packet suggest he must have staked north of 20 grand. A bet for someone who can obviously afford to lose – and who has massive kahunas.
More romantic is the story of a member of Nicky Henderson’s stable staff, who reportedly put a five horse accumulator on back in November. The £50 bet, a grand stake for one of modest income, witnessed winner after winner. The anonymous gambler who has become the target of hate of Bet365 directors, has won in excess of £1,000,000 (yes, that’s a million). Winning such a bet is incredibly impressive – its no lottery win and the stake is more, but you don’t win through random luck.
So its not all doom and gloom. These examples allow further faith and will probably only serve to justify further losses. C’est la vie – worse things happen at sea.
And on to today. The first is the Triumph, a fast run, hugely competitive hurdle for young horses. The author backed Grumeti at christmas time – although he should win my kiss of death seems to know no limits this week. Alan King, his trainer, has a great record, and Balder Succes to take into calculations as well. Otherwise Dodging Bullets could offer each way value.
Next is the County Hurdle, a highly competitive handicap. Citizenship is a worthy favourite trained by the shrewdest of ladies who knows how to ready a good one. Magnifique Etoile could go close at plump prices.
The Albert Bartlett has a wealth of young, talented staying hurdlers. Boston Bob should win, he has interesting form with Mount Benbulen and they could be wrestling as the line approaches.
Next is the 3.20. Two words: Kauto. Star.
Th Foxhunters is a race for the best Point To Pointers (amateur horses) in the land. Funnily enough, most of the horses appear to be past pros. Try Roulez Cool.
Next Wolf Moon.
Last Kid Cassidy and Kumbeshwar.
Sorry for the rush, plane taking off. Good luck, enjoy. See you in Zurich.
by Daniel Polak