Yesterday saw a bumper 9 race card at Cheltenham with plenty of ups and downs.

In the Clarence House Chase I thought Alan King’s Uxizandre ran extremely well considering it had been off the track for 688 days.  Winner of the Ryanair Chase back in 2015, he ran to his mark of 160 yesterday despite being off the track for so long.

Uxizandre certainly likes it at Cheltenham boasting form figures of 2-1-1-2 and especially after yesterday’s performance I see no reason why he won’t run a big race in this years Ryanair. Anti Post prices available at 12’s

Another horse to catch the eye was Wholestone, who also seems to relish the track at Cheltenham 1-2-1-1. Running over a distance 2m 4f it was interesting to see how that trip suited or would he want further. Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies  has him entered into the Neptune and the Albert Bartlett, personally after yesterday I believe he will want the 2m 7f so the Albert Bartlett it is! Anti Post prices available at 8s

I was fortunate enough to be at Cheltenham yesterday but it was desperately sad to watch Many Clouds collapse after beating Thistlecrack in the Cotswold Chase. Many Clouds will be remembered by most of us as possibly the best Grand National horse since Red Rum.

The jubilation in the winners enclosure was soon replaced by tear of sadness, fellow trainers Warren Greatrex, Alan King and Nicky Henderson were visually emotionally.

“He’s the horse of a lifetime” said his trainer Oliver Sherwood. “He died doing what he loved – jumping and racing. By God, he wanted to win that race.”

Many Clouds was certainly loved by everyone and will be sorely missed.

RIP Many Clouds x


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