So for the second time I’m attempting a racing blog. This time I’m going to try and blog daily, maybe on the racing that day, maybe on the racing news, maybe on something else that catches my eye. We’ll see.
So Happy New Year! It’s 2018. One of the best things of 2017 for me was the amount of racing I got to – according to my records my second most prolific year of going racing. Stepping down as Chairman at Wealdstone FC has really freed me up! Highlights outside of Enable and Cracksman, were the four trips to Ireland – Punchestown festival, Limerick, Downpatrick and Leopardstown last week and, best of all visiting beautiful Del Mar for my fourth Breeders Cup.
So what are the racing goals for 2018? Leopardstown’s Dublin racing festival is already booked for the beginning of February, and big hopes of returning to the ‘new’ Longchamp for the French Guineas. And one big unlikely ambition for the year? I’d love to get to Baden Baden for their big race around the end of August/early September.
Last year on New Year’s Day, with my first ever membership in hand, I took Mrs K along to Cheltenham. It was a filthy day, and very expensive given no winners and buying her a new winter racing outfit (which so far has only been worn once). This year giving it a miss so no early morning rise and departure heading west, partly due to illness. Welsh National a possibility on Saturday, or else I might have a look at Sandown.
Some good fare at Cheltenham today – the Dipper Novice Chase looks a decent race. I’d be backing Willoughby Court though I can see Yanworth, in receipt of 5lbs, is now favourite. You’d think the Dipper might be a race that throws up lots of good horses. But actually maybe not as many real toppers as you’d think. Remember it was run at Newcastle until 2005. Since then winners have included The Listener, My Way de Solzen and Oscar Whisky (never really did it as a chaser) and last year Whisper. Let’s see what happens today.