I’ve taken a little break from this blog since Cheltenham. The Festival finished two weeks ago but it is a strange time in the racing calendar. Perhaps there is so much anticipation and build-up to Cheltenham that we all need to have a sit down in a dark room to recover.
This year with Easter falling as it does, it is still another two weeks until the Grand National meeting, and only after Aintree, three weeks after starting the flat season begins to take over with the Guineas trials and the run up to Newmarket at the beginning of May.
So a very quiet four weeks. We had the Doncaster Lincoln meeting last week. I’ve never gone to Lincoln, I’m sure that is something to do one day, but that is a fiendishly difficult day to find winners with big fields, heavy ground and horses at various stages of fitness.
So it is strange but with the fanfare of the start of the flat season, it then goes quiet for a month. Marketeers are all about narrative these days. And it has to be said the flat season takes some time to find its narrative. I’m a little surprised none of those GB racing people have tried to change this.
Of course there are some big meetings around, the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday, is the single richest race in Ireland and tomorrow is the Dubai World Cup, one of the richest races anywhere in the world. Not been to those either.
I will be at Kempton Park on Saturday to see my first flat racing of the year but the weekend I’m particularly looking forward to is at the end of April,
No, I’m not going to see Cue Card’s last race on the last day of the NH season at Sandown, I will be in France. On the Saturday making a first visit to Auteuil for some French jump racing and then on the Sunday, attending L’Inauguration – the day ParisLongchamp (as we need to call it now) bursts back into the big time, with this year’s richly endowed Group One Prix Ganay the highlight, with the likes of none other than Cracksman and Rhododendron on target for it. Now there’s a day with a narrative.