The prolonged post Cheltenham rest is nearly over, both for the blog and for the jumps season.
Aintree’s Grand National meeting has come and gone, Punchestown takes place this week – I went to both last year but neither this time around. But with one minor exception it will be flat racing from now.
The minor exception is an exciting weekend planned for next weekend, when we go over to Paris, primarily for the ‘L’Inauguration’ event taking place at ParisLongchamp (as we have to call it now) featuring the richly endowed Group One Prix Ganay. But before then on Saturday, I will be paying a first visit to Auteuil for a day’s jump racing in the French capital. No idea what to expect from that, it’s not a feature day so I’ll look forward to the entries with interest.
But after that, and hopefully a very nice dinner in the French capital, next Sunday looks super exciting. Cracksman should be heading the bill, which should include the classy filly Rhododendron.
Seven days later at Newmarket it will be Guineas weekend and I’ve just bought my ticket for 2000 day. I’m trying not to be too smug about the price of Gustav Klimt contracting almost every day given my 18-1 ante post ticket. He’s about 5-2 now. Actually I did think Masar looked very good in the Craven stakes this week. But looks like Expert Eye and Roaring Lion now have a lot to do to figure.
I have train travel booked for York for Dante day in May (pre booking the ticket only saves £1 strangely) as the focus will swiftly shift from the Guineas to the Derby and tickets also booked for Derby Day itself and the Thursday and Saturday of the Royal meeting. So plenty to get stuck into as the Flat season takes over.
But first lets enjoy the now annual Mullins – Elliott slugfest that is Punchestown and then Altior at Sandown next week – and then get ready to cheer on Gustav Klimt.