Tap’s top tips for Tuesday are to be found in this alluring video recorded in our Rissington Studio as dawn broke on a fab Gloucestershire morning.
Yesterday under promised and over-delivered. When Cornelius Lycett claimed that 95% of the course was sound at 8.30am , one wag in our household remarked “yes, the car parks”. It was a triumph of hope over ground that allowed the 10.30 inspection to go ahead, but the decision proved both brave and correct as we watched a succession of titanic battles.
Memorable to me will be the slug-fest as the Mcmanus horses came for Ruby and Champagne fever at the last and the magnificent effort of horse and rider that saw off Tony McCoy to set the pink and grey colours up as Champion Novice hurdler. Aunty Kim and the Onesie got their festival off to a winning start and they earn pride of place at the head of the blog!
For those not able to master the link to the video – here are Tap’s top tips again.
Hope to see you at the Bandstand in the Guinness Village before and between races (but not after as they seal off the village to returning racegoers after the last race – grr!)
1.30 John Oaksey National Hunt Chase (Amateurs) 4m Rose of the Moon
2.05 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (Grade One) 2m 5f Pont Alexandre
2.40 RSA Chase (Grade One) 3m 110y –Unioniste (e/w Theatrical Star)
3.20 Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade One) – Sprinter Sacre (e/w Somersby)
4.00 Coral Cup (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade Three) 2m 5f £80,000 Abbey Lane
4.40 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade Three) 2m 110y Megalypos
5.15 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade One) 2m 110y Le Vent d’Anton
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