Robin Oakley

Why I fear for Cheltenham Festival

A crucial week for the racing could be dominated by the wrong sort of headlines

Trainer Willie Mullins, who clocked up ten winners at last year’s Cheltenham Festival. Credit: Alan Crowhurst / Stringer

The London Times of 10 March 1922 drily recorded: ‘It is very seldom that Irish racing and hunting people make a determined attack on an English meeting without paying at least their expenses. One gathers that they did more than that yesterday.’ The Times was chronicling Connemara Black’s triumph in the Foxhunters’ Challenge Cup – a victory greeted as Ireland’s first at Cheltenham.

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