George Baker Musing About Cheltenham

George Baker 
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March 10, 2011

Thursday March 10th....

By this time next week, we will be halfway through the Festival. The Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase trophies will be sitting on somebody's mantelpiece or dining room table. A gamble or too will have been landed, a gamble or three will have gone astray....

I am one of the diehards who preferred the 3 day Festival. There was no relent from the intensity. You dived in on a Monday night and emerged, battered and usually poorer, on the Thursday night. The whole experience is a little more sanitised now. People take "days off" from the racing to recharge the batteries. Thursday, perceived as the weakest card, suffers accordingly. The 3 day Festival was something to be endured and embraced at the same time. No pacing oneself. Swept along by the madness of it all, there was no thought of hopping off the bandwagon for a day of rest in front of the TV. Our little world of horseracing evolves, as do other sports. The 4th day added for commercial reasons alone. No fault in that, save perhaps for the Cheltenham executive's insistence at the time of the change that this "is what we, the punter, wanted." Not necessarily true, but easier to say than "we are doing this purely to swell the coffers".....

I suppose the post-Friday Cheltenham was a miserable day to take on. Especially if, like me for years, one was getting onto a crowded tube to head to some godforsaken, faceless trading floor. No fun at all.....

Working a few yesterday morning. Breezing some of the 2-year-olds. Schooling Sinbad The Sailor ahead of Sandown tomorrow. Tony Culhane, annoyingly bronzed and well after a few weeks in India, in for 2 lots...

And then C and I to London. For lunch with Daniel and Paola Jefferies, and Larry Larg. To celebrate the recent successes of Jacks Revenge. The Ivy. Stuffed full of familiar faces and wannabe familiar faces. Martine McCutcheon. Andy Gray and Richard Keys. A newsreader or four. A 3rd XI footballer......

And then to Kempton. Stuffed full of nobody. Plus ca change.....

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