The wait is nearly over – it’s that time of the year when the bullshit has finally stopped, the Cheltenham preview nights have come to a close and we are a matter of days away from hearing the famous roar as the Supreme Novice Hurdlers set off on their quest for glory at the Cheltenham Festival 2017.
As I mentioned in my ante-post write up a few months ago, Thistlecracks’ opponents were “dropping like pigs in the midst of a swine flu epidemic” – sadly this epidemic turned out to be a pandemic. Thistlecrack himself was to be ruled out, as well as fellow past Cheltenham victors, Faugheen and Annie Power.
While the absentees take some of the gloss off the week itself, you wouldn’t cancel Christmas because Donner and Blitzen were ruled out of the sleigh drive. There are plenty of other past and future champions to whet the appetite and raise a glass to.
Join me here daily next week and we’ll teach the bookies a lesson they won’t forget.