After a very busy week at the Dublin racing festival it was great to catch up with Mick, he was sad not to see WESTEND STORY run on Saturday but you have to do what is right for the horse.
On reflection of the Dublin Racing Festival, Mick thinks it’s the best idea they have ever had. We agreed it was great to see so many good horses running with some top quality races, hopefully after the huge success of this year we can hope to see more English horses head over in future. He said that whatever anyone thinks, jumps racing is so dependent on results at the Cheltenham Festival, so it will take a lot for English trainers to head over with the risk of travelling badly and sickness, and then only having a five week turn around for the festival, it’s a big ask and not to mention they will be on the home turf of the Irish. The likes of Mullins and Elliot run here week in week out, but hopefully after such a successful weekend it will be an even bigger event next year. He did mention that although the trainers hadn’t made the trip, many UK based spectators had, I also saw many of my friends heading over and why not. The course is perfectly located close to Dublin and makes for a fantastic weekend, so it was great to see the UK support for their first year.
Mick had spent Saturday at Sandown and was so delighted for Paul Nicholls winning the Betfred Hurdle, he said TOPOFTHEGAME is a progressive horse and is only just a baby so thinks he has even more to show us.
As for this week Mick has the lurgy (man flu) so is resting up. He had planned to attend Fakenham which he was telling me is one of his favourite tracks. He described the track as just having a feel good factor about it, and is similar to a point-to-point. For any first time racegoer this is where Mick would recommend going,
Mick is hoping to get better for the weekend as it’s a massive weekend for him, this weekend is of course the Newbury Betfair Super Saturday, this is his home track and a personal highlight of the season. Mick has won the Betfair hurdle a few times and his old boss, Nicky Henderson, will be throwing a few darts at the board for the race, with JENKINS and CHARLIE PARCS, and these are just two of his potential runners. Nicky will of course also be running ALTIOR and all eyes will be on him, Mick seemed very confident in his chances and I think we would all like to see him win.
We hope Mick feels better and look forward to watching him on Saturday at Newbury.