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My stand out memory of the Cheltenham Festival

16th March 2014
Yet again we have witnessed an incredible 4 days at last week’s Cheltenham Festival. Given stunning weather, the punters were out in force and yes it was just as difficult as ever to find any winners.

The blue riband Gold Cup saw an incredible finish and we were treated on TV to an amazing insight to a steward’s inquiry with the 3 jockeys of the main protagonists passionately putting their case forward to claim the prize.

But for me the Queen Mother Champion Chase victory by the brilliant Sire de Grugy was the stand out moment of the festival. The horse jumped every rival into the ground but the highlight was the reception that jockey Jamie Moore received from his peers as the horse was led into the winning enclosure.

To see all those professionals lined up to form a guard of honour for one of the most popular members of the weighing room was simply superb. Jamie, riding for his father Gary and the down to earth owners the Preston family, must have felt 10 feet tall to receive that spur of the moment accolade.

Great stuff from some of the toughest characters in sport, just a shame that he was wearing Crystal Palace silks!

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