Wednesday 16th March, 2023

Fighting Poet ran a wonderful second last night at Southwell in the mile and a half handicap.  The slow pace of the race would not have suited him, however he travelled well in behind the leaders before challenging in the final furlong beaten only a neck by the winner.

Hopefully he will continue to give the Richard Phillips Racing Syndicate some fun over the coming months and with luck, a win is not too far away.

As ever during Cheltenham week, it’s great to welcome so many visitors and meet up with so many owners at the Festival.

Yesterday’s racing was one of the greatest in the history of the jumps code.  As hoped, Constitution Hill proved he is on the way to racing martyrdom with a near effortless display in the Champion Hurdle.  The sporting atmosphere of the crowd proved that there is an insatiable appetite for seeing racehorses perform at their peak. Let us hope Constitution Hill stays safe and sound for the seasons ahead and continues to provide racing with a sporting star.

Constitution Hill’s victory was expected, however Honeysuckle’s victory was hoped for. The dual champion’s fighting win brought racing together at it’s very best.  Admiration and pride flowed along with many tear ducts as the mare under an inspired Rachel Blackmore, showed all the qualities necessary to enter the record books.

The mare finishes her career on an all-time high and at the same time gave the De Bromhead family a day never to be forgotten as thoughts for their son Jack were front of mind for everyone.

There has never been a more pleasing day for jump racing and it was one that will stay long in the memory as all supporters of the sport were united in their love for two exemplary racehorses that warm the hearts of all.