Friday’s racing has taken a real blow with the first day of Cheltenham’s much anticipated BetVictor meeting becoming the winter’s first major casualty due to a waterlogged track.
They still go over the jumps at Newcastle and Southwell, though, whilst a winter Friday night always means there’s action from Dundalk.
Most of the day’s best action has gone with the unfortunate abandonment of Cheltenham, but Newcastle’s novice chase is still a race worth noting, with first time out winners Simply The Betts and The King Of May clashing in a decent little contest.
Dundalk’s regular Friday night meeting will go ahead on the all-weather, where jumps fans may want to keep an eye on the 1m4f maiden, where John McConnell’s useful hurdler Hannon bids to make it third time lucky on the level.
In other racing news, all ownerships involving the under-investigation Supreme Racing Club syndicate, including last season’s highest rated staying chaser and preseason Gold Cup favourite Kemboy, have been voided by Horse Racing Ireland- meaning no horses registered to their name can run for the time being.
It remains to be seen as to what the short term future will hold for Kemboy, as well as other smart types such as Aramon and Cadmium, though it seems more likely than not that their next appearance on a racecourse will be in different colours, though as quick a resolution as possible to this would surely be welcome for all racing fans.
Cheltenham will also hold an inspection at 3 o’clock to judge the likelihood of Saturday’s meeting going ahead- fingers crossed the rain relents and we don’t lose another top day of action to the elements, though two of the races scheduled for Friday, the cross country chase and the Grade 2 Hyde Novices’ Hurdle, are due to be salvaged and ran later in the meeting if it can possibly go ahead.