YOU have to give credit to all concerned for a fantastic day at Fairyhouse on Monday. The weather played it's part with lovely sunshine gracing the clouds on Monday morning and for most of the day. Few of the 16,523 that were in attendance could have any gripes about the afternoon AND there was a winning favourite of the National, so plenty went home with bulging pockets.
There would have to be a question mark over having the National at 5pm however, on a day when it can clash with little else. The logic behind having a late start to the Punchestown Festival next week is clear and a great idea but not having the National until 5pm is less obvious.
Ted Walsh also questioned having a Point-to-Point bumper on before the National which meant that RTé were off-air for the Grade Three Mares Chase and although the bumper is a valuable one that throws up good horses, you'd have to agree with Walsh.
The racing media do like to promote the sport though and do the best we can to report every angle but at Fairyhouse that is increasingly difficult. RTé have first call on the winning connections and that's fine as they are not on air long after the National but there was a 40-minute gap before the National and only a 35 minute gap between races after the National.