Monday 18 December 2017

Free cheers for Harry as de Bromhead the toast of Wales

Cheltenham Diary

Marcus Armytage

Former trainer Harry de Bromhead was the toast of Wales on Tuesday. On the way to Cheltenham from Ireland to see Sizing Europe, trained by his son Henry, triumph in yesterday's Champion Chase he stopped off at a Welsh pub.

When Sizing Australia won the Glenfarclas Cross-Country, De Bromhead Snr bought the whole pub a round.

"If paying for that didn't kill him nothing will," said his sympathetic son.

Hoorah Henry

Henry Cecil, the 10-times British champion Flat trainer, breaks two notable habits of a lifetime today.

He pays his first visit to the Cheltenham Festival, as guest of honour, and saddles his first domestic runner before Newmarket's Craven meeting.

Cecil, who has won 24 British Classics, hopes to add another to the collection when Plato lines up for today's seventh race, the St Patrick's Day Derby, an event in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Gallops watchers say the horse, which will be ridden by Lorna Fowler, will be fit enough to give Cecil the first leg of the spring treble; the St Patrick's Day Derby with Plato, the Dubai World Cup with Twice Over and the 2,000 Guineas with Frankel.

'Channel 4' Racing presenter Alice Plunkett will ride Alan King's Devil To Pay. She has already won one race, to raise the most money, by collecting a staggering £27,000. Dubliner Rachel Wyse -- frequently seen on our screens presenting Sky Sports News -- has the leg-up on the Jonjo O'Neill-trained outsider Silent Jo.

Counting the cost

Executives at Racing UK had a late night on Tuesday.

They were working out the cost of their promotion that had offered to refund all new first-time subscriptions paid for between the start of March and midday on Tuesday if Ruby Walsh finished top jockey on the opening day of the Festival.

It was no contest.

The final figure is around £100,000, which is peanuts compared to a similar promotion when Frankie Dettori won the Derby on Authorized -- that cost the firm £800,000. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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