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The lure of a Cheltenham winner is immense, the thrill of winning the National Hunt Steeple Chase on Rathvinden in 2018 is a reminder of how rare good Festival opportunities are

The lure of a Cheltenham winner is immense, the thrill of winning the National Hunt Steeple Chase on Rathvinden in 2018 is a reminder of how rare good Festival opportunities are

The lure of a Cheltenham winner is immense, the thrill of winning the National Hunt Steeple Chase on Rathvinden in 2018 is a reminder of how rare good Festival opportunities are

If you don’t try, you don’t know. Next month I was due to throw my leg over two favourites at the Cheltenham Festival, a four-time Grade 1 winner in the Champion Hurdle, as well as a Cheltenham specialist in the Ryanair. Not a book of rides that comes around in most jockey’s career.

Then, probably most importantly, imagine that, due to the nature of the game, Paul Townend is unavailable for Chacun Pour Soi, Monkfish and/or Al Boum Photo. You begin to understand why I felt I didn’t want to be in Cheltenham. I needed to be.


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