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They were all winners at Cheltenham, first past the post in the supreme idiots' hurdle

Tommy Conlon



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Racegoers arriving during day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photo: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Racegoers arriving during day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photo: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

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Racegoers arriving during day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photo: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

As the world of sport came grinding to a halt day-by-day last week, the festival of paddywhackery that is Cheltenham in March continued on its merry way - and wouldn't you just know it.

People all over the planet are falling sick, but in the parallel universe that is horse racing, they decided to keep fiddling while Rome was burning.

If any industry would be capable of saying 'Let them eat cake', it is this upstairs-downstairs demesne of money and manure. Like children who couldn't bear to have Christmas cancelled, they insisted on having their pleasure at all costs, except that these children are supposed to be adults.