Lucky number three… or perhaps not so lucky, as a blanket of fog covered Cheltenham Racecourse early in the morning, making the spectator sport, less of a spectator sport and more of a speculator sport! As the thick grey mist began to lift… the course took shape, with white Duralock fencing protruding through the fog. And then, the roar!
Early in the day, during the opening race, Taquin de Seuill took the lead in order to land AP McCoy a win. The jockey’s performance was admirable considering the pain he was in from a previous fall in the Final Hurdle Race on Wednesday when his mount was brought down. Despite being on painkillers, the jockey was in obvious pain as he dismounted Taquin de Seuill, moving slowly in the paddock.
The World Hurdle was the debated and much-anticipated race of the day with Big Bucks and Annie Power taking over our Twitter feed in the Battle for the Best. However, Big Bucks fans were to be disappointed as More Of That took the title, with Annie Power coming in second.
Almost immediately after the loss for Big Bucks, trainer Paul Nicholl’s made the announcement that he had ran his last race and was to be retired. So here’s to hoping for a happy retirement for Big Bucks!