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Cheltenham will rename its least expensive enclosure "The
Best Mate" from the start of next season as a tribute
to the triple winner of the totesport Cheltenham Betting Gold Cup.
Brewers Courage had previously sponsored this enclosure
under the titles of Fosters and Courage. The £3.5
million redevelopment of the enclosure was opened last week,
featuring the Dawn Run and Desert Orchid Grandstands with
the capacity increased to 12,500.
Cheltenham's Managing Director, Edward Gillespie, announced
the Racecourse Board's decision today: "We feel it
is wholly appropriate to commemorate Best Mate's achievement
with the renaming of this popular enclosure directly opposite
the main stands. Customers are more than welcome to check
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the 2008 Festival.
"Make no mistake, this third Gold Cup win is equivalent
for our sport of England winning the World Cup would be
for football. We no longer have to look back to 1966 when
Arkle won for the third time. Jump racing is enjoying a
golden age and contenders for greatness will in future be
compared with Best Mate."
Jim Lewis, owner of Best Mate, expressed his delight at
the decision: "A truly wonderful tribute to a very
Cheltenham Festival Free Bets
a) Its probably best not to pin your hopes on one piece
of form, as a two year old, some 2 years ago when trying to
find the winner of the Wokingham ?
b) When discussing the going needs of a particular horse its
more important to look at what the parents offspring have
favoured, rather than what going the parents themselves
c) Its probably best to assume the (very good) trainer knows
a tad more about his horses than you do and the fact that
the horse has been almost exclusively campaigned on softish
going, venturing abroard in his search, would seem to suggest
that he indeed does require softish conditions ??
The form was to highlight it can run well on good to firm, any of its group runs is good enough to win the
Wokingham, there's probably only 2 runs that don't - so pick
any of them to pin hopes on. Paul Nicholls tried to run
on soft thinking it wouldn't like good - when
you've got 300 horses in training and are very busy and rich
- you don't sit at computer looking into minute detail of all
your horses - Ted Durcan said it after 1 run and since then
that's it - but it doesn't mean he's right .
First of all, most 2 year olds will go on fast ground ONCE
but if they don't like it then they will not produce the
same level of performance again on it (basic beginners
The very fact that the horse hasn't been asked to race on
ground faster than good (good once at the Curragh, good/soft
or slower other times) in 12 subsequent runs since Ascot
seems to suggest you are wrong about him.
It doesn't matter one jot what his parents liked, or for
that matter what his siblings like ,the only thing that
matters is what THIS horse likes. Have you not considered
that the horse may have a physical reason why he is kept
away from fast ground? It doesn't have to have anything to
do with his breeding, he may for example have brittle feet ?.
Anyway, with a massive negative regarding the going, no
knowledge of the draw, worries that he's not a proper 6f
horse added to the fact that he's also fully exposed ,i
would think he would be easy to pass over at this stage.