It’s fair to say that the 2019 Cheltenham Festival is still a long way off with plenty of top class racing to take place between now and then. But it is only common sense to presume that the Irish trained horses will be back to plunder rich pickings again. Irish trained horses, jockeys and trainers have been dominant at Cheltenham in recent years although two of the biggest races — The Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup — were won by British trained horses in 2018.
Gordon Elliott was not keen on running Grand National winner Tiger Roll with top weight for a second time this season and will look for a more conventional next outing.
Willie Mullins has raised the possibility of Laurina taking on Buveur D’Air in the Unibet Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park.
On a day when punters were generally in the ascendancy Final List went in at odds of 1/3 in the concluding Ring In The New Year On Jan 1st At Tramore (Ladies Pro/Am) INH Flat Race.