The Flyer got stuck in to the nine race bonanza at Cheltenham yesterday. How poignant that his big winner of the day was the ill-fated Many Clouds - who has surely stitched his name into the rich tapestry of heroes of the National Hunt game.
12.35: Champers On Ice 1pt ew at 10/1: unplaced SP 5/1
1.10: Shantou Flyer 1pt ew at 13/2: 4th SP 6/1
1.45: Uxizandre 1pt win at 20/1: 2nd SP 12/1
2.15: Many Clouds 1pt ew at 13/2: WON, SP 8/1
2.50: Any Currency 1pt ew at 15/2: 3rd SP 14/1
3.25: Topofthegame 1pt ew at 6/1: 4th SP 11/2
4.00: West Approach 1pt ew at 16/1: 3rd SP 14/1
4.35: Max Do Brazil 1pt ew at 12/1: unplaced SP 9/2
Total stake = 15pts, Total Return 21.5pts
It was a good day but one that was so nearly so much more. We had two horses just one place from the money, Uxizandre was a runner up at a monster price - and even emphatically beating the market on Champers on Ice (10s in to 5s) and Max Do Brazil (12s in to 9/2) didn't bring any returns.