This week marks the annual Cheltenham Festival meeting which will run from Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th March. It is one of ’the’ National racing calendar events of the year, where many of the best and rarist British and Irish trained horses race, with race prize money second only to the Grand National.
Bobby Hall, Partner at The Buying Solution speaks with his friend and acclaimed trainer, Warren Greatrex, for his insights on the festival.
- What stands out for you about the Cheltenham Festival?
In National Hunt Racing, it is the equivalent of the Olympics for Human Athletes. Every owner, trainer and jockey wants to have winners there and the whole experience is something to behold.
- How and when do you prepare for Cheltenham Festival?
The key is to find out if they are good enough over the months before, but I find it important that they have a nice little break before their big race.
- Where do you tend to find or buy your horses?
The majority of my horses are bought by my wife Tessa, who works for Highflyer Bloodstock; where David Minton and Anthony Bromley are also part of the team and have been buying top class horses for many, many years.
- How do you decide which horse will race?
You will start off with a horse at the beginning of the season and work out if it is good enough to be able to compete, and then aim them at a race which is suitable for them.
- Which has been your most successful meeting to date?
I have managed to have 2 winners at the Cheltenham Festival, but I would have to say my first winner Cole Harden who won the 2015 World Hurdle (which is the Championship Race for 3 mile Hurdlers) would have to be my greatest achievement in my career so far.
- Which horses do you feel will do well?
All of mine going there this year will have chances, but if I had to pin it to two, Theatre Territory in the Kim Muir, and Western Ryder in the County Hurdle would be my best chances.