Well today would have seen races at Newbury, the Betfair Hurdle, the Denman Chase and the Game Spirit (Betfair Exchange) Chase will all be sadly missed being good indicators of what may go on at the Cheltenham Festival.
Native River won in the Denman before going on to win the Gold Cup, Altior won the Betfair Exchange for the last two years before going on to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase last year and the Arkle the year before that.
So we shall miss some of the good indicators of who to look out for at the Cheltenham Festival. I guess we may see a plethora of late entries for next weeks Ascot races, assuming the racing is back on. One would hate to think of what may happen if the ban continues into and beyond the Cheltenham Festival.
Anyway, Irish racing is on, Baz will have a look at a few races. I have no historical stats so will be relying on Baz to help fund my weekend.