The countdown to The Cheltenham Festival continues with the latest episode of The Jumps Racing Podcast and it is a corker!
The lads are joined by top national hunt trainer Neil Mulholland and it is fair to say that it has been an eventful week at his Conkwell Grange yard, where they were celebrating a winner last Saturday when Impulsive Star returned an 8/1 winner of the Classic Chase at Warwick. Neil also recalls fond memories of the "irreplaceable" Midnight Chase, who sadly passed away, and gives his thoughts on the recently retired The Druids Nephew.
The pod also look at events in the world of racing from the past week, which saw Top Notch live up to his name and state his claims for the Ryanair Chase with victory at Kempton, while his stablemate Ok Corral is now 3/1 favourite for the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham after winning at Warwick.
Gordon Elliott's Felix Desjy landed the big race in Ireland - the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle - on Sunday and that victory has raised a few questions about the state of the novice hurdling division in Ireland. Willie Mullins' runners in that sphere have struggled for form so far and the pod wonder whether his hand isn't quite so strong ahead of the Supreme Novices Hurdle in March.
The A-to-Z series of cult racing heroes continues with a look at a wonderful mare that won seven times at Cheltenham without ever tasting success at the Festival...
Finally, the lads preview an intriguing weekend of racing as Altior and Un De Sceaux could go head-to-head in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday. There are only four runners entered at this stage though, leading to some on social media to ask 'what's the point?'. Others are just happy to treasure the opportunity to see Altior in action. The pod discuss the relative merits of the Clarence House Chase and plenty more in the pod - it's well worth a listen!