The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the Blue Riband of the Festival and the highlight of the final day of Cheltenham 2013; eleven go to post in what promises to be a cracking race with the dual King George winner and 2011 Gold Cup hero Long Run only fourth favourite behind the Cheltenham specialists Bobs Worth and Sir Des Champs and the unexposed Silviniaco Conti.
Three horses died in the opening hours of the Cheltenham Festival, and more are sure to follow. How many horses must perish before horse-racing is put out to pasture once and for all? More than 400 horses die in racing in the UK every year. Surely we have evolved enough to recognise that horses shouldn't have to suffer and pay with their lives so people can win a few quid.