The great thing about horse racing is I don't feel that level of expectation I used to with cycling. I have worked long and hard with my team of experts to prepare for today, but there are so many things that can happen in a race that you have to go in to it with an open mind and that for me takes the pressure off.
People who want to pay tribute to all the horses who have suffered and died in racing should stay away from tracks and betting shops. Forget the finish line - this deadly industry is all about the bottom line, and the horses are little more than disposable commodities to be dispatched behind the tarpaulin.
Picking out novice hurdlers is always fun, as typically they only raced in bumpers (flat races) last season, the form of which isn't guaranteed to translate to hurdles and eventually fences. This is where breeding comes in to play, i.e. some horses are bred to perform better on the flat, whilst others will only fulfil their potential when they tackle obstacles. So without further ado, let's crack on with the list...
We call on the UK Government to show leadership by recognising and acting upon the environmental, health and food security benefits of a move away from animal farming. With the CAP reform looming and many farmers ('dairy' farmers in particular) struggling to make ends meet, action plans should be developed for people wishing to switch from animal farming
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.