The challenges of being a Trainer (Cheltenham Festival)

If you asked the typical punter which event they most looking forward to in the racing calendar, you’d most likely be told either the Grand National or the Cheltenham Festival. Granted as a one off race the National has massive worldwide appeal (and I’m sure we all get involved in the office sweepstakes etc), but as a four day feast of top class racing the Cheltenham Festival has much going for it too.

Taking place this year from the 15th to 18th March The Cheltenham Festival is a golden opportunity to watch the best owners, trainers, jockeys and horses come together in a bid to put their stamp on an event that’s steeped in history. This year there is a really upbeat feel to the Festival along with a bustling crowd, due to the lifting of all Covid restrictions across the country. It’s a chance to soap in a top sporting event, and to have a punt, whether on course or watching the coverage from home. The racing public simply can’t wait for the ‘Cheltenham Roar’ to sound and the top class racing to begin.

To gear up to the Cheltenham Festival Betway decided to get together two well known figures in the world of trainers (one from the Premier League and another racing) to discuss the ins and outs of the role, how to maintain a successful career and how to get the best out of those you’re training (whether horse or human!). Of course there are plenty of differences between the two sports but without a doubt, on the mental side (determination etc) as well as the processes in place and expectations within the sport there are plenty of commonalities too. Once you’ve watched this entertaining exchange why not check out the betting odds for some of your favourite Cheltenham selections and have something to cheer on, during this unmissable Festival! Good luck!

2019 Masters Champion: Tiger Woods (VIDEO)

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Tiger Woods’ Fifth Green Jacket 2019

Tiger Woods' Fifth Green Jacket 2019 In April, 2019, Tiger Woods completed what was hailed as the ‘comeback of the decade’ when winning the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Club for the fifth time and his fifteenth major championship in all. Woods, 43, had not won the Masters since 2005 or a major championship, of any description, since the US Open in 2008.

Indeed, in recent years, Woods has been plagued by back problems, which eventually resulted in spinal fusion surgery in April, 2017. However, two years later his recovery appeared complete, as he came from two strokes behind 54-hole leader Francesco Molinari – the first time he had done so in a major championship – to win by a single shot. Molinari found Rae’s Creek with his tee shot on the famous twelfth hole and compounded the error by finding water again on the fifteenth; he eventually dropped away to finish joint-fifth after a final round of 74.

Woods, meanwhile, was on the way to a two-under-par 70, which took his 72-hole total to -13 and a one-shot victory over compatriots Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka. In fact, Woods had the luxury of being able to make a bogey on the final hole, which he did, after apparently fluffing his second shot, but a safe two-putt from 14 or 15 feet sealed a momentous victory. His first major championship win for 11 years leaves Woods just one behing Jack Nicklaus’ record of six Masters Tournament victories.

Oh So Sharp Wins Fillies’ Triple Crown 1985

Oh So Sharp Wins Fillies' Triple Crown 1985 The Fillies’ Triple Crown consists of the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and St. Leger and, since World War II, has been won by just two fillies, Meld in 1955 and Oh So Sharp in 1985. Owned by Sheikh Mohammed, in whose famous maroon and white silks she raced, and trained by Henry Cecil, Oh So Sharp was hailed by jockey Steve Cauthen as ‘the best filly I rode’.

Having made a winning reappearance in the Nell Gwyn Stakes, Oh So Sharp was sent off 2/1 favourite ffor what turned out to be an epic renewal of the 1,000 Guineas. On the descent into the Dip on the Rowley Mile, victory looked unlikely but, galvanised in the closing stages, Oh So Sharp joined, and passed, leaders Bella Colora and Al Bahatri in the shadow of the post to win by a short head.

By contrast, the Oaks proved to be a much more straightfoward affair. Sent off 6/4 favourite on her favoured soft going, Oh So Sharp tackled the leader, Triptych, inside the final quarter-of-a-mile and displayed an impressive turn of foot to draw clear in the closing stages and win, comfortably, by six lengths. Cauthen later said, ‘She just raced for fun on ground that suited her.’

Oh So Sharp was subequently beaten, albeit not far, at odds-on in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and the Benson & Hedges Gold Cup at York. Nevertheless, she was sent off 8/11 favourite for the St. Leger at Doncaster and, although only workman-like, managed to hold on to beat Phardante and Lanfranco by three-quarters of a length and a head.