The Jockey Club South West Kalendar Magazine 2019-20

the showcase 25th – 26th October

“Ruby Walsh told me not to be scared of trying Diakali over fences ” Gary Moore The Matchbook Time To Move Over Novices’ Chase saw Cheltenham favourite Lil Rockerfeller continue his winning form over fences in fine style as he finished clear of the field, giving trainer Neil King his first Cheltenham success. King commented: “He is our stable star and he doesn’t let us down.” Diakali justified favouritism for father and son team Gary and Josh Moore. The 9/4 favourite finished nine lengths clear of second placed Sister Sibly in the Novices’ Chase. Sussex-based trainer Gary said: “Ruby Walsh told me not to be scared of trying Diakali over fences and the first time we did it he frightened the life out of me and I nearly didn’t do it again. Coming

the famous roar warming the hearts on a misty autumnal day to an atmosphere like no other, we begin to get a feel for what is to come. The two days are action-packed and set the scene for the 14 Cheltenham racedays that follow. The 2018 Showcase welcomed around 30,000 racegoers through the gates as the opening meeting of the season hosted two days of quality action, both on and off the track. The opening meeting saw a number of stars begin their campaigns at Prestbury Park, including Sky Bet Supreme Hurdle contender Elixir De Nutz, who finished a promising second to Thomas Darby in the Foundation Developments Ltd Maiden Hurdle. The Colin Tizzard- trained horse went on to improve on his runner-up position, winning his next three starts over hurdles and positioning him as one of the leading chances in the opening race of The Festival ™ presented by Magners in 2019. In a late blow for the Tizzard team, the five-year-old was lame so did not make it to the course in March. However, he’s very much a horse to keep an eye on for the future.

up the second time, he was dynamite – he just loves to jump and really enjoys it. It is his jumping that takes other horses out of their comfort zone. He’s not a fast horse but, because he jumps so quickly, he gains ground at his fences.” Off the course, the great Willie Mullins was inducted into the Hall of Fame. The most successful trainer at The Cheltenham Festival went on to have a tremendous season, finally getting his hands on the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup for the first time, courtesy of Al Boum Photo and jockey Paul Townend. As well as quality action on the track, racegoers can indulge themselves in all that our sport has to offer with a huge variety of ‘Showcase’ activities happening

around the racecourse throughout Saturday. Find out more on our website.

THE EVENT The Showcase Friday October 25th/ Saturday October 26th 2019


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On the day £30

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Diakali on his way to victory

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