Variety adds to the reasons to celebrate the Cheltenham Festival

Tom Peacock takes a look at the week's bloodstock stories

Honeysuckle returned to memorable scenes at Cheltenham on Tuesday
Honeysuckle returned to memorable scenes at Cheltenham on TuesdayCredit: Patrick McCann

It did feel as if all racing’s troubles were brushed to one side during that glorious spell on Tuesday afternoon.

There will be plenty more stars in the ascendancy and captivating finishes through the coming months, but Constitution Hill taking another effortless step towards fulfilling true greatness and Honeysuckle seeming to cock an adversarial eye towards Love Envoi before walking back to lusty acclaim and a poignant and heartfelt reception for her trainer Henry de Bromhead will surely stand up to scrutiny against the best moments of the year that any sport can proffer, not just this one.

There’s just something about Cheltenham that’s different, it just matters that bit more. The atmosphere was back to being a bit more like the convivial type of the old days, even if issues remain. I heard fewer Irish voices aside from those with a professional involvement, and the price of entrance and local accommodation, in particular, must be having an effect on that score, but anyone lucky enough to have been there will remember it for a long time.

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Tom PeacockBloodstock features writer
Published on 18 March 2023Last updated 16:25, 18 March 2023