Saturday was a great day of racing.
When people ask why I would rather watch racing than football these days I would point them towards the spectacular and memorable racing witnessed by punters today.
At Sandown, where Sprinter Sacre proved to all that he is as good a horse as I have long been saying he was.
Winning the Tingle Creek at Sandown with consummate ease. Now best price 4-7 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham next March. You may as well get your money down now.
Sprinter Sacre was one of four winners for trainer Nicky Henderson today. Members of my selections service were advised to consider a Henderson hat trick of winners which, at SP prices, paid out at accumulative odds exceeding 3-1.
There were some thrilling finishes to racing today.
Including the uplifting victory by Hello Bud, a horse that will be 15 years of age next month. Hello Bud was one of three winners on the day for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and his young son, the talented jockey Sam. I remember Sam as a boy running up and down racecourses when the family had winners in years gone by.
Sam Twiston-Davies was 6 years of age when Hello Bud was born. Today the pair combined with a show of gritty determination at Aintree (as photographed above by Paul Ostermeyer). They won the BetFred Becher Handicap Chase at odds of 14-1. Sam spoke emotionally afterwards of his love for Hello Bud and how he was screaming at his horse to keep going to the line as opponent Join Together produced a storming finish.
Sam went on to ride another gutsy family favourite to victory. Little Josh won the Grand Sefton Handicap. In all the Twiston Davies family had three winners on the day after Master of the Sea won an earlier race at the Liverpool course.
So a great day at the races for certain trainers, jockeys and horses.
But, above all, a reminder of why those of us who watch racing love the sport as we do.
Today was jumps racing at its most exciting.
And it’s only December!