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The thrill of the steeplechase - Robert Bathurst

Pursuits | By Robert Bathurst

Bathurst’s favourite: Barry Geraghty on Moscow Flyer, Cheltenham, 2002

Jumping over the sticks is often regarded with disdain by its richer, flat-racing cousin, but it is closer to real life where chance has the upper hand

The jumps season will soon be getting properly under way. Fixtures are scheduled all year, but it’s in September that the higher-quality runners restart their training, fans of the jumps pore over lists of horses to follow and trainers get to polish their artful, non-committal, gnomic pronouncements. ...


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