A year ago to the day, I wrote on this blog:
It was a privilege to be at Cheltenham racecourse today to witness the stirring victory of 'Spotthedifference', Enda Bolger's cross-country specialist in the Sporting Index Chase. It's the fourth successive time the twelve-year old has won over the cross-country course at Prestbury Park and all those who knock such races as not being 'proper' racing should have witnessed the reception the old boy got as he was led into the winners enclosure.
Well, today Enda Bolger's incredible horse registered his FIFTH win over the cross-country course, just over one month away from his fourteenth birthday. And once again, all those who knock such races as not being 'proper' racing should have been at Cheltenham to witness the reception this sporting superstar got when being led back into the winners enclosure. There was however, a sad postcript to the race. Enda Bolger's other runner, Bualites and Fadas, dropped dead after finishing a gallant third. And earlier in the day War General, running in the same colours as Gold Cup winner War of Attrition, suffered a fatal heart attack after finishing second in the novices' hurdle. Jump racing can provide us with unforgettable moments of equine and human bravery and skill. But it can also provide us with scenes of tragedy. Never was that so amply illustrated than at Cheltenham today.