Rivalry between Britain and Ireland is a friendly one but there will be knock-on effects if the visitors dominate again
If any British racing fans had convinced themselves last year’s Cheltenham Festival was an aberration, that this year’s meeting might see British horses summoning up at least a little more resistance to their opponents from Ireland, then Saturday’s Imperial Cup result at Sandown was a shock to the system of ice-bucket challenge proportions.
On paper, it was one of the most tightly handicapped fields of the season: 21 runners from Britain against a sole challenger from Ireland – which proceeded to win with such ridiculous ease that another stone on its back would have made little difference. That it was called Suprise Package only added to the sense that Irish racing has started trolling its British counterpart.
Written by Greg Wood
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/mar/14/irish-on-course-for-another-greenwash-at-cheltenham-festival-horse-racing under the title “Irish trainers on course for another greenwash at Cheltenham Festival | Greg Wood”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.