The odds on lightening actually striking twice are supposed to be a million to one. Bookmakers are going to be much more miserly about Henry De Bromhead’s chances of doing something similar at Cheltenham next week.
So much of last year’s festival revolved around those pioneering exploits of Rachael Blackmore that it got comparatively overlooked how the trainer with the distinctive Norman name rewrote the history books.
No one, no O’Brien, Dreaper or Mullins, had ever before in a single week saddled all three winners of Cheltenham’s ‘Triple Crown’ feature races.
But the peerless Honeysuckle’s Champion Hurdle victory teed up Put The Kettle On in the Champion Chase before Minella Indo led home his stable companion A Plus Tard in the Gold Cup.
Throw in three other winners, including the outstanding novice, B …