In between some soggy early-season events, Britain’s horsey set were thoroughly preoccupied with one thing last week: the Cheltenham Festival. National Hunt racing’s crown jewel, the Festival brings together the UK and Ireland’s finest runners, while punters bring forward their most ludicrous head-to-toe tweed outfits, and then madness ensues. It’s a smashing good time for everyone.
But where there’s racing, there are ex-racehorses, and as proud and unabashed OTTB fans, we’ve got to give a nod to the Thoroughbreds tackling second careers with aplomb. To our delight, Cheltenham – and the hard-working organisation Retraining of Racehorses – felt the same way. Meet Master Minded, a former Festival winner who made a long-awaited return to his happy hunting ground at this year’s festival. We love him already, and we’re pretty sure you will too.