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Cheltenham Festival: A special day

The media man inside me has special reason to be happy about the main results on Day 2- a day notable for a queue of Willie Mullins fans outside the on course chemist looking to cure their first night excesses.

In this job you meet many people as you beg for their time and it gives you extra pleasure when they hit the bulls eye. Barry Geraghty could not have been more helpful and accommodating in the build up to four frantic days, nor could father and son Willie and Patrick Mullins- the same applies every time with Sam Twiston-Davies.

Throw into the mix Jim Cullotty, only to happy to share his views on Lord Windermere in the build up to a successful RSA during my recent sortie behind enemy lines to Ireland and it was one satisfying day.

Radio, though can hardly do justice to the majesty of a steeple chasing superstar that graced Cheltenham- how lucky I am to have my flight tickets booked for Punchestown, which knows how to look after its visitors, where he is likely to appear next in the second half of April.

And Radio also struggled to portray the sense of disbelief amongst the thousands of terrific Irish pilgrims here as Ireland’s Dynamic duo, Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh won the bumper, the finale at 25-1!!

Stunned silence hardly does it justice.

Day 3 has a lot to live up to- but first to navigate Night 2!

Mike ‘Keep your halo straight’ Vince