Cheltenham Festival Quotes

“They are unpredictable – horses are like women.” Jimmy Pike, after his horse Kawagino had come in fifth at 100-1 in the Champion Hurdle on Tuesday and fourth (33-1) in the County Hurdle three days later.

“The race is not always to the swift, or the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet.” Damon Runyon

“It was awesome. And having watched the video, it was even more awesome.” Deman’s co-owner Harry Findlay ecstatic after his Novices’ Chase winner landed him one million pounds in winning bets.

“If you’re ever in trouble and need a winner, this horse has got the heart of a lion.” Legendary jockey Tony McCoy on the character of Wichita Lineman.

“Horses and jockeys mature earlier than people – which is why horses are admitted to race tracks at the age of two, and jockeys before they are old enough to shave.” Dick Deddoes

“I am delighted to get off the mark at the Festival. I was sick of being referred to as a Cheltenham virgin at preview evenings.” Tony Mullins finally wins a Cheltenham Festival trophy after Pedrobob wins the County Hurdle.

“Have you got any others?” Paul Nicholls’ typically sardonic Cheltenham Festival quote to Kauto Star’s French breeder.

“I know nothing about racing and any money I put on a horse is a sort of insurance policy to prevent it winning.” Frank Richardson

“I am lucky enough to be in a position to compare winning this race with winning the Champion Chase. I think I can safely say that I am fortunate enough to be riding the two best chasers in racing. He is some tool. He was running away all the time and he jumped brilliantly over the last three. He is only seven years old and full of scope – you only have to look at him.” Barry Geraghty on Kicking King’s Cheltenham Gold Cup win.

“The punters have fought back and their revenge has been vicious. Once the smoke clears, we’ll know who won the war but for now, Kauto Star is off our Christmas card list.” Cheltenham Festival quote from a bookie after punters won nearly five million pounds in the Gold Cup.

“I was driving on the motorway in Spain and after I had pulled over to the side it was two hours before I was able to manoeuvre the car back on to the road again.” Tom Clarkson’s reaction to Kicking King’s Cheltenham Gold Cup win.