TDN Weekend

February 2017

TDN Weekend December 2016 Issue 9

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al following in Britain and a potent breeding industry in France, the sport of steeplechas- ing barely exists in the rest of the world. And yes, even within those limits it is the Grand National that retains a unique hold on British popular culture. Moreover this meeting has only been going since 1911, and did not really begin to gain stature until after the war – in contrast with those iconic Flat fixtures that can trace their ancestry to Hanoverian times, or the Restoration, even to Tudor England. Yet the importance of the Cheltenham Festival to the jump racing community has so transcended its parish boundaries that these four heady days in March have unmistakably come to supplant much older, much broader traditions as a celebration of winter's defeat. Even on the Turf, the Lincoln meeting can no longer be said to end the hibernation of 57

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