William Kinsey owner of Peel Hall in Cheshire spoke to Merseysportlive about the Cheltenham Festival.

Kinsey is known for breeding, sourcing and producing star horses for the future. Yesterday one horse he owns Stormy Island finished fourth.

He said: “The ground was just a bit too quick for her which was ironic with heavy rain but she done really well.”

So far the conditions have caused issues for a lot of horses with Constitution Hill the horse in control.

“Horses are very ground dependent some suit hard ground, and some will thrive on softer ground. There was a couple of course records on the first day by Constitution Hill. Anyone who is doing more than him will have to do very well,” he said.

“There were probably a few people there yesterday fancying their chances, but it rained heavily yesterday.”

He looked ahead to today’s races eager to see some exciting horse’s race.

“I think today Allaho will take some beating, the first race is really key and probably one of the match bets of the week with Galopin Des Champs. That will be a very exciting race I think it is difficult to call that one.

“There’s also the novice hurdles today which will be a very interesting race. It is a big field and some good fillies in that race.”

Impervious a horse which he brought in as a foal is also racing toady.

“She is in the hurdles I bought he as a foal and sold her as a three-year-old so it would be great to have a big race today.”

Champion Hurdle 2014- Cheltenham (PHOTO: Carine06/Flickr/Creative Commons)
The Champion Hurdle, Cheltenham 2014 (PHOTO: Carine06/Flickr/Creative Commons)


The 2022 Gold Cup kicks off tomorrow which Kinsey believes will be one of the most exciting races.

“I think A Plus Tard will win the betting in the Gold Cup. Galvin is the one I will be siding with for the Gold Cup.”

Kinsey currently pre-trains horses in the hope one day the horses will race in the Cheltenham Festival.

“Most of the work is already done and it is just a case of keeping them in their routines with eating but you just try and keep everything very normal. Things like weather and conditions are then out of your control.”

Tiger Roll

Cross Country Chase, Cheltenham 2010 (PHOTO: Carine06/Flickr/Creative Commons)
Cross Country Chase, Cheltenham 2010 (PHOTO: Carine06/Flickr/Creative Commons)

Yesterday saw the end of the road for five-time Cheltenham champion Tiger Roll who came second in the Cross Country Chase.

“I thought it was brilliant obviously everyone wanted to see him win but he just got beaten by a horse a few years younger than him,” Kinsey said.

“To go out battling down to the winners enclosure along with the winner it did a lot of good for the sport.

“I thought it was an absolute amazing effort.”

Racing gets underway at 1:30pm today.