The first few times I rode at Towcester I thought that, had I not been in front, I was going too slow to jump the last. It can’t be true, obviously, but it does seem to be uphill all the way around. Despite the fact it’s a stiff track, though, it’s not easy to ride a waiting race, because that means you need to be making ground while you’re climbing. And that’s hard. If you do manage to get back to one who’s established a lead and it kicks again, then you’re in trouble. On heavy ground, the fences ride big too.