Genius: Willie Mullins
And so to Fairyhouse, Aintree and Punchestown!
Ireland's horses, trainers and jockeys excelled themselves – again – at Cheltenham last week, winning 13 races out of the 27 at the Festival of National Hunt Racing.
Willie Mullins held the headlights with eight winners, but there was so much else to savour as other trainers produced their horses to do really well on the four biggest days of all.
Trainers such as Gordon Elliott, Henry de Bromhead and Tony Martin did really well and young Luke Dempsey, riding Mullins' last winner of the week in Killultagh Vic, marked himself out as a jockey to watch in coming years.
Apart from national pride, the Irish success at Cheltenham helps is so many other ways. More people will want to invest, as horse owners or sponsors, in a sport that is pushing ahead after the recession took a huge bite out of it.
And already the ticket sales for both Fairyhouse and Punchestown are shooting ahead as Mullins indicated that equine stars like Douvan, Faugheen and Annie Power would appear at Ireland's big jumps meetings before the end of the season.
People want to go and see these class horses and enjoy this Golden Era for Irish jump racing. Catch them if you can at Fairyhouse over Easter or Punchestown at the end of April.