• Fine Brunello (2nd)

    Fine Brunello – Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle

    JP McManus’ French recruit has run just twice in the UK and Ireland since his move, but they have been two eye-catching runs against some promising opposition. On his first start in Ireland, he finished fourth to subsequent winner Band Of Outlaws at Limerick at Christmas and followed this up with a second placed finish in the Grade 2 JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham in January. That second was behind Fakir D’oudairies who was subsequently purchased by JP McManus and is likely to go to the Supreme, and although Fine Brunello may not be at the top of Joseph O’Brien’s juveniles, he can go well in the Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle.

  • Relegate – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

    The 2018 Cheltenham Champion Bumper winner’s form has been hit-and-miss so far this season but she has shown promise in her three starts this season and clearly handles the Prestbury track. Fifth at the Dublin Racing Festival, the six-year-old mare made a few mistakes racing in-rear throughout but stayed on strongly in what was a competitive contest. If she can get back to her form of last season, she could be in with a big chance in the Albert Bartlett.

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    Relegate
  • Discorama

    Discorama – National Hunt Chase

    Second at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, Discorama has raced against some high-quality opposition this season and has shown plenty of promise. A winner first time out this season at Naas, he finished fifth behind subsequent winners Delta Work and Le Richebourg in the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse. He fell last time out when going well at Naas in a race won by Ballyward and Paul Nolan may just have a live Cheltenham candidate on his hands.

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  • Saldier – Unibet Champion Hurdle

    Although a faller on his only start this season, Willie Mullins’ Saldier may be one with an outside chance in an open looking Champion Hurdle. Saldier was fifth in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham last season before an impressive success at the Punchestown Festival. On his seasonal return, he was travelling well to the last, head-to-head with Espoir D’Allen, when taking a crashing fall at Naas but if that hasn’t left any marks, the five-year-old has a chance.

    Saldier
  • Uradel

    Uradel – Coral Cup/County Hurdle/Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle

    Uradel gave jockey Aubrey McMahon his second-successive Connacht Hotel Amateur Riders Handicap success on the flat at Galway during the summer before finishing second in the Cesarewitch Stakes at Newmarket, and the switch back to hurdles led to a promising run in the competitive Ladbrokes Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival. He raced in the middle of the pack throughout that race and was tight for space turning in before finishing strongly into fifth. The Coral Cup looks the likely target for Willie Mullins’ charge, but he may show up in any of the handicap hurdles.

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  • Hardline – JLT Novices Chase

    Gordon Elliot’s Hardline disappointed with his run at the Dublin Racing Festival but his form prior to that was encouraging and he’s likely to go for the JLT Novices Chase on day three of the Cheltenham Festival. Rated 140 over hurdles last season, his switch to fences has been impressive with three wins from his first four outings, including defeating Getabird and subsequent winner Riders Onthe Storm in Limerick at Christmas. At Leopardstown, he made mistakes early on and was detached going down the back straight but recovered well and finished strongly into third after cleaning up his jumping. If the ground were to turn up soft, he could be in with a shout.

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    Hardline
  • Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf – Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle

    A winner of a Punchestown Festival bumper, Joseph O’Brien’s Lone Wolf is a likely candidate for the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle on day four of the Cheltenham Festival. He returned this season with a Fairyhouse maiden win and was subsequently fifth behind the well-touted Battleoverdoyen in a Grade 1 at Naas in January. While he’s unlikely to be of the required standard to compete in one of the novice affairs, he should go well in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle.

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  • Champagne Classic – RSA Chase

    2017 Cheltenham Festival winner Champagne Classic returned from a 641-day absence to finish third in a Grade 3 in Naas in January and may be capable of going close in the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase. In his last start before that absence, Champagne Classic won a Grade 1 Novice Hurdle at the 2017 Punchestown Festival beating Penhill, Monalee, Al Boum Photo and Presenting Percy, so the class is clearly there. Whether he has retained that level of ability is unknown, but it will certainly be interesting to see how the eight-year-old fares in his return to Cheltenham

    Champagne Classic
  • Articulum

    Articulum – Racing Post Arkle Chase

    Terence O’Brien’s nine-year-old isn’t your typical Arkle prospect but he’s shown some good form in his two outings over fences this season and may be capable of stepping up at Cheltenham. Rated 132 over hurdles, he has suffered an extremely interrupted career so far, missing 571 days of action after his Punchestown Festival bumper run in 2016. He returned to a solid hurdles campaign last season but his switch to fences this season has shown him in a new light. Second to top-prospect Getabird on jumps debut, he was a 7½-length winner at Naas in January and a soft-ground Arkle would give him an outside chance.

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  • Sinoria – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

    Henry de Bromhead already has the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle favorite in Honeysuckle but Sinoria, the Down Royal and Punchestown winner, may force de Bromhead and owner Kenneth Alexander, who owns both mares, to reshuffle their deck. Honeysuckle’s impressive wins so far have indicated that she may appreciate the setup to 2m4f in the Ballymore Novice Hurdle on day two, and if Sinoria was to become de Bromhead’s number one choice, she’d have a very strong chance in a very open race at this stage

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    Sinoria
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