Two runners for big sponsors

  • Last Updated: December 10 2012, 17:45 GMT

The Stewart family are set to be double-handed at Cheltenham on Saturday in a race very close to their hearts.

Ghizao: One of two intended runners for the sponsors

They sponsor the Paul Stewart IronSpine Charity Challenge Gold Cup and both Ghizao, part-owned by David Johnson, and Tatenen are intended runners.

Ghizao, a Grade Two winner over fences at Cheltenham, was sixth in this race 12 months ago and returned to action with a facile victory in a graduation chase at Kempton.

He then finished third in the Grade Two Amlin 1965 Chase at Ascot on November 24.

Andy Stewart confirmed: "Ghizao is very difficult to place off 155 and we were thinking of going to the Peterborough Chase with him but (co-owner) David Johnson and myself thought it would be better to go to Cheltenham.

"He ran well in a good race last time and has come on for that. He was a superb novice who lost his way a little bit but let's see if we can get him back on track."

Tatenen was one place behind Ghizao in last year's Paul Stewart IronSpine Charity Challenge Gold Cup and unseated Andrew Thornton on his most recent start in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree in April.

Stewart added: "Tatenen is absolutely fine and his main aim will be trying to win the Victor Chandler handicap at Ascot in January for the third year in a row. We did have him in the Hennessy Gold Cup but when it came up bottomless we thought we could come for my race at Cheltenham.

"Andrew Thornton will ride and I think Richard is quite optimistic. As long as the ground isn't bottomless, it will be fine for him."


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