Cheltenian set for Betfair
Philip Hobbs has confirmed that Cheltenian is an intended runner in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday week.
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The eight-year-old looked set for a bright future when taking his record under Rules to two wins from three starts with a hugely impressive five length victory in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival in 2011.
However, he spent almost two years on the sidelines after his Festival heroics, returning at Doncaster with a short-head defeat in February 2013 and he managed only one further start that season when 10th of 12 in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
However, that ensured that he was still a novice coming into this season and he begun his campaign with an impressive display at Uttoxeter on New Year's Eve and could now be set to make his handicap debut in the hugely competitive Betfair Hurdle.
Hobbs said: "We were very pleased with him at Uttoxeter and he'll run at Newbury provided he gets in. He still needs a few horses above him to come out, so fingers crossed."