Daryl Jacob looks ahead to his three Wednesday rides at Cheltenham

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I'm looking forward to my three rides at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

Sceau Royal is in really good form and ran well over hurdles when second in the Kingwell at Wincanton the other day. However, I’m very worried about the ground for him ahead of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase. With the rain they’re forecasting, it’s going to be a massive disadvantage to my fellow.

Altior will be very difficult to beat – in fact with conditions as they are it’s going to be hard for us to get close to him – but hopefully we can pick up some prize money. My horse is very good – I just wish the rain had missed Prestbury Park.

We gave Vyta Du Roc a spin around the Glenfarlas Chase course last week. It went well bar him standing on the fence Nicky Henderson calls the 'tennis court' - and refusing to come down it! Once he got a lead he was fine and seemed to jumped very well in general.

It’s a race I enjoy riding in – even if you need to make sure your sat-nav is switched on. The hope is the unique challenge will rejuvenate Vyta Du Roc who has pulled up in his two starts this season. He seemed to like it last week and hopefully it can revitalise the horse.

Torpillo will love the ground in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle. The galloping track will suit him and he won twice at Sandown for me earlier in the season. He was very disappointing at Haydock last time and while I hope he can bounce back here, it will be hard to win a Fred Winter under top weight.

There are a lot more unexposed horses lurking lower down the handicap but my fellow is one for the future, I think he’s going to develop into a really nice horse.

Cracker Factory is another I know well in this race. He was one I was looking forward to in the build-up but I’d be very worried about the ground for him.


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