13:30 Cheltenham Tue 13 March 2018
Last Year's Winner
|T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy|
Getabird (7/4), Kalashnikov (5/1), Summerville Boy (9/1), First Flow (12/1), Mengli Khan (14/1), Paloma Blue (14/1), Claimantakinforgan (16/1), Western Ryder (20/1), Sharjah (20/1), Debuchet (20/1), Slate House (20/1), Us And Them (28/1), Lostintranslation (40/1), Simply The Betts (40/1), Dame Rose (40/1), Trainwreck (66/1), Shoal Bay (80/1), Golden Jeffrey (150/1), Khudha (200/1), Saxo Jack (200/1)
- Summerville Boy
Patrick Mullins - Getabird: "I think the rain is definitely in his favour as he handles the soft ground and he stays further than two miles. He has travelled over fine and has had a good preparation. Obviously he has got to improve from his current performances, but he is more than capable of doing it.
"It looks an open renewal but Kalashnikov sets a fair standard and Mengli Khan is a Grade One winner. He is a different type to a lot of our previous runners in the race."
Patrick Mullins - Sharjah: "I think he would prefer drier ground, and that would be the concern. It was just drier ground when he ran very well over Christmas."
Amy Murphy - Kalashnikov: "He was impressive at Newbury. Under 11st 5lb, as a novice, it was an extremely good performance. He was a big baby going into the race. He'd never seen anything like that before but we were delighted with him.
"He seems in great order at home. We'd rather it wasn't raining the way it is, but there's nothing we can do about that and at least with it being the first race we'll be running on fresh ground. We're excited to be there. For a yard the size of ours to have two horses with live chances going to Cheltenham is fantastic and we're very much looking forward to it."
Tom George - Summerville Boy: "His form is rock-solid. You can put a line through his first three runs as they all went at a canter and he needs to come off a strong gallop. The first time he got that was in the Tolworth, which he won fair and square. It didn't surprise me what happened. He needs settling in behind a good gallop and he will get that here. He coped with the ground well at Sandown, but I'm not saying he needs heavy ground as he will go on good ground as well."
Gordon Elliott - Mengli Khan: "I thought Getabird was very good in Punchestown, but I don't think Mengli Khan was himself. The third and fourth horses were too close to him and he looked a little bit light afterwards. I still think it's going to be hard to beat Getabird, but I think we'll have a different horse at Cheltenham, all being well."
Kim Bailey - First Flow: "He deserves to have a chance to go there and soft ground will certainly be a huge benefit for him. He's stepping up into a different league but he's done nothing wrong so far. I've always looked upon him as a horse that wants further. We started him off at two miles because he was always quite free at home."
Warren Greatrex - Western Ryder: "There is more rain coming ahead of Wednesday and I think it will be better running in the first race on the first day on the fresh ground. He is in seriously good form and he could be one of the forgotten horses in the race."
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