15:30 Cheltenham Tue 13 March 2018
Last Year's Winner
|T: N J HendersonJ: N D Fehily|
Buveur D'Air (4/6), Faugheen (4/1), Melon (7/1), Elgin (12/1), My Tent Or Yours (12/1), Wicklow Brave (14/1), Yorkhill (14/1), Mick Jazz (25/1), Ch'tibello (33/1), Identity Thief (50/1), John Constable (66/1), Verdana Blue (66/1), Charli Parcs (100/1)
- Buveur D'Air
- My Tent Or Yours
WHAT THE TRAINERS SAY:
Nicky Henderson - Buveur D'Air: "His greatest asset is his jumping - he is so quick it is frightening. He measures them so precisely - it is like hurdlers in athletics - absolute precision. He is just very good at jumping. I think he is improving - he is getting stronger. When he was third in the Supreme Hurdle to Altior at the Festival two years ago, we knew he was a good horse on the way up."
Patrick Mullins - Faugheen: "Faugheen's form of November (when he won the Morgiana) shows he still has the talent of old but we've been scratching our heads the last two runs, the same as everybody else. We've changed a few things at home like we did last year with Nichols Canyon. We've added the cheekpieces for no real reason but he has nothing to lose wearing them.
"I think the soft ground will help us as it will make it more of a stamina test. It's hard to expect a big run after his last two runs but at the same time me and Dad are still confident he is better than his last two runs."
Patrick Mullins - Yorkhill: "Without doubt he has been the most frustrating horse in the yard this season. He has so much talent but this season nothing has gone to plan. He is a very interesting horse and his best form comes at Cheltenham.
"Again, the soft ground will help him as it will turn it into a stamina test and both his wins here have been over two and a half miles. He has schooled well over hurdles since his last run. It's hard to know what Yorkhill will turn up but hopefully David Mullins can work the best out of him."
Patrick Mullins - Melon: "We've taken the hood off from last time. He is a very unexposed horse and has the potential to improve. His work at home suggest he has improved again and he has a big chance of being in the money. Don't forget last year entering the Supreme he had only had the one run over hurdles. "
Patrick Mullins - Wicklow Brave: "He won a County Hurdle on soft ground so that won't be a problem and to me he seems great at home. He is not coming here off a prep run but he run very well in the race last year. The most important key to him is if he jumps off with the others. If he does, he has got a great chance of being placed as we know he handles the track and the ground."
Alan King - Elgin: "We are not really under any pressure and we are looking forward to it. He didn't run a bad race at Ascot just before Christmas with top-weight when he got beat. They went quite slow that day and that wouldn't have been ideal for him.
"I was surprised how much he improved again before Wincanton. Wayne (Hutchinson) was amazed how well he quickened turning in and we got to the front way too soon."
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