15:30 Cheltenham Thu 15 March 2018
Last Year's Winner
|T: W P MullinsJ: R Walsh|
Sam Spinner (9/4), Supasundae (6/1), Yanworth (6/1), Unowhatimeanharry (8/1), Penhill (12/1), Apple's Jade (12/1), Wholestone (14/1), L'Ami Serge (14/1), Bacardys (14/1), The New One (18/1), Augusta Kate (20/1), Colin's Sister (33/1), The Worlds End (33/1), Lil Rockerfeller (33/1), Old Guard (33/1), Let's Dance (33/1), Donna's Diamond (66/1)
WHAT THE TRAINERS SAY
Jedd O'Keeffe - Sam Spinner: "Everything is good and the ground is fine for us. We have no worries on that score. You've got Yanworth and Supasundae in there, they are probably the two you'd be worried about. We couldn't be happier with our horse and we'll see what happens."
Jockey Joe Colliver - Sam Spinner: "If it was on good ground we'd be at the mercy of the speed horses, but on soft ground they still have to prove their stamina and we have no doubts on that front. We don't have to make all the running. What we need is just a nice, even pace. If someone else wants to go on, I'm happy to let them. If not, I'm happy to make it."
Jessica Harrington - Supasundae: "He won't have to make his own running, which is great. He can be dropped in a little bit and he does pick up well. I think he does stay three miles, I'm not too worried about that."
Assistant trainer Patrick Mullins - Bacardys and Penhill: "Bacardys has schooled very well over hurdles since falling over fences in Leopardstown over Christmas. His work has been very good. The trip is a bit of an unknown, but I think his style of racing will help him. Penhill obviously hasn't run since winning the Albert Bartlett at last year's Festival, but we've been very happy with him at home and although he's a second-season novice, he's actually got a lot of experience, having had nine runs last season."
Nigel Twiston-Davies - The New One and Wholestone: "I expect The New One and Wholestone will dead-heat! I don't know as it is a whole new game for The New One, while Wholestone has done well all season. The New One has been very kind to us. Wholestone is proven at the distance, while The New One isn't, so it is impossible to say which will do better on the day."
Alan King - Yanworth: "I've been very happy with him. He won't mind the ground and he gets the trip so well. He has schooled beautifully over hurdles since his last run. It is just up to him now."
Harry Fry - Unowhatimeanharry: "He's a 10-year-old now, so he's up against it, but hopefully he'll run well in what looks an open enough race."
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