Paul Nicholls has 4 runners on the primary day of the Cheltenham Festival, and right here the Betfair Ambassador discusses his possibilities of bagging a winner or two…
On a honest mark and I’m hopeful of a massive run
I’ve fancied him for this handicap for a whereas and intentionally saved him recent for it since he ran a race stuffed with promise on determined floor within the Finale Hurdle at Chepstow early in January. We hadn’t had him lengthy and he travelled strongly to the second final earlier than holding on to complete third. That kind is sensible and having had a little break he has settled into our routine now. Houx Gris is one other who will like higher floor, his mark of 128 is honest and I’m hopeful of a massive run. He may be very a lot within the mould of Diego du Charmil who gained this race 5 years in the past.
Has improved tonnes since final run and isn’t with out a chance
He gained properly on his debut for us on good floor at Chepstow however then choked on his subsequent begin so had a respiration op shortly afterwards. I needed to get another run into him earlier than Cheltenham however the floor at Wincanton was heavy and he wanted the outing badly so he ran okay earlier than tiring late on. Hell Red has improved tonnes since then and shall be a lot happier on the drying floor on Tuesday. He shouldn’t be with out a chance.
Continues to progress and has a solid chance
I spent a very long time on the cellphone on Saturday evening together with his proprietor Malcom Denmark weighing up all of the choices earlier than we determined to go for the NH Chase fairly than the Brown Advisory a day later. Three miles on almost good floor wouldn’t be preferrred for Next Destination who’s a stout stayer, so with Royal Pagaille heading for the Gold Cup it made sense to go for the race that suited us finest on what’s prone to be the slowest floor of the week. Next Destination continues to progress, jumps soundly and shall be galloping on strongly up the hill. Solid chance.
Fresh and nicely however must step up additional
Malcolm has a helpful second contender in Soldier of Love who made large strides in the summertime and has loved a good little vacation whereas ready for floor situations to come back in his favour. He was rated 113 on his first begin over fences for us and is now as much as 144 after profitable 4 in a row earlier this season earlier than ending second to Galvin who’s favorite for this race. Soldier of Love was then excessive when he struggled on comfortable floor in November. While he’s recent and nicely he most likely must step up once more.