Weekend racing to offer Cheltenham clues

Filed on 21 Jan 2010 @ 11:08

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Novice Hurdles | Arkle Trophy/RSA Chase | Champion Chase & Ryanair Chase | Champion Hurdle & World Hurdle | Gold Cup

A fine weekends' racing in prospect including important trial races for the Cheltenham Festival.

The Paul Nicholls pair of Advisor and Pistolet Noir hold entries at Ascot; together with stablechum Royal Mix they also hold entries in what looks like a high-class renewal of the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 7th, a race won last year by Jumbo Rio.

Twist Magic will need to be at his best in the Victor Chandler with Well Chief and Petit Robin likely to be in opposition.

Take The Breeze and Celestial Halo hold entries at Leopardstown on Sunday, while Grand National fancy Tricky Trickster may make his seasonal reappearance at Fontwell Park on Monday. The Nightingale, one of the trainer’s personal favourites, may also appear at the Sussex venue.

Donald McCain has some interesting entries including the highly promising pair of Peddlers Cross and Alegralil.

An exciting renewal of the Sportingbet.com Novices Chase at Haydock Park, could see Knockara Beau, Bensalem, Door Boy crossing swords with chasing debutant Diamond Harry.

At the same track Punjabi will be looking to state his Champion Hurdle case. Cloudy Lane will attempt back-to-back victories in the Peter Marsh Chase. However, he will face stern opposition from the likes of Seven Is My Number, Tatenen and According To Pete.

Over at Leopardstown on Sunday, Take The Breeze, Zaarito, and Sports Line look the leading contenders four the Irish Arkle.

Solwhit, Celestial Halo, Donnas Palm and Sublimity can make for an exciting renewal of the Irish Champion Hurdle. The respective winners will surely be close to favouritism in the respective events at Cheltenham in March. Rite Of Passage and Quel Esprit are exciting novice hurdlers entered at the same meeting.

Filed on 21 Jan 2010 @ 11:08