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CHELTENHAM DAILY NEWS NOTES | Tuesday 1st March

The Cheltenham.co.uk team dig out some of the big Festival stories from the past 24 hours

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Davy Russell on board Conflated win the Irish Gold Cup during day one of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse in Dublin, Ireland. Picture date: Saturday February 5, 2022. Cheltenham

It’s officially two weeks until the 2022 Cheltenham Festival gets underway, with punters and racing fans alike eagerly counting down the days until the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ kicks off.

It’s officially two weeks until the 2022 Cheltenham Festival gets underway, with punters and racing fans alike eagerly counting down the days until the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ kicks off.

In our latest edition of the news segment, the team look at a potential trainer-owner dispute over a Cheltenham target as well as two chasing talents that could head to the Brown Advisory and the Champion Chase respectively.

Here are the Cheltenham Daily News Notes for Tuesday.

THREE’S COMPANY

Connections of Threeunderthrufive are eyeing up an appearance in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase, where he could well face the talents of Bob Olinger and Galopin Des Champs if their teams decide to head to that contest.

The seven-year-old has shown promise during his first season over fences, winning four of his starts over the larger obstacles.

Two of those victories came in Graded company, so owner Max McNeill is keen to take a chance on his recruit landing a Grade 1 win at the Festival.

Talking to Racing TV, Racing Manager to the McNeill family Iain Turner discussed Threeunderthrufive’s potential targets.

“The Brown Advisory would be our preferred option, there’s a few reasons for that.

“Adrian (Heskin) can obviously ride, and secondly last season with Escaria Ten we went for the so-called easier option with the National Hunt Chase and we ran into Galvin, who is the favourite for the Gold Cup.

“Just because a race looks easier at the time, it doesn’t always mean it works out like that.

“He’s won two Grade 2s, one with a penalty, and this might be his only chance to run in a Grade 1.”

Conflated is currently a 12/1 shot for the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase.

CONFLICTED OVER CONFLATED

Trainer Gordon Elliott has spoken out on Conflated’s target for the Cheltenham Festival, as he hopes to convince owner Michael O’Leary to go for the Gold Cup instead of the Ryanair Chase.

The Gigginstown owner had originally stated his desire for the Irish Gold Cup winner to run in the two-and-a-half-mile chase on the Thursday, but Elliott wants to take a chance on the eight-year-old in the feature race on the Friday.

Talking to Sky Sports Racing, the Cullentra trainer is hoping he can get his way involving Conflated.

Gordon Elliot at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Gordon Elliott is hoping to get his way with Conflated’s Cheltenham aim

“(I’d go for) the Gold Cup. Michael wants to go for the Ryanair, I want to go for the Gold Cup so we’ll probably have an argument for five minutes and normally he gets his way, but I hope I get mine.

“There’s only one Gold Cup. If you win the Ryanair, that’s grand, but the Gold Cup is the Gold Cup.

“I just think the way the Ryanair will be run, with the likes of Allaho in there, if he does make a mistake or miss a fence, he might not get back into the race. The Gold Cup, they might not go as quick early.”

Conflated is a 12/1 chance for the Cheltenham Gold Cup currently.

NO NEGRA-TIVITY ON NUBE

Champion Chase runner-up Nube Negra is hoping to go one better in this year’s contest, with trainer Dan Skelton voicing his confidence in the eight-year-old.

The gelding finished half a length behind the winner Put The Kettle On and he did strike on his last visit to Prestbury Park when claiming the Shloer Chase back in November.

Speaking to Racing TV, Skelton talked about his recruit’s progress ahead of the four-day meeting.

2D5XAHK Trainer Dan Skelton (left) with brother, jockey Harry Skelton during day two of the Showcase at Cheltenham Racecourse
Dan Skelton has high hopes for Nube Negra at Cheltenham

“He’s an outstanding looking horse and his work at home is always very good, which you’d expect from a two-miler.

“He went to Warwick the other day. We didn’t ask him any questions, it was just a day out.

“The most important thing with this horse is to have him super fresh. If you have him off the back of a run within a month, it’s too close.

“He puts so much into his runs and his jumping – he just empties the tank.”

Nube Negra is currently a 10/1 shot for the Champion Chase.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.