There are only 20 days remaining until the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ gets underway, with horse racing fans beginning to look forward to the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.
In our latest edition of the news segment, the team look at two hurdles that could make a splash at Prestbury Park as well as a confirmed runner in the St James’ Place Festival Hunters’ Chase.
Here are the Daily News Notes for Wednesday.
PORTER EXPECTED TO FLOOR HIS RIVALS
Connections of last year’s Stayers’ Hurdle winner Flooring Porter are confident that the seven-year-old could strike again at Cheltenham.
The son of Yeats has experienced mixed fortunes in his two starts this season, after taking a fall in the Lismullen Hurdle before finishing second to an extraordinary performance from Klassical Dream in the Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle.
Speaking to the Racing Post, part-owner Ned Hogarty voiced his confidence in his runner walking into the winners’ enclosure once again at Prestbury Park.
“Gavin seems to be turning the screw nicely. We’re hopeful, and somewhat confident even.
“He has the ability to do it – he’s been there and done that. The ground should come up good for him and if he runs his race, he’ll take some beating.
Flooring Porter is currently a best-priced 7/2 shot to retain his Stayers’ Hurdle crown.
COACHMAN DEPARTING FOR THE CORAL CUP?
After a brief stint over fences, Thedevilscoachman returned to winning ways on his return to the small obstacles after claiming the Boyne Hurdle at Navan yesterday.
The gelding was in the middle of the pack approaching three out, but he made headway in the final stages and began to chase the leading Ashdale Bob.
Going into the home straight, the six-year-old had three lengths to find on the leader, but he battled gamely and managed to just get his head in front in the final strides to claim victory.
Noel Meade touched on his recruit’s next destination, with one race at the Festival particular on the trainer’s mind.
“I haven’t a notion where he goes next. He’s in the Coral Cup and the County Hurdle – if he goes, the Coral Cup would be the one, but it might not be easy after that.
“You’d imagine the way he did that he’d go to three miles.”
TheDevilscoachman is an 8/1 chance for the Coral Cup currently.
BOB’S YOUR CHASER
Bob And Co will return to Cheltenham for another crack at the Hunters’ Chase, after unseating his rider in last year’s contest.
Amateur rider and owner David Maxwell confirmed Bob And Co’s attendance at the Festival and is pleased with the gelding’s progress.
“Bob And Co is A1 and still on for Cheltenham,”
“You choose trainers and you let them get on with it.
“Paul Nicholls is a genius and his view was to send him straight hunter-chasing (at Haydock) and then go to the Foxhunters’.
Bob And Co is currently a best-priced 14/1 shot for the Hunters’ Chase.