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CHELTENHAM DAILY NEWS NOTES | Monday 28th February

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

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Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 13, 2019 Keith Donoghue celebrates winning the 4.10 Glenfarclas Chase on Tiger Roll Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

There are just over two weeks to go until the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’, with preparations fully underway for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

In our latest edition of the news segment, the team look at two stars of Gigginstown throwing their hat in the Cheltenham ring and an interesting contender potentially heading to the Albert Bartlett

Here are the Daily News Notes for Monday.

CONFLATED SWITCHING COURSE

Conflated could well be targeted for the Ryanair Chase instead of the Gold Cup – if stablemate Galvin features in the Festival’s feature race.

The eight-year-old thundered home to win the Irish Gold Cup by six and a half lengths at Leopardstown earlier in the month, but connections are opting to go with the two-and-a-half mile chase at Cheltenham next month.

Talking to the Racing Post, Gigginstown owner Michael O’Leary gave an update on his recruit’s Cheltenham target.

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.

“If Galvin runs in the Gold Cup for Gordon, then I think we’ll switch Conflated to the Ryanair Chase.

“I’d love to see Ronnie Bartlett win a Gold Cup and I don’t think Conflated would beat Galvin. It makes sense from Gordon’s point of view to split the two and then take on Willie Mullins in the Ryanair.”

Conflated is currently an 11/1 shot for the Ryanair Chase.

WATSON’S CHELTENHAM STAG PARTY

Archie Watson is relishing his chances at the Cheltenham Festival, as Stag Horn could well line-up in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Chase next month.

The 32-year-old trainer is hoping to land his first Grade 1 success with the five-year-old, who claimed victory in the Leamington Novices’ Hurdle last month.

Speaking to Racing TV, Watson is looking forward to his trip to the ‘Home of Jumps Racing’.

“I grew up being a fan of Jump racing so it is amazing to have a runner at The Festival. We are really looking forward to having a runner there on the big occasion.

“We are under no illusions how hard the job will be but you have to say that he goes there with a chance. It is very exciting for the owners (Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib) and everyone in the yard to have a horse that is hopefully going to Cheltenham with a viable chance, which is good.

“I think a lot of trainers would be happy with a horse like this going into a race like the Albert Bartlett.

“Cheltenham is great just like Royal Ascot is on the Flat, but we wouldn’t be running him at Cheltenham if we didn’t think he had a chance.”

Stag Horn is a 16/1 chance for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle currently.

TIGER’S ROLLING OUT

Dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll will be retired after the Cheltenham Festival, with connections bidding to go out on a high in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase.

Speaking to Sky Sports Racing, owner Michael O’Leary announced his star’s racing career will come to an end next month.

“You cannot defy age. He will not be in the Grand National by the time he runs in the cross country – he’s coming out at the next forfeit stage.

“I have no intention of asking the horse, who is like a fifth child to me, to carry 11st 8lb or 11st 10lb around Aintree at his age.

Tiger Roll claimed two Grand National wins in 2018 and 2019

“Thankfully, the Tiger Roll controversy will never happen again because he will be retired after the cross-country race in Cheltenham this year.”

Tiger Roll is currently the 5/2 favourite for the Cross Country 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.