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CHELTENHAM DAILY NEWS NOTES | Thursday 3rd March

The Cheltenham.co.uk team pick out a few of the biggest Cheltenham stories from the last 24 hours

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The Glancing Queen ridden by Jockey Wayne Hutchinson (centre) on their way to winning the Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race during Grand National Thursday of the 2019 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse.

The 2022 Cheltenham Festival is edging nearer, with only 12 days to go until the roar returns at Prestbury Park.

In our latest edition of the news segment, the team look at two promising chasers that will be heading to the Ryanair and the Gold Cup as well as a local trainer’s sole attendee at the Festival.

Here are the Daily News Notes for Thursday.

THAT’S RIGHT, WE WANT THE GOLD CUP

Connections of Aye Right have opted out of going for the Ultima at the Cheltenham Festival – in favour of a dream chance of running in the Gold Cup.

The nine-year-old finished third in the Ultima last season and gave a fair impression in the Coltswold Chase, finishing third to Nicky Henderson’s Chantry House.

Talking to the Racing Post, joint-trainer Harriet Graham discussed the team’s dream of sending a runner to the Festival’s feature race.

“I know on paper the Ultima looks easier, but even if Frodon was to run he’d be carrying a lot of weight regardless. The owners are keen to run in the Gold Cup and that’s what we’ll go for. We actually think the New course suits him a lot better.

There’s no reason that Scottish horses can’t go south and take on the bigger boys with real chances. There’s not as much money spent up here on horses and you get lucky if you get a good one, whereas Nicholls, Henderson and of course the Irish just have endless talented horses with loads of options.

“When you’ve got one precious horse you want to get to Cheltenham, it’s a little bit more scary as you have no back-up plan. We’ll keep him safe and sound as it’s a bit tense with the race being two weeks away. Horses can be horses and they could get a poisoned foot at the wrong time.”

Aye Right is a 100/1 shot for the Gold Cup currently.

KEIGHLEY’S PARTY IN THE COUNTRY

Trainer Martin Keighley may well only send one runner to the Festival this year, but he has confidence in Back On The Lash producing a big performance in the Cross Country Chase.

The eight-year-old claimed C&D success at the November Meeting, snatching success in the final 110 yards to win by a neck.

Talking to Racing TV, Keighley spoke out on Back On The Lash’s tilt for Cheltenham Festival victory.

““It was gutting for Any Currency to lose the race, but we’ve got a nice horse in the cross country this time in Back On The Lash.

“He won the November race at the first attempt, which I’m told hasn’t been done before, which proves how well he took to the course.

“Sean Bowen felt he was flat at the December meeting, so he’s had a break and is a horse that runs well fresh, so he could run a big race.

Back On The Lash holds a 14/1 price tag for the Cross Country Chase.

ELDORADO SAVES THE GOLD FOR NEXT YEAR

The Tizzards have revealed Eldorado Allen’s target for the Cheltenham Festival, with connections opting to go for the Ryanair Chase over the Gold Cup.

Speaking to Attheraces, Assistant trainer Joe Tizzard talked up the eight-year-old’s chances in the two-and-a-half mile chase.

Eldorado Allen is our highest-rated horse going into the Festival and he’d have to have a really competitive each-way chance.”

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Colin Tizzard has targeted the Ryanair Chase for Eldorado Allen

“We’re going to run him in the Ryanair. There was talk of sticking him in the Gold Cup after he won the Denman, but it’s £30,000 to supplement and I’m not sure he’s an out-and-out stayer.

“We’ve all had a chat about it and for now I think he’s a Ryanair horse. There’s a big difference between three miles on good ground around Newbury and three and a quarter miles at Cheltenham in a Gold Cup. I think he’d travel in a Gold Cup, but he can have a go at that next year.

“He’s always been a nice horse and I think he goes into the Ryanair with a nice chance.”

Eldorado Allen is currently a 14/1 shot for the Ryanair 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.