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CHELTENHAM DAILY NEWS NOTES | Monday 7th March

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

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RYM395 Eglantine Du Seuil ridden by Noel Fehily on their way to victory in the National Hunt Breeders Supported By Tattersalls Mares' Novices' Hurdle during St Patrick's Thursday of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

There are only 8 days to go until the Cheltenham Festival, with the first day’s entries only days away from being revealed.

In our latest edition of the news segment, the team look at two promising novice chasers and a juvenile that may not make it to Cheltenham unless some runners opt out of heading to the Festival.

Here are the Daily News Notes for Monday.

AHOY TO BRAVEMANSGAME

Ahoy Senor will take on Bravemansgame in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase, after connections confirmed the seven-year-old has been given the green light for the Festival.

Lucinda Russell’s recruit burst onto the scene after beating Paul Nicholls’ star at Aintree last season, but the result was overturned in the Kauto Star at Kempton during the festive period.

Speaking to Racing TV, assistant trainer Peter Scudamore discussed the gelding’s chances at the Festival

“He schooled the downhill fences at Kelso on Saturday and hopefully, all being well, he will go to the Brown Advisory. He looked sharp and did everything we asked well.

“I know we thought about not taking him here, but he’ll go to the Brown Advisory.

Ahoy Senor ridden by Derek Fox (right) on their way to winning the Doom Bar Sefton Novices' Hurdle during Ladies Day of the 2021 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. Picture date: Friday April 9, 2021.
Ahoy Senor stunned Bravemansgame at Aintree last season

“We obviously know it is a very hot race and you get a little bit frightened, because I think a lot of him.

“Then you think to yourself, there is only one Cheltenham and that is what we train one for, to get one there.

“I don’t think we lost anything in defeat at Kempton and he ran well at Wetherby. So we will go and see what happens.”

Ahoy Senor holds an 8/1 price tag for the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase.

SILVER SHADE SNEAKING IN

Trainer Milton Harris is hoping Silver Shade could make the cut for the Boodles, with the gelding currently teetering on the edge with his current mark of 120.

Talking to Attheraces, Harris is hoping the four-year-old will just about sneak into the two-mile contest at the Cheltenham Festival.

“I love Silver Shade and I think he is very well handicapped.

“But I would say he won’t get in the Boodles. If he gets in, he is a player. But I don’t know – the weights are going to go up at the top.

“I suspect we will end up with 10st 8lb or 10st 9lb and we won’t get in. I would be delighted if he did. I think he’d be a player – I don’t see him being rated a 120 horse.”

Silver Shade is a 33/1 shot for the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

THE BUSY MAN IS WAITING ON THE WEATHER

Trainer Venetia Williams is waiting on the ground before making a decision on L’Homme Presse’s Cheltenham target.

The seven-year-old has declared himself as a promising prospect over fences, claiming four successes over the larger obstacles including the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase.

Speaking to the Racing Post, Williams remained undecided on her recruit’s Cheltenham target.

“It will be a decision based on the ground and you’re going to have a look at the Irish horses, but there are strong Irish horses in all of the races.”

Venetia Williams at the Welsh Grand National meeting at Chepstow
Venetia Williams is hoping for a big run from L’Homme Presse at Cheltenham

“If you run away from one, you run into something else.

“L’Homme Presse does look like a three-miler and if he doesn’t go up to three miles this month you can be sure he’ll be hitting it next season.”

L’Homme Presse is currently 9/2 for the Turners’ Novices Chase and 14/1 for the Brown Advisory Novices’ 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.