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.
“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.”
“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.”