The five-day entries for the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival are released tomorrow, with only six days to go until the biggest week in jumps racing gets underway.
In our latest edition of the news segment, the team look at two promising sorts heading to the Mares’ Chase as well as a runner that could be heading to the Paddy Power Plate.
Here are the Daily News Notes for Wednesday.
SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR MARTELLO
Martello Sky has ‘earned her chance’ in the Mares’ Hurdle according to trainer Lucy Wadham, after the six-year-old has produced a respectable campaign over the smaller campaign.
The daughter of Martaline has won three of her four starts this season, including a Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham back in December.
Talking to the Racing Post, Wadham is exciting to see her recruit in action on the opening day.
“We’re really looking forward to it and she seems in great form.
“We know she likes the track, so that’s all positive. We also know the competition is going to be pretty tough, but she’s earned a crack at it.
“I think she’s versatile in terms of going. I hate running on fast ground and if it did come up heavy that wouldn’t be ideal. But she’s won on every type of ground and just wants to win, that’s the bottom line.”
Martello Sky is currently a 14/1 shot for the Mares’ Hurdle.
ALCAZAR AIMING FOR THE PLATE
Connections of Imperial Alcazar have decided to go for the Paddy Power Plate on the Thursday at Cheltenham.
The eight-year-old held entries in four contests across the Festival, with the 2m4½f Grade 3 chase being the preferred destination currently.
Talking to Attheraces, trainer Fergal O’Brien gave an update on his runner ahead of the meeting.
“We’re looking towards the Plate on Thursday. That seems to be where we are heading at the minute.
“Fingers crossed he’s in great form. He had an away day yesterday (Monday) and we’re very pleased with him.”
Imperial Alcazar holds an 8/1 price tag for the Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase.
MILNER’S HEADING TO THE MARES
Mrs Milner will be taking on the big guns in the Mares’ Hurdle, as connections has opted to go for a chance at Grade 1 glory.
The mare bolted up in the Pertemps last season and she has struck in Listed company this term as well.
Talking to Racing TV, trainer Paul Nolan is interested to see how the seven-year-old goes in the 2m4f contest.
“She’s run twice at Cheltenham and she was second and then won, we’ve freshened her up since Newbury and we’re hoping we’ll see a different mare in Cheltenham,
“She improved with the step up in trip for the Pertemps last year, now we’re going back in trip and the ground is going to probably be a bit softer unless the forecast changes,” he said.
“It’s going to be a good race, but hopefully she’ll run respectably and go well.”
Mrs Milner is a 9/1 chance for the Mares’ Hurdle currently.