CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL SELECTION: Embittered | 4:50pm Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
The penultimate race of the day can go to Ireland and Joseph O’Brien, who was touched off by a short-head in this race 12 months ago.
It wasn’t, however, through his Wednesday chance to was backed into favourtism last March but fell at the ninth.
Despite some underwhelming performances up in grade of late, he’s now 1lb lower than when a 9/2 shot at Prestbury Park in 2021 and that may suggest he is well handicapped on his reappearance at the Cheltenham Festival.
Bryan Cooper rode him to a Grade 3 success at Punchestown back in October and regains the partnership in Gloucestershire.
The drop back to a pure two-mile test should suit and he looks a big player back in this sphere.