The Cheltenham Festival is edging closer, with only five days to go until the big meeting gets underway at Prestbury Park.
In our new feature ahead of the Festival, the team will pick out one runner at a big price that has caught their eye in the entries.
The team have made their selection for the opening day, with the runner coming in the Mares’ Hurdle.
MARTELLO SKY – Mares’ Hurdle (14/1 – Coral + William Hill)
Under the guidance of Lucy Wadham, Martello Sky could well be an undetected threat in the Grade 1 Mares’ Hurdle on the opening day of the Festival.
The six-year-old has made steady progress this term, landing success in three of her four starts over the smaller obstacles including a success at Prestbury Park back in December.
The daughter of Martaline has shown versatility in terms of ground this year, winning on all surface types from good to heavy.
She does take on much tougher opposition in this contest, but she is clearly talented and could well have more to offer here.
The booking of experienced rider Bryony Frost is a huge plus and it could well bring the best out of this promising mare in her first start in Grade 1 company.
Speaking to Betfair, Frost is looking forward to reuniting with the six-year-old.
“One ride I can confirm I’m back on now is Martello Sky in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle the same afternoon, and she’s one I’m really excited about.
“I’ve ridden Martello Sky whenever I’ve been able to, but when she beat the former Martin Pipe Hurdle winner Indefatigable in a decent handicap for mares at Cheltenham in December, and again when she won a Listed hurdle for mares at Sandown next time, it wasn’t with me on board.
“I’d won on her at Market Rasen in October, and before that in a maiden hurdle at Fakenham last season, and luckily for me Lucy Wadham and the owners – a great bunch of people who race as The Sky Partnership – have been incredibly loyal to me.”
At the price of 14/1, Martello Sky could well have more in the locker and may well outrun her odds in this contest.