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WORCESTER | Cheltenham Festival runners Birchdale and Eglantine Du Seuil return to tackle fences

Both runners feature in the Not All Heroes Wear Capes Novices’ Chase at Worcester on Wednesday

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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.
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Two Festival attendees clash at Worcester on Thursday, as they both feature in a five-runner field in a 2m7f Novices’ Chase.

Nicky Henderson’s Birchdale makes his return to the larger obstacles after struggling on his first three chase starts over the last two seasons.

Nicky Henderson reading a racecard at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Nicky Henderson will be hoping to see Birchdale land a first win over fences at Worcester on Thursday

The seven-year-old unseated his rider at Catterick in November before finishing the last of six runners at Newbury in January.

The gelding bounced back in February when claiming third in a ‘Jumpers Bumper’ at Newcastle on the all-weather, before producing a bold effort to finish sixth over hurdles in the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.

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He faces tough opposition on his return to fences, in the form of Paul NichollsEglantine Du Seuil.

A former recruit of Willie Mullins, she joined the Ditcheat trainer back in October and has experienced mixed fortunes over both hurdles and fences.

watch: eglantine du Seuil wins the 2019 dawn run mares’ novice hurdle at Cheltenham [credit: racing tv]

She failed to fire on her first two starts for her new trainer, but she showed a slight revival when finishing second in a mares’ handicap hurdle at Cheltenham in December.

The seven-year-old struggled when stepped up in class at Ascot and Warwick before heading to the Festival, finishing 11th in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle.

Horse trainer Paul Nicholls at Hereford Racecourse
Paul Nicholls will be hoping Eglantine Du Seuil claims victory at Worcester

She bounced back to claim second in a Listed Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at the April Meeting at Prestbury Park but the mare failed to justify favouritism on her chase debut, finishing second of three runners at Fontwell.

Eglantine Du Seuil will be hoping to be second-time lucky over fences here but will need to prove she can deal with the step up in trip.

An interesting meeting between two promising sorts lies in wait at Worcester on Thursday afternoon.

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.

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