Star staying hurdler Paisley Park is amongst 9 entries for Saturday’s Paddy Power Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Emma Lavelle’s stalwart bought again to profitable methods final day out in an exhilarating end with Thyme Hill within the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.
Philip Hobbs has not entered his cost this time round, however the Ascot type was boosted on the weekend when Roksana, who was third, was a simple winner.
“On paper it might not look as tough as the Long Walk, that’s true, and he’s in great order,” stated Lavelle.
“What can be good can be to return to Cheltenham and have a pleasant expertise after what occurred on the Festival final 12 months.
“While I’m glad there’s not going to be a large discipline, I would like him to have a pleasant expertise. I definitely would not say it seems to be straightforward, although – all races at this stage are tough.
“We’ll be giving weight away, however he appears in nice order and the timing of this race is totally excellent as we will let him down a bit after it.
“Obviously the ground looks like being testing, but we can’t do much about that. We’d love it if the forecast was a bit better and it wasn’t a real slog, but it is what it is. He loves racing, this horse.”
Harry Fry’s veteran Unowhatimeanharry is amongst potential opponents, together with the David Pipe duo of Ramses De Teillee and Main Fact, who had his lengthy profitable run ended within the Long Walk.
Itchy Feet might return to hurdles for Olly Murphy, with Third Wind (Hughie Morrison) one other attainable.
Nicky Henderson’s Gold Cup runner-up Santini is amongst 10 contenders within the Paddy Power ’45 Sleeps To Cheltenham’ Cotswold Chase.
He has but to win in two outings this season, at Aintree and when fifth within the King George VI Chase.
Harry Whittington’s Saint Calvados, fourth within the King George, charges as a critical hazard as does Bristol De Mai, recent from this third win within the Betfair Chase.
One who could possibly be out once more rapidly is Paul Nicholls’ Yala Enki, who solely gained at Taunton on Saturday.
“If it poured with rain on Thursday and Friday I would be kicking myself if I hadn’t put him in the race, though it is a tentative entry,” stated Nicholls.
“He is hard to place off his mark of 161 and has not got any kind of penalty in this race.
“Some of the others which might be going to run within the Gold Cup won’t desire a slog at this stage spherical Cheltenham, so it might minimize up.”
Rehearsal Chase winner Yorkhill, David Bridgwater’s The Conditional and a earlier Gold Cup winner in Native River (Colin Tizzard) are among the many entries.
Nicky Martin’s Bear Ghylls is amongst 14 within the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, with Lecale’s Article and Wilde About Oscar within the combine.
The Pipe-trained Adagio, already a Grade One winner this season, is one among 15 within the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle together with Gary Moore’s Nassalam, who was second to him at Chepstow.
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