Four-pronged attack on day two of Cheltenham
Some of Alan’s would-be runners for this week’s Cheltenham Festival have fallen by the wayside due to the testing ground, but we run three in the competitive Coral Hurdle on day two, plus Lisp in the equally tricky Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle.
Alan said:”Lisp has got a big engine, but he didn’t give himself a chance in the Victor Ludorum Hurdle at Haydock recently as he got lit up and didn’t settle.
“In the circumstances he has done very well to finish third, and this big field and stronger pace will suit him better, so, hopefully, he’ll be involved in the finish in what looks a wide-open race. He has twice won in the mud, so he ought to cope with the ground.”
Our trio in the Coral are all big prices, but then our own Medinas was a 33-1 shot when he won the race in 2013, and Alan and the respective owners think all three are worth a roll of the dice.
Summing up their chances, Alan added:”Bastien didn’t quite seem to get home in the ground at Newbury last time, having looked as if he might finish first or second, and, though I wouldn’t be frightened of going three miles again when conditions were less testing, this two miles and five could suit him well.
“River Frost is unproven on the ground, and, having run a pleasing comeback race at Chepstow in October, he was very disappointing in the Lanzarote at Kempton. That was just too bad to be true, and Barry Geraghty has chosen to ride him again, so let’s hope the horse bounces back.
“The ground would also be a worry for Dusky Legend, who has been placed at the last two Festivals and ran well back over hurdles at Doncaster, having taken that heavy fall over fences at Newbury in December.”