Thoughts for St Patrick’s Day at Cheltenham

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Wednesday March 16

Hopefully, by the time you read this Yanworth will have opened Alan’s Festival account for 2016, but meanwhile I managed to track down the boss and get his thoughts for day three before he left for Cheltenham.

Alan said:”Annacotty has had a grand season and we have never had him better, but, that said, he now tries his luck in Grade 1 company and he’ll have to be at the top of his game for his biggest test yet in the Ryanair Chase.

“The worry is that they might go a bit quick for him on this drying ground, but if he is still in contention at the top of the hill he’ll run a mighty race as he is incredibly tough.

“I am anxious to support the Grade 2 Mares Hurdle, which is a new race, and we have two runners, Dusky Legend and Awesome Rosie. Dusky Legend has had just the one run this season as we have been waiting for the better ground, but, though she has a bit to find on official ratings, she is a decent mare who is in really good order, and naturally her owners, Richard and Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes, were keen to run here as they sponsor the race.

“Awesome Rosie, who was a good second to Chocca Rocca, giving her weight, at Market Rasen the other day, will definitely be suited by this stiffer track.

Midnight Prayer is our representative in the Kim Muir. Josh Newman won the four-miler on him a couple of years ago, and hey are reunited here. He’ll appreciate this better ground after finishing alone in desperate conditions at Exeter last month, but he has bounced back well from that race and we are looking to get his rating up to ensure he gets a run in the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree. He is top of the pile on 10st 1lb, so a bold run here would help his chance of getting in.”