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Cheltenham Entries

This week hosts the biggest four days of the National Hunt Racing calendar, The Cheltenham Festival. We have been lucky enough to saddle two winners at the ‘Olympics of jump racing’ so far and can only hope for many more successes in the years to come. Last year saw the awesome Missed Approach win the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir, stopping the Irish from claiming a clean sweep through card on the Thursday of The Festival. Below are our potential runners at Cheltenham this week.
Mulcahys Hill
Mulcahys Hill will run in four mile National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) tomorrow. He is a true stayer and his jumping has gone from strength to strength over fences. Noel McParlan, who rode Missed Approach to success last year in The Kim Muir, takes the ride and should be a great asset. The rain that has come over the weekend and promises to attack the Prestbury Hill tomorrow will also be in their favour.
Keeper Hill
Keeper Hill has entries in both the Pertemps Network Final and the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) on Thursday. He is more likely to run in the Stayers’ Hurdle which is is a Championship race and his hardest contest to date. He is a tough horse who has held his own in good company before and stepping him back down to hurdles has reinvigorated his youth and he seems much happier in this sphere.
Western Ryder
Western Ryder will run in the two mile Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3).  He is a horse that loves Cheltenham and has beaten some very impressive horses here in the past. This year he has hit the crossbar several times but will definitely be able to hold his own in this company. The ground should suit him towards the end of the week too.
Mahlervous holds second reserve for the two mile five Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) on Wednesday. He proved himself to like the Cheltenham hill back in November and then raided the North for a win at Kelso in January. If he gets in, he has a fair hand to play in this, however if the ground did get particularly heavy that may go against him.
Star Of Lanka
Star Of Lanka has an entry in the two mile four Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, however he may not get in due to a large number of entries. If not, he will go for the consolation race at Kempton on Saturday, the Silver Plate, which is run for horses who are balloted out of Cheltenham Handicaps. He is a very progressive horse who has won twice for us this year. His colours were lucky for us at Cheltenham in 2015, so if he gets in let’s hope they can work their magic again!

Schooling On The Grass

Watch horses schooling on the grass on Friday below.


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