Team Twiston Cheltenham Festival Day One
Day one of the Cheltenham Festival and we have seven runners going to post, hopeful as ever!
2.10 - The Arkle Novices Chase.
Al Dancer won over course and distance on his chasing debut back in October in a four runner race and has had two second spots in similar fields from three subsequent runs, the last at Doncaster towards the end of January. All over similar 2m trips, he’s made very good progress and coming into this fresh and suited by the course, has more to come. Looks to be very good each way value and a good run expected. Sam Twiston-Davies rides.
2.50 - The Ultima Handicap Chase.
Cogry needs no introduction with regard to Cheltenham Racecourse being such a regular here. He’s a four time course winner and has had all three outings this season here too, one of those four wins at the December meeting from a mark of 139. Up to 143 for the New Years Day meeting, he again ran well to take second. Goes from the same mark today, retains his form remarkably well and is sure to give another good account. Another that could be good each way value, Sam Twiston-Davies aboard.
Townshend has had just three chases for us, though had plenty of experience when with Willy Mullins, and has won on his last two outings at Huntingdon over 2m 4f then a better race at Ascot over 3m at a big price. Has gone up from 130 to 142 in the process but will be suited by both the soft ground and 3m 1f and may find more yet. Jamie Neild rides and takes off 7lbs.
3.30 - The Champion Hurdle
Ballyandy is another who needs no introduction round this track. He won the 2016 champion bumper having won earlier that season at the November meeting and has run well on his course appearances since including a second place at the December meeting. Comes in to this on the back of a good win at Haydock on heavy ground in January and is in very good form. Looks sure to go well and can prove to be good each way value in what looks like a very open renewal. Sam Twiston-Davies aboard.
Day one of the Cheltenham Festival