Team Twiston Cheltenham Festival Day Three

Day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2020 and Team Twiston have seven runners in all, spread across three meetings.

Cheltenham Festival

2.50 - The Ryanair Chase

Riders Onthe Storm joined us from Ireland on 4th November and won at Aintree just five days later. That was over 2m 4f on soft and he has gone on to win two races at Ascot over a furlong further on soft and heavy ground respectively, the latter a grade one event. Deserves his place in the line up and with more to come, will appreciate both trip and ground and has a very good each way chance. Sam Twiston-Davies in the saddle.

4.50 - Mares Novices Hurdle

Vienna Court has had six outings this season, starting with a debut mares hurdles win over 2m at Ffos Las. Has progressed nicely since, including a second at Newbury, another win at Taunton, then a third latest when stepped up in trip to 2m 3f. Maybe needs to find a little more, but more progress in the offing and she can go well here. Sam Twiston-Davies rides.

5.30 - Amateur Riders Chase

Flying Angel started the season on a mark of 149, but a drop to 140 saw him take advantage with a win at Ascot in November over 2m 5f. Back up 3lbs he then ran well over Aintree's national fences to take 4th place. A further rise saw him mid-division of 10 over 3m 1f in heavy ground at Haydock. He goes from 144 today over a furlong further, but with the ground much more to his liking, can put in a good display. Zac Baker rides in this amateur riders race and a good run expected.

Cheltenham Festival and Team Twiston

Cheltenham Festival 2020

Doncaster

3.05 - Summit Like Herbie had a sticky start to chasing, unseating his rider on his debut at Huntingdon, then falling at Ffos Las. Has shown improvement in three races since, finishing mid-division at Wetherby, then taking a good second at Warwick, then a third latest at Chepstow at the end of January. All have been around 2m 4f, but he steps up to 3m here which is expected to bring some more out of him. This looks a good opportunity and a good run expected. Jordan Nailor rides, claiming 5lbs.

5.05 - Kilpin has had just the three runs, the best of which was when second at Huntingdon in January. All three have been over 2m and he now makes his handicap bow stepped up to 2m 3+f. Could be on a useful mark on 109 and can show some improvement here too. Jordan rides and his claim could prove useful too.

Hexham

3.55 - Dino Boy showed some decent bumper and hurdles form gaining a couple of places, before switching to fences where he made an immediate impact with a win at Wetherby over 3m on soft ground from a mark of 110. Up 2lbs for that, at Wincanton when 3rd and then back over course and distance at Wetherby taking the runners up slot, both on soft. Steps up to 4m here, a big step, but he’s expected to cope well both with the trip and expected heavy ground. More to come, a good run expected, Jamie Bargary rides.

5.50 - Galileo Silver joined us from Alan King’s yard where he had one outing over hurdles, but also had some decent form on the flat for Roger Charlton including a win over 1m 3f at Kempton on the all-weather. Has had one outing for us in early January in a novice hurdle over 2m 5+f at Wincanton, where although finishing 5th, was only 8 lengths adrift and had been in contention until very late on. This looks a good opportunity for him with this track and 2m 4f expected to suit and he shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the heavy ground. Jamie aboard and a good run expected.

Summit Like Herbie
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