Nigel Twiston-Davies Cheltenham Team
Nigel Twiston-Davies trains just a stone’s throw away from Cheltenham Racecourse, and it’s no wonder that Prestbury Park is so close to his heart.
He’s had 17 previous winners at the Cheltenham Festival, and this year he has an exciting team whom he hopes will see his add to that tally.
Therefore, we thought it was a good time to take a look at some of his more fancied festival entries.
Last year’s Cheltenham Bumper winner was having a frustrating season over hurdles before getting off the mark in the very lucrative Betfair Hurdle. It’s looking extremely likely that he’ll now line-up in the Supreme Novices Hurdle, however he’ll face a very different test there off level-weights with all of his rivals after carrying a light-weight in the Betafair Hurdle. He’s also already been beaten this season twice by one of his main rivals Moon Racer.
This one heads to the Pertemps final, and he faces the opposite challenge to Ballyandy in that he’s a novice who has yet to be thrown-in to the cauldron of big-handicaps, but could go well at his first attempt.
One of the unluckiest horses of the season so far, as he may have won at both Wetherby and Ascot but for last-fence mishaps. Heads to the Stayers Hurdle with a solid each-way chance, and has been freshened up since his last run, which was slightly disappointing behind Stayers Hurdle favourite Unowhatimeanharry.
Bristol De Mai
Beautiful big horse who still has plenty of time to reach the very top over fences, and he heads to the Gold Cup with an outside chance. However, though it was reported he bled last time, he finished well-behind likely Gold Cup opponent Native River, and he’s saved his best performances for Haydock so far.
Ran very well at last year’s Festival when placed in the Coral Cup, and reportedly heads to the JLT Chase. Doesn’t quite look in the class of JLT favourite Yorkhill, but his trainer has never been one for pitching his horses against the very best.
This one romped home in a Cheltenham Handicap, and his trainer is very happy that the handicapper hasn’t raised above 140 after that victory. That means he’s still eligible to run in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase on the first day, and NTD thinks he’s one of his best chances.
The New One
Victory in the Champion Hurdle at the fourth attempt for The New One will probably reduce Nigel Twiston-Davies to tears, and the softer the ground the better his chances in what looks the most winnable Champion Hurdle for years.
The Albert Bartlett is definitely on the agenda after already notching-up 3 wins at Cheltenham this season, and his trainer is happy he’ll go on any type of ground. He’s a horse who has shown he can find plenty of reserves under pressure and he should be well-suited to the demands of the 3-mile novice race,