EIGHT weeks today we will be halfway through the Cheltenham Festival and will be looking forward to the Ryanair Chase and World Hurdle on the third day. So are any of our National Horses To Follow going to make it to the greatest show on earth? The past seven days has seen taking performances from several of our list horses.
Valdez strolled home at Plumpton. He beat nothing but confirmed he is probably Alan King’s best two-mile novice hurdler. The Supreme Novices Hurdle or the County Hurdle perhaps?
In Ireland Suntiep showed that he’s an out-and-out stayer winning on his hurdling debut. Willie Mullins is awash with talent so Suntiep may not be his strongest Albert Bartlett contender. But one horse definitely pencilled in for the festival is Cause of Causes. He showed great tenacity to win at Navan and is bound for the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury. The County Hurdle could then be on the agenda although he is also entered in the Champion Hurdle.
Salden Licht looks ready-made for the Jewson or Grand Annual and Ted Walsh’s Champagne James would be interesting if coming over for the Festival Bumper.
Meanwhile, in the past week there were highly promising runs from list horses Karinga Dandy, Palus San Marco and Sausalito Sunrise.
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