Cheltenian Set For Doncaster Return

Emphatic 2011 Champion Bumper winner Cheltenian will make his eagerly-anticipated return to the racecourse on Wednesday as he lines up for his first outing since that epic victory at the Cheltenham Festival, where he won by five lengths.

Off the track for 707 days, Philip Hobbs' raider will line up in Doncaster's SIG Insulation EBF National Hunt Novices' Hurdle as he tackles timber for the first time and connections will be hoping that he has not lost any of his ability that saw him beat some classy performers in the aforementioned Champion Bumper.

Having travelled sweetly throughout that Cheltenham contest, Richard Johnson produced him in the latter stages and he duly kicked clear of Destroyer Deployed and Aupcharlie and he romped away to land the spoils at 14/1.

However, he will need to show his quality when sent out at Doncaster on Wednesday and he has been handed a difficult starter with John Ferguson's progressive New Year's Eve taking his chance, whilst the likes of Minella Forfitness will add great depth.

The former will certainly be his biggest rival as New Year's Eve was second in the 2012 Champion Bumper, but is still trying to show that sort of ability over timber, but one thing is for sure is that this race will be an informative renewal and could see the resurgence of a previous star of Prestbury Park.


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