Cheltenham Ready For Festival Trials Day

Cheltenham officials will take a precautionary look at the state of the racecourse at 7am on Saturday morning, but all being well they will be given the green light to host their top class Festival Trials Day card that will see a number of horses stake their credentials for the Cheltenham Festival that takes place in March,

The star attraction for many will be Sprinter Sacre, who will be sent off a short-priced favourite for the Victor Chandler Chase, as he looks to cement his place at the head of the betting of the Queen Mother Champion Chase and last year's Arkle winner should have no problem in maintaining his unbeaten record over fences in a race that has been switched from Ascot.

Cheltenham Gold Cup clues could come in the Argento Chase as Tidal Bay could well stake his claim for the Festival Blue Riband event, but Paul Nicholls is still unsure whether to let him take his place.  One horse who will line up is 2010 Gold Cup hero Imperial Commander, who is having his first outing since being pulled up in the 2011 renewal.

He will face some stiff opposition, even if Tidal Bay doesn't turn up, as David Pipe is set to saddle Grands Crus, as he looks to build on a fine third in the King George VI Chase, whilst the likes of Weird Al and Hunt Ball provide some depth to the Grade Two.

Oscar Whisky will tackle three miles for the second time in his career in the Cleeve Hurdle, as he aims to show trainer Nicky Henderson that he is a lively player in the World Hurdle betting, whilst The New One will be another Nigel Twiston-Davies star aiming to sparkle and he will lock horns with Coneygree in the Classic Novices' Hurdle, which is another Graded race for punters on a superb betting day.

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