By News Team
9th March 2021
Multiple Cheltenham winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies runs through his top chances at this year’s meeting.
I’m very happy with the way the horses are ahead of Cheltenham. We’ve got a much smaller team than normal but hopefully we make up for it in quality.
Guard Your Dreams is the first one I’d have to mention after running a really good race at Newbury, missing the start and then running on very well at the end. We’ve got dreams of him winning the Coral Cup if he gets in that, and he’s also in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Gowel Road is the next one I have to say I’m very pleased with. He’s done absolutely nothing wrong all season. It looked as though he was going to turn over Bear Ghylls at Ffos Las on his racecourse debut, but just showed a bit of greenness. He’s come on a lot since then, has won his last two and could well go for the County Hurdle, though he’s also in the Supreme Novices’. The likely fast pace and stamina test of a big-field County Hurdle would be right up his street. I think he’s one of the nicest young horses we’ve had in a long time. My gut feeling is that if he gets in the County, then he’s the yard’s best chance of a Cheltenham winner.
We’re also looking forward to the first running of the new Mares’ Chase, where Zambella should take her place. She’s won three Listed races this year and was probably just a little bit tired when being beaten by Annie Mc last time out at Warwick, but she’s had a bit of time off since then and will come back stronger, and Cheltenham will suit her. She jumps beautifully and we think she might be one of our good ones for this year’s Cheltenham.
Elsewhere, Redford Road, who has won over three miles at Cheltenham before, has qualified for the Pertemps and he could go very well in that.
And in the Bumper – a race we’ve won before – we’ve got two very nice chances in the shape of I Like To Move It and Super Six. Super Six is unbeaten, while I Like To Move It’s form reads 112, so I think they are nice enough horses to be in the mix there.