Cantlow takes cross country test

View from connections ahead of Saturday's Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham featuring Cantlow.

Cantlow preps for the Festival in the cross country

Cantlow, clear favourite for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham in March, puts his credentials on the line in Saturday's trial event.

Trained by Enda Bolger, who has won the main event at the Festival five times, he has been reborn in his last two races.

Having won the Risk Of Thunder Chase over Punchestown's banks course in November, he was successful for the first time at Cheltenham's unique track in December.

With stablemate Josies Orders on the sidelines, Cantlow is Bolger's big hope to give him a sixth win in March.

"He appears to have really taken to it well," said Bolger.

"I've been very happy with him at home and this has obviously been in the offing for a while.

"It's a tight little race mind you, you can make a case for a few of them on the terms which they are meeting on.

"His run the last day was encouraging, though, and hopefully he'll go well again."

Bolger also runs Auvergnat, the mount of Rachael Blackmore and third in the Risk Of Thunder.

"Auvergnat is having his first run over the course so we need to see if he takes to it," said Bolger.

"He's got a very light weight, which will help him, and he ran a nice race in the Risk Of Thunder, he wasn't that far behind Cantlow.

"I'm hoping he takes to it and if he does, off that weight, he should run well.

"Both are in great form and I'm expecting good runs."

Martin Keighley's popular 14-year-old Any Currency is back at the place he loves while Gordon Elliott runs Cause Of Causes, a winner at the last two Festivals.

Adding further lustre is Paul Nicholls' Rocky Creek while Alelchi Inois, fourth in the John Durkan in November, heads the weights for Willie Mullins with Katie Walsh in the saddle.

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