Farrelly to unleash Stilletto

Trainer Johnny Farrelly is hoping the ground is suitable for Stilletto to take his chance in the £160,000 BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham on day two of The Open, Saturday, November 12.

Johnny Farrelly is keen to run Stilletto at Cheltenham

Former Jump jockey Farrelly rode the Emma Lavelle-trained Pause And Clause to victory in the 2011 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at The Festival during his time with David Pipe. He retired from the saddle after damaging a vertebrae at Wincanton in March, 2012.

Stilletto, who carries the well-known colours of Roger Brookhouse, is yet to run for Farrelly after joining the stable from champion Jump trainer Paul Nicholls over the summer.

The seven-year-old was successful on two of his six starts over fences last season, including a 10-length success in a handicap at Leicester in February, and fell when favourite for the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate at The Festival.

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Farrelly, who trains west of Bridgwater in Somerset, said: "Stilletto is coming along nicely.

"We will leave him in the BetVictor Gold Cup on Monday, talk to Mr Brookhouse and then make a decision later in the week.

"The concern we have at the moment is the ground – if it's too quick, then he won't run.

"He came to us over the summer and is a lovely horse to have. He goes nicely and I know they thought a lot of him at Paul's.

"We are looking forward to getting him out but, like everyone else, we could do with some rain."

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