Festival prep for As De Mee

As De Mee, impressive winner of the Grand Sefton over the Grand National fences, will tee himself up for the Topham Chase with a run at the Cheltenham Festival.

As De Mee: Part owned by Dame Judi Dench

The Paul Nicholls-trained seven-year-old will take in the RSA Chase on his way back to Aintree.

Andy Stewart owns As De Mee with Dame Judi Dench and Stewart is hoping the actress can fit the Festival in to her busy schedule.

"Ruby (Walsh) was on the phone straight after he won the Grand Sefton looking to ride him in the National!" said Stewart.

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"I told him he didn't work for Paul Nicholls any more and Willie Mullins would have a ride for him.

"Anyway, he won't be going for the National this year, it will be the Topham.

"He's going to go for the RSA first and Dame Judi is looking to change her filming dates so she can attend.

"The last time she went racing was for the EBF Final which he won at Sandown two years ago.

"That day I thought she'd gone home as I hadn't seen her for so long and it turned out she'd been signing 600 autographs.

"She's an amazing woman, she's 82 yet she's currently filming a new version of Midnight On The Orient Express."

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