Wolf hunts Cheltenham honours
Grade One winner Adrien Du Pont tops seven entries, revealed today, for the £35,000 Masterson Holdings Hurdle at Cheltenham on day two of The Showcase on Saturday.
Wolf Of Windlesham returns to Cheltenham on Saturday
The two-mile conditions hurdle provides four-year-olds with an opportunity to compete against their own age group before moving into all-age races later in the season.
Adrien Du Pont, one of two entries for champion Jump trainer Paul Nicholls, captured the G1 Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow in January and ended the campaign with a six-length victory in a valuable juvenile handicap hurdle at Ascot in April.
Somerset-based Nicholls has also entered recent Chepstow scorer Diego Du Charmil who led home a one-two for the stable in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at The Festival in March.
Wolf Of Windlesham (Stuart Edmunds) won three of his four starts over hurdles last season, including a G2 success at Cheltenham in the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial at The Open in November.
He disappointed on heavy ground back at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day but signed off with a narrow victory over Voix Du Reve in a valuable juvenile handicap hurdle at Sandown Park on the final day of the 2015/2016 Jump season, April 23.
Edmunds, who trains in Buckinghamshire, said: "Wolf Of Windlesham seems in very good form and the plan is to run on Saturday.
"I would say he is pretty straight for his first run back. We were looking at having a prep on the Flat but couldn't fit it in.
"He definitely exceeded expectations last season. He was only rated 60 on the Flat going into it but the switch to hurdles has obviously brought out the best in him.
"To be honest, I think this year could be quite difficult. Is he going to be lumping big weights in handicaps or can he step up a few grades; I don't know?
"Saturday will tell us more as he has to carry an 8lb penalty for his win at Cheltenham in November. I just hope the rain stays away because needs nice ground."
Wiltshire-based handler Alan King is doubly represented by course winner Sceau Royal and Gibralfaro who was third behind Diego Du Charmil at Chepstow on his reappearance. The entries are completed by Leoncavallo (Ben Pauling), fifth in the JCB Triumph Hurdle, and Fakenham victor Ceporine (Richard Hobson).
Away from the action on the track, racegoers will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Home of Jump Racing with guided tours of the parade ring and weighing room before racing.
The Randox Health Food Zone introduced for the first time in 2014, returns to The Centaur to show off all that is great about produce from the Cotswolds.
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