The Grade Two BetBright Cup Chase of the Cheltenham Festival is set to be staged at the Cotswolds venue. The event will feature Many Clouds, Hennessy winner, among others; this opportunity highlights the card for the prep run at the Prestbury Park before the major meeting in March, reports cheltenhamzone.com.
Simon Claisse, the clerk of the course, has decided over the weekend to put a cover on the entire track to serve as a protection against the cold snap happening recently. The action is said to be paying forward with the fact that it remains “race”-able despite the falling temperatures.
Claisse predicts Cheltenham tips of a few more cold nights before the weather begins to warm up towards the weekend.
According to Claisse, “The outlook is for frost for the next 3 nights, dropping to minus 5 degrees Celsius on Friday morning. The forecast is then for the weather to improve, with a minus 2 degrees Celsius on Saturday morning rising to 5 degrees Celsius or 6 degrees Celsius later in the day. All the time the non-covered ground has been frozen the ground under the covers has been fine so they are doing the job for us. We have no rain of any significance forecast before Saturday, either”.
Martin Keighley, on the other hand, has kept the Grade Three Trophy Chase on the card as a perfect opportunity to set Annacotty right back on its winning track.
The 7-year old horse had won the Grade One Feltham Chase the previous term; however, it hasn’t won gold in four of its succeeding race, recently joined the Hennessy last November at Newbury.
Annacotty cuts back in trip from the 3 and a quarter miles to 2 miles & 5 furlongs. Keighley hopes to regain his winning track.
“Annacotty will go to Cheltenham o Saturday,” he said. “I have been delighted with him since the Hennessy. A couple of my horses were not right at that time of the season, but he has bounced back and seems in fantastic form”.