@TheTWETracker's Three Horses To Watch Returning At Cheltenham This Weekend

Cheltenham - October 22 2021
Cheltenham 13:55
1
A P Heskin

Tritonic

J:
 
A P Heskin
T:
 
Alan King
Age: 4
Weight: 11-6
OR: 142
Days: 218

The first horse to keep an eye on this weekend at Cheltenham on his return is the exciting Tritonic, who lit up the British Juvenile Hurdle division last season and this term is looking to take on the seasoned two milers.

A smart animal on the flat, Tritonic hit an impressive rating of 99 on the level and last term was then sent hurdling by Alan King in January.

He made a pleasing jumping debut, despite the soft ground maybe slightly blunting his turn of foot, he still managed to win impressively at Ascot.

That saw him get backed in the betting for the Triumph Hurdle and next time out he laid down his festival claims by demolishing the field in the Grade Two Adonis Hurdle at Kempton.

Backed into favourite for the Triumph over course and distance at Cheltenham he never ran his race unfortunately finishing a tame fifth of the eight runners.

He has since been back on the flat and ran to an average level, but those runs should have set him up perfectly for this event and he is the one to beat.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
18/06/24ASC20GF9-720
28/04/24STH16.5St9-34
06/04/24KEM16St/Slw9-135
15/12/23CHL20.5Sft11-95
23/11/23WCN15.5Sft11-101
Cheltenham - October 22 2021
Cheltenham 14:30
1
Nick Scholfield

Sky Pirate

J:
 
Nick Scholfield
T:
 
Jonjo O'Neill
Age: 8
Weight: 11-12
OR: 159
Days: 220

Next up is the Cheltenham festival hero Sky Pirate, who makes his seasonal debut back over the course and distance that saw him land the Grand Annual Handicap Chase at this year's festival.

During the eight-year-olds career he was slightly frustrating, being tried at the wrong distances, but at Cheltenham in December when sent over two miles for the first time in his career, he looked unstoppable.

The gelding won a Handicap Chase by close to four lengths, never coming off the bridle and then off the back of that went to Warwick and backed it up in taking style.

With the form of both the races working out, Jonjo O'Neill tried him in Grade Two company and he ran a stormer finishing second behind Grade One winner Allmankind.

It sort of ruined his handicap mark going up to 152 for the Grand Annual at the festival in March but under a superb ride he went onto narrowly land the event by a short head to Entoucas.

Back at Cheltenham, over his preferred trip and ground he should be tough to beat even though he is conceding a fair bit of weight to the field.

He looks a class above.

Cheltenham - October 22 2021
Cheltenham 15:40
4
Brendan Powell

Oscar Elite

J:
 
Brendan Powell
T:
 
Colin Tizzard
Age: 6
Weight: 11-0
OR: 139
Days: 197

The final horse on Saturday that is returning for his first race of the season and looks very interesting is the Colin Tizzard trained Oscar Elite.

The six year old gelding last term really took the eye in big Grade One races at the spring festivals over hurdles and if being able to convert that form to fences then the Tizzard's have a seriously sharp animal on their hands.

Having finished third at Exeter on heavy ground in a Listed event over two miles behind some nice types, he then stepped up to three miles at Cheltenham and finished a good second behind the runaway winner Vanillier in the Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.

With the Tizzard team having a less than impressive season and the horses on show in the race, for this horse to do what he did showed serious talent.

He proved last time out that the run was not a fluke when another good third at the Aintree Grand National meeting behind Ahoy Senior and Bravemansgame in the Grade One Sefton Novices' Hurdle.

Both those animals have franked the form over fences already this season and Oscar Elite now looks a big player on his chase debut, getting 8lb off the favourite.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
22/04/23AYR24Gd11-11PU
14/03/23CHL25Sft10-125
18/02/23ASC24GS11-21
27/12/22CHP23.5Sft11-7PU
26/11/22NBY26Gd10-710