Who To Follow At Cheltenham On Saturday - 23/10/21

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


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

One of the best races on the card at Cheltenham is the Masterson Holdings Hurdle and we can't look past Alan King's superstar hurdler.

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.


Trainer To Follow - Fergal O'Brien

Fergal O'Brien always likes to send plenty of runners to this meeting and he looks to have some nice chances on the Saturday with multiple runners in some of the contests.

In the first race of the day he fields the progressive Samba Dancer and also Byzantine Empire, who both look to have each way chances.

In the two mile Handicap chase he fields the likeable Bathiva that will be looking to get back to winning ways having just missed on a hat-trick recently.

One of his better chances on the day comes in the three mile Novices' Chase with De Name Evades Me looking to build on his chasing starts to date.

O'Brien heads into the meeting in decent form with six winners from 32 runners over the last two weeks which sees him pose a 19% strike rate.

Jockey To Follow - Jordan Gainford

Young Jordan Gainford really announced himself last season when landing numerous winners in Ireland and then landed his first ever winner at the Cheltenham festival.

He's back at Prestbury Park on Saturday and he looks to have a handful of nice chances, teaming up with Gordon Elliott for the most part.

In the first race of the day he sits on Uncle Henry who is receiving weight off the favourite and in the next he sits on the lowly weighted Definite Plan, who could spring a surprise.

His best chance of the day comes in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle with Tullybeg looking the one to beat although carrying a fair weight.