Cheltenham Pageant: Sir Gerhard ‘tipped in direction of’ Ballymore

Sir Gerhard and Jamie Codd on their way to post at Navan

Cheveley Park’s managing director Richard Thompson says Cheltenham Pageant’s main competitor, Sir Gerhard, is “leaning” in direction of the Novices Hurdle’s “Blymore Run” in the course of the shorter entry-level impediment course.

The seven-year-old was undefeated by hurdles, profitable his first hurdle earlier than touchdown in First Division on the Dublin Racing Pageant final month.

His solely defeat got here in final season’s Champion Bumper, falling narrowly to fellow stablemate Killcrot, who’s working within the junior excessive blocker at Cheltenham Pageant.

Paul Townend leads Sir Gerhard to victory in Leopardstown
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Paul Townend leads Sir Gerhard to victory in Leopardstown

However as his stablemate runs in the course of the shorter journey, Richardson stated his horse is more likely to overtake the intermediate journey at Ballymore, however emphasised that coach Willie Mullins hasn’t made any closing resolution but.

“It is as much as Willie,” Richardson stated. Sky Sports activities Racing. “He can be wanting on the current change to Supreme and produce other contestants as effectively.

“He can positively get a Ballymore journey and he can compete in each however I really feel snug with each – it makes no distinction to me personally.

“It appears like Ballymore to me and that is Willy’s method proper now. I believe he can win too however larger is the stronger race, there isn’t a alternative.

Envoi Allen who gets hit by Rachel Blackmore jumps out at the end
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The Envoi Allen that Rachel Blackmore offers you a soar on the finish – he runs in chase champ

“If we have been instructed we might compete in each races and Ballymore was the weakest race, that is the race we might go for.

Thompson additionally gave an replace on Ryanair’s favourite god, who will attempt to defend his crown within the race on Thursday.

“He gained a John Durkan award and he’s a high quality horse that’s God,” he added.

May God keep away from rivals to win Ryanair chase at Cheltenham
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Might God stay away from rivals to win Ryanair chase at Cheltenham

“Final 12 months was good for him and we simply need to hope the race finishes. He can break up into only a few riders and he did not do something mistaken, so the experiences are all good.

“We simply need to hope that the race continues in his favour that day.”

Thompson additionally confirmed that Envoi Allen is lined up within the Queen Mom Champion Chase, the Traditional Getaway is probably going to participate within the Albert Bartlett junior race and the A Plus Tard stays on track to compete within the Cheltenham Gold Cup, having completed second within the final race 12 months.