Can course regular Publisher Du Gite secure another win for Cheltenham? | Horse racing news

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Publisher Du Gite: has a good track record in Cheltenham

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By Graeme Rodway and James Stevens

Saturday: 3.15 Cheltenham
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Editor Du Gite became a bit of a Cheltenham specialist last season, winning the 2m handicap pursuit at the November meeting before following in the December game. He then finished fourth in the Grand Annual in March and it was on desperate ground.

L’Editeur Du Gite is at its best when the property appears in the current description, so relations are hoping that there will be no more significant rain. They fought well on the obstacle course on Friday, but the pursuit course sometimes goes better.

The Widdow Maker seems more versatile. He proved it by finishing sixth over a hot handicap obstacle on practice day at this course in January on good ground and showed he could handle it softer when successful on his debut hunt for Exeter in February.

He finished third in the Grade 1 Manifesto Novices’ Chase at the Aintree Grand National meeting in April and, although it is probably the weakest high level event of the whole season, he is still fit in the context of this disability.

The two-mile drop also promises to suit The Widdow Maker. He has continued racing over the past season, including this Year 1 at Aintree, and the faster they go the better he should be racing.

Clear The Runway won five in the summer rotation. Three chase wins and two hurdle wins highlight his versatility, but this race usually draws a much stronger field than he faced.

Fox Norton, Saint Calvados and Rouge Vif all won it in the last six years before impacting the graded races and that gives some idea of ​​the quality that was presented.

Dads Lad is unlikely to be in that class, but he will be Willie Mullins’ first runner of the Cheltenham season and his only representative on the card. Brian Hughes is only booked for his third race for the team and is looking for his first winner.
Race analysis by Graeme Rodway

‘He’s my idol’ – Morgan relishes Mullins clash

Laura Morgan admits she may feel a little dazzled sending a runner against Willie Mullins at Cheltenham, but she’s confident she can beat her training ‘idol’ with the prolific Clear The Runway.

The six-year-old, who belongs to former Premier League defender Alan Rogers, has had an incredible run since February, striking seven times to leave a mark of 98 far behind him.

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Clear The Runway: Looking for a sixth straight win

Clear The Runway: Looking for a sixth straight win

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He is now handicapped almost three stones more after his last easy victory, and fifth in a row, at Worcester last month and is looking to give his blossoming coach a special first win at Cheltenham.

“It would be a great story for a small yard, but it’s a little nerve-wracking,” Morgan said. “It’s a bit scary going up against the big guns, Willie Mullins is my absolute idol. How can he not be? The guy just produces freshman winners year after year.

“Clear The Runway always worked hard on canters, but he was a little nervous. I think he’s just grown and matured and learned to run properly now. He’s changed so much.

“I thought he was very impressive at Worcester, he couldn’t have done better and he was also coming back from a break. I think a steep two miles will really suit him. We’re hoping for a great race.”

What they say

Gary Moore, trainer of the Editor Du Gite
He likes beautiful grounds, I hope he does, and I can’t wait to get him going again. I think Aintree was a bit too far at the end of the season but we are back to handicaps where I think we are best.

Joe Tizzard, trainer of The Widdow Maker
He had a good run in his freshman year at Aintree last time out. I think it’s on a pretty high note, but it’s also doable. He seems to be going very fresh and likes this better ground.

Oliver Greenall, co-trainer of El Borracho
He seems to come back fresh every time he runs, so we thought we’d give it a shot. Since Wetherby he has come back very well and continues to improve. He will love the floor.
Reporting by James Stevens

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