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Kayf Tara’s Festival runners

Cheltenham preview – day one 25 February 2013

 

There’s no roar in sport quite like the one which accompanies the tapes going up for the first race of the Cheltenham Festival, the Grade 1 William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

The Irish have a very good record in this curtian-raising contest and Kayf Tara has a strong challenger for this year’s renewal in the form of Mozoltov, who will be sent over by Ireland’s champion trainer Willie Mullins. In seven starts, the seven-year-old has never finished out of the first three and the most recent of his four victories came in the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Mozoltov also holds entries later in the week in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle and the Abert Bartlett Novces' Hurdle.

Last year’s Grade 3 JLT Specialty Handicap Chase was won by Kayf Tara’s son Alfie Sherrin and he is entered to defend his crown but could face challenges from a number of his paternal half-brothers, including Cantlow, Ballyoliver, The Package and Grade 1 winner Planet Of Sound.

The final race of the first day of action at Cheltenham is the Pulteney Land Investments Novices’ Chase, a Listed contest over 2m4f. No Planning, a winner for Sue Smith over fences, hurdles and in a bumper, looks set to line up alongside Mouse Morris’s Miradane, also a three-time winner, and the Gary Moore-trained Megastar, who in January added a 12-furlong maiden win on the Flat to his success over hurdles.