We have seven runners in the Grade 1 Mares Novice Hurdle over 2m 4f. Buildmeupbuttercup (Denis O’Regan) will like this ground but might prefer a shorter trip. Calie Du Mesnil (Bryan Cooper) was unplaced in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham but will go on this ground and the trip will be okay. Ruby has picked Cheltenham winner Eglantine Du Seuil and this longer trip will be right up her street. Elfile (Jonathan Burke) ran very well in that Cheltenham race and will appreciate this ground and needs this trip. Robin De Carlow (JJ Slevin) will handle the ground but would be better over a longer trip. Salsaretta (Paul) travelled very well to two out in the Albert Bartlett over 3 miles at Cheltenham but might like softer ground here. That said, we think she will improve from that run today. Sancta Simona (Mark Walsh) pulled up in Cheltenham but will love this drying ground.
We have two in the Ryanair Gold Cup over 2m 4f. Real Steel (Paul) is a course winner and ran well in the JLT Novices Chase at Cheltenham. Voix du Reve (Ruby) unseated in that race when going well and will go on this ground. Both have good chances.