Jollyallan (right): entered in the Supreme and Neptune at CheltenhamPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Festival fancies Jolly and Bristol set for Sandown
JOLLYALLAN and Bristol De Mai, prominent in the betting for novice hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival, will meet in Sandown's four-runner Betfred-sponsored Contenders Hurdle on Saturday.
The Harry Fry-trained Jollyallan is 16-1 for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle and 20-1 for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle, while Grade 1 winner Bristol De Mai is the 8-1 second favourite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle.
They face Greatwood Hurdle winner Garde Le Victoire and Flute Bowl.
Cheltenham clues, especially for the JLT Novices' Chase, could also be spied in the Grade 1 Betfred Scilly Isles Novices' Chase on Sandown's card, for which five were declared.
Champagne West, Grumeti, Irish Saint, Splash Of Ginge and Gitane Du Berlais are all entered in the JLT at the festival.
Both races, along with two others from Sandown, will be on Channel 4, which also screens the Betway West Wales National (ten declared) and the Betway Champion Hurdle (14) from Ffos Las.
There is no terrestrial television coverage of Musselburgh's meeting on Sunday, but racegoers and Racing UK viewers are in for a treat.
Supreme hopefuls El Namoose and Some Plan clash in the novice hurdle, while Hargam puts his Triumph Hurdle credentials on the line in the John Smith's Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial.
Cinders And Ashes, whose finest moment came when he won the Supreme in 2012, is set for his first start since last year's festival in the John Smith's Scottish County Hurdle.