Venetia Williams: sends Quartz De Thaix to CheltenhamPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Quartz De Thaix out to sparkle at Cheltenham
QUARTZ DE THAIX will bid for the first graded victory of his career in the Grade 3 Majordomo Hospitality Handicap Chase, with the eight-year-old chasing a third consecutive success.
Following wins at Bangor and Haydock last month, Quartz De Thaix competes off a career-high mark of 147 over fences for Venetia Williams, and connections are expecting a good run.
Peter Deal, spokesman for the ROA Arkle Partnership, owners of Quartz De Thaix, said: "We don't know why he lost his way last season but he is clearly now going the right way. We could have waited for the Welsh National but there is uncertainty about the ground, so we run here with every chance."
The race has attracted a decent field, with the likes of Cheltenham specialist Midnight Chase, Bradley and Planet Of Sound in opposition. The going at the course is good to soft, soft in places, though heavy rain is forecast, and the cross country track is subject to a second inspection at 10am.
There is also jumps racing from Bangor, as the track passed its second inspection at 9am, plus all-weather racing from Lingfield, Wolverhampton and Dundalk.
Bangor: Soft, good to soft in places
Cheltenham: Good to soft, soft in places
Wolverhampton: Standard to slow