A Genie In Abottle out to advertise Cheltenham claims
Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase (Grade 3) | 5yo+| 3m | ATR
A Genie In Abottle, nominated by Noel Meade as a possible contender for the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham after scoring by five and a half lengths over this trip at Fairyhouse last month, faces seven rivals in this event which Meade last won with Wounded Warrior two years ago.
Willie Mulllins, successful with Roi Des Francs 12 months ago, is represented by Haymount, who will be tackling the trip for the first time, and Briar Hill, a faller in a Grade 1 over the distance at Leopardstown on his most recent start last month.
Anibale Fly, who failed to perform to expectations at Grade 1 level on good ground at Kempton last month when he started favourite in the 32 Red Kauto Star Novices' Chase, represents Tony Martin.
The line-up also includes the Mags Mullins-trained Martello Tower, winner of the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival two years ago, and the Henry de Bromhead-trained Balko Des Flos, a 16-length winner over 2m6f at Fairyhouse this month.
What they say
Peter Fahey, trainer of Bay Of Freedom
It looks very competitive but he's in good form and if he runs to his best form we'll be hoping to pick up some prize-money.
Noel Meade, trainer of A Genie In Abottle
We'd like rain as he does like it very soft. So the more rain, the better his chance will be. He's in great form.
Tony Martin, trainer of Anibale Fly
He was disappointing at Kempton last time but he was fine when he came home and I'm quite happy with him. We're hoping for a much better run this time.
Willie Mullins, trainer of Briar Hill and Haymount
Mags Mullins, trainer of Martello Tower
He's in good order. He gets the trip well so fingers crossed. he should run a good race. He has cheekpieces on for the first time as he can be a bit idle.