Bristol bids to get back on the Gold Cup trail as he heads eight in the Cotswold
Betfair Chase hero Bristol De Mai is the class act among a field of eight in the Grade 2 Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day. A 57-length winner of the Betfair Chase, Bristol De Mai disappointed in the King George last time and connections will be hoping he can bounce back and advertise his Gold Cup claims, for which he is a top price of 25-1.
Among Bristol De Mai's rivals are Tea For Two, who finished third in the King George, and The Last Samuri, who finished runner-up in the 2016 Grand National.
In the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle, Beer Goggles, who runs in memory of the late Richard Woollacott, faces nine rivals including Finian's Oscar and Wholestone.
Finian's Oscar, who has the Stayers' Hurdle as his objective at the Cheltenham Festival, is making his first start over hurdles since he was overhauled late on by Bacardys in the Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown festival in April. He reverts to hurdling after losing on his two most recent starts over fences.
The Cheltenham card commences with a juvenile hurdle featuring Triumph Hurdle favourite Apple's Shakira, while Maria's Benefit, a leading contender for the Mares' Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, tops six declarations for the Grade 2 Mares' Hurdle at Doncaster.
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