Chantry House and Champ among big guns entered at Cheltenham this weekend

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Nico De Boinville riding Chantry House on their way to winning the Betway Mildmay Novices' Chase during Ladies Day of the 2021 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2021 in Liverpool, Englan
Chantry House: Grade 1-winning chaser could contest the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham this weekendCredit: Tim Goode (Getty Images)

Nicky Henderson and JP McManus could take dead aim at Cheltenham's card on Saturday after big guns Champ and Chantry House featured among the entries.

Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Chantry House flopped in the King George VI Chase over Christmas, but won what was the Marsh at last year's festival and is 16-1 for the big one.

He is one of eight in the Paddy Power Cotswold Chase (2.30) and could face exciting novice Ahoy Senor.

Cheltenham entries

Champ had been viewed as a Gold Cup hope in the autumn, but went back over hurdles to win Ascot's Long Walk before Christmas and is in the Welsh Marches Stallions At Chapel Stud Cleeve Hurdle (3.05).

4-1 for the Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle at the festival in March, he may meet Paisley Park and McFabulous.

Paisley Park: in contention for Saturday's Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham
Paisley Park: in contention for Saturday's Cleeve Hurdle at CheltenhamCredit: Bill Selwyn

Cheltenham also has the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (3.40) on Saturday and Hillcrest, an emerging star for Henry Daly, is in that along with Balco Coastal.

Like Cheltenham, Doncaster will host races on ITV on Saturday and they include the Lightning Novices' Chase (1.35), in which Third Time Lucki is entered.

The Sky Bet Chase (3.20) also takes place on that bill and last year's runner-up Aye Right was one of 23 remaining in that after Monday's acceptance stage.

All of Saturday entries

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James BurnLambourn correspondent
Published on 24 January 2022Last updated 13:36, 24 January 2022