CHELTENHAM NOTEBOOK: Former England captain Eoin Morgan to cheer on the horse named after him, high hopes for Teahupoo and Patrick Mullins seeking Incredible finish
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Former England white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan is expected to be at the track on Thursday to see the horse named after him.
Captain Morgs lines up in the Pertemps Network Final.
And the Nicky Henderson-trained gelding looks to have a genuine chance, having won over course and distance in December.
He has since been kept fresh for this race.
Captain Morgs also has winning form at the track earlier this season.
World Cup winner Eoin Morgan will be hoping for Cheltenham glory with Captain Morg
High hopes for Teahupoo
STAYERS’ HURDLE ODDS
Teahupoo – 11/4
Blazing Khal – 7/2
Flooring Porter – 9/2
Home By The Lee – 6/1
Klassical Dream – 8/1
Gold Tweet – 11/1
Ashdale Bob 16/1
Paisley Park – 18/1
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Trainer Gordon Elliott was out bright and early on the track on Wednesday supervising the exercise of the 60 horses he has brought to the Festival.
One of his best chances is Teahupoo in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and Elliott is hoping for a better Cheltenham outcome for the horse than last year, when he finished a distant ninth in the Champion Hurdle.
Elliott said: ‘I really fancied him but he wasn’t fast enough. He’s not a quick horse at home and all he does is stay.’
Emotions running high
The emotional scenes after Honeysuckle won Tuesday’s Mares’ Hurdle were not just admiration for a great racehorse but also an outpouring of support for winning trainer Henry de Bromhead and his family, who lost 13-year-old Jack in a riding accident in September.
There will be plenty backing De Bromhead’s five runners in the Mares Novices’ Hurdle, which is being run in Jack’s memory.
It could be Patrick’s day!
Patrick Mullins is on the board having won Tuesday’s National Hunt Chase on father Willie’s Gaillard Du Mesnil and he has some tasty rides to come, including Stattler in Friday’s Gold Cup.
But he is desperate to win the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup on his father’s Mr Incredible.
Amateur riders have three Festival races to themselves — the National Hunt Chase, the St James’s Place Hunters’ Chase and this afternoon’s contest.
Patrick can become only the third rider to complete the holy trinity.
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