The best of British
Altior (Racing Post Arkle Trophy, Tuesday): Probably one of the biggest certainties, if there is such a thing, of the entire meeting. Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old cannot stop winning, and has looked thrilling over fences. If he gets round safely, he wins doing the proverbial handstands.
Neon Wolf (Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle, Wednesday): Make no mistake, he is the real deal. Trainer Harry Fry loves this horse. A brilliant winner of a Supreme trial at Haydock on his last start, this giant should adore stepping up in trip at Cheltenham. There is also
UnowhatImeanharry (Sun Bet Stayers’ Hurdle, Thursday): Fry, just like the rest of us, has been knocked for six by this one’s progress over the winter. The nine-year-old is on a winning run that stretches back to November 2015 and he is head and shoulders above his rivals in what is a fairly uninspiring staying department.
Defi Du Seuil (JCB Triumph Hurdle, Friday): The dogs were barking about this one long before he made a facile hurdling bow at Ffos Las and he has more than lived up to the positive chatter. Philip Hobbs’ inmate is already a Grade One scorer and possesses that all-important course know-how, having claimed three wins at Cheltenham this winter.
Native River (Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, Friday): He might not be a ‘sexy’ horse, but does he get the j ob done. The Hennessy and Welsh National hero lacks the superstar status of the sidelined Thistlecrack, but staying prowess is almost as important as class in the Gold Cup. Trainer Colin Tizzard will no better than anyone that he fulfils every possible criteria need to win the big one.