The best of Bri­tish

Irish Examiner - Racing - - CHELTENHAM PREVIEW 2017 - Rain fore­cast, which is good news.

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.

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