Irish Examiner - Racing - - CHELTENHAM PREVIEW 2017 -

Melon: “Ob­vi­ously his lack of ex­pe­ri­ence is a con­cern but we won the Nep­tune with a horse called Five­forthree who had only had one run go­ing there. It is 25 years since that hap­pened in the Supreme so of course it’s a con­cern, you’d pre­fer if he had three runs but he hasn’t so we’ve done plenty of school­ing with him at home and hope­fully that will be enough.”

Vroum Vroum Mag: “She was very dis­ap­point­ing at Don­caster, on that per­for­mance she wouldn’t win an ar­gu­ment but we think she got a bit of a cold on the trip over. She looks a lot bet­ter now, she’s work­ing very well. I’d be dis­ap­pointed if she got beat, she’s a hell of a mare.”

Bac­ardys: “He won the Grade One Deloitte at Leop­ard­stown last time out. He didn’t have an ideal prepa­ra­tion so wouldn’t have been ex­pected to win but he won well. I think he’ll im­prove plenty from that.”

Yorkhill: “He was very im­pres­sive in the Nep­tune last year. He has a good bit of pace, j umps well, he’s com­ing into form at the right time. I’ll be dis­ap­pointed if he gets beat.”

Un De Sceaux: “A solid horse, very good course form. He won the Arkle, he was sec­ond to Sprinter Sacre last year. The step up in trip will help him, any ease in the ground would be a big help as well. He’s been very good so far this year. He’s much more re­laxed than he used to be, he’s def­i­nitely more tractable these days and he goes there with a hell of a chance.”

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