All the talk in the yard recently has been about Cheltenham so it was a big blow to discover that Movewiththetimes was slightly lame behind after a routine canter yesterday (Sun) morning.
It looks like he has pulled a muscle and while it is not serious it is enough to force him out of the Supreme Novices Hurdle, the first race of the meeting on Tuesday. I am really gutted as Movewiththetimes has been so good over hurdles and looked to have one of our best chances of the week. With a bit of luck he could be back in time for Aintree or Punchestown. If not then he is one to look forward to next season.
With dry weather forecast over the next few days the better ground should suit the majority of our team which could stretch to nineteen or twenty runners over the four days. While we we lack genuine Grade 1 contenders for the championship races we are taking a number of horses to the Festival with each way chances if the dice rolls our way. One I fancied on the opening day was Romain de Senam in the Close Brothers Handicap Chase, but unfortunately he was balloted out of the race which is hugely disappointing given that conditions at the track are ideal for him.
For the up to date news on all my runners at the Festival please turn to my Betfair column late each afternoon on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.