Joe Tizzard: “We’re looking forward to running Eldorado Allen”
Coral ambassador Joe Tizzard gives the lowdown on the team’s Cheltenham Festival day three runners
Eldorado Allen has had a terrific season, winning the Haldon Gold Cup on his first start, and then improving again when stepping up in trip at Newbury last month.
He’s won around here as a novice chaser, was second in last year’s Arkle, and the rain that fell on Wednesday won’t do his chances any harm either.
Clearly last year’s winner Allaho will be a tough nut to crack, but they’re sure to go a good pace here, and having proved he got three miles last time, he’ll have no problem getting this 2m 5f trip off a strong pace.
Like a few of ours this week I think he’s got a cracking each-way chance, we’re really looking forward to this.
Slate House has got into this race down the bottom of the handicap, and while he’s not performing to the level he was when he was a Grade One winning novice, that does mean he’s dropped to a mark that he can be competitive off.
Putting the blinkers on him seem to have woken him up, so while he’s an outsider here, all the owners are here this week and he deserves to take his chance having got in the race.
Similar comments apply to Elegant Escape here. Two years ago he was running in his second Gold Cup, but he’s dropped down the handicap to the point where this race became a viable option, and it’s great of the owner to give Thomasina [Eyston] a ride in the race.
We’ve put the blinkers back on him, and if the occasion lights him up he could have a small each-way chance, and he won’t mind any easing in the ground either.
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