One of the oddities of the jump racing calendar is that its two big festivals, Cheltenham and Aintree, fall within a short space of one another.
Much debate over the next few days will still revolve around horses that are due to run at Liverpool and whether they will have actually ‘recovered’ in time from Prestbury Park.
Every year, some horses don’t show the same form at Aintree as they did at Cheltenham, but this can be for a variety of reasons and others will thrive between the two Festivals, sometimes a promising run at the former merely signposts an even better display on Merseyside.
Here, Sky Sports Racing’s Mike Cattermole has shortlisted 10 horses that caught his eye at the Cheltenham Festival and can be expected to go on to even better things at the Grand National Meeting.
Brio Conti (FR)
|16 Feb 2019:||Ascot - Ascot Supports Berkshire Community Foundation Handicap Hurdle (2m 3½f)|
Clan Des Obeaux (FR)
Clondaw Castle (IRE)
|2 Nov 2019:||Ascot - Byrne Group Handicap Chase (Listed) (2m 1f)|
|16 Dec 2017:||Doncaster - Bet365 Novices' Hurdle (2m ½f)|
Dallas Des Pictons (FR)
|26 Dec 2018:||Leopardstown - Thorntons Recycling Maiden Hurdle (2m)|
|10 Nov 2018:||Naas - Padraig Fitzgerald Memorial Maiden Hurdle (2m 3f)|
|22 Dec 2018:||Ascot - My Pension Expert Handicap Chase (2m 3f)|
|4 Feb 2018:||Leopardstown - Chanelle Pharma Handicap Chase (Grade A) (2m 5f)|
Lough Derg Spirit (IRE)
Us And Them
|26 Dec 2018:||Leopardstown - Racing Post Novice Chase (Grade 1) (2m 1f)|
|8 Dec 2018:||Navan - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Klairon Davis Novice Chase (Grade 3) (2m 1f)|
|11 Nov 2018:||Navan - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase (2m 1f)|
|29 Oct 2018:||Wexford - IRIS First For Racing Footage In Ireland Beginners Chase (2m)|
|28 Dec 2017:||Limerick - Irish Independent Hurdle (Grade 3) (2m)|
Vintage Clouds (IRE)
|27 Dec 2018:||Chepstow - Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (3m 5½f)|
|6 Jan 2018:||Chepstow - Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (3m 5½f)|
Verdana Blue (IRE)
|16 Jun 2020:||Ascot - Ascot Stakes (Handicap) (2m 4f)|
|1 May 2019:||Ascot - Longines Sagaro Stakes (Group 3) (2m)|
|23 Dec 2017:||Ascot - Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (1m 7½f)|