Ryanair Favourite Poquelin Likely To Go Straight To Festival.

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Tagged under: 2.40 Ryanair Chase 2m 5f ( Festival Trophy Chase ) Grade 1

While Menorah and Master Minded grabbed all the headlines after recording smooth victories on a day of outstanding national hunt action at Cheltenham, a fantastic weight carrying performance by Paquelin in the Vote J P Gold Cup perhaps failed to get the recognition it so richly deserved.

Under a burdon of 11s 7lb ( including Ian Popham's 5lb allowance ) the Paul Nicholl's trained gelding stayed on too strongly for Great Endeavour, to whom he was conceding 16lb, elevating the 7 year-old to clear 6/1 favouritism for the Ryanair Chase at the Festival.

Poquelin's 20 year-old rider was understandably delighted, saying: " I'ts a privilege to ride horses like this and I can't thank Paul and the owners enough."

Second behind Albertas Run in last seasons' Ryanair, the son of Lahint is the 6/1 market leader with Bet365, Boylesport, Paddy Power, Stan James and William Hill, and on yesterday's effort looks the one to beat at this early stage of the season.

Explaining the horses' slightly disappointing run at Cheltenham last month, Nicholl's said: " This is certainly his track, the Paddy Power course ( Old ) seems to get quite testing and this is much more to his liking. He will have a long break before coming back for the Ryanair Chase."

With Master Minded almost certain to go for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, and Long Run appearing to need a flatter track to show his best form, the Ryanair seems tailor made for Poquelin, and the same can also be said of the Henrietta Knight trained Somersby.

Third behind Master Minded in the Kieth Prowse Hospitality Tingle Creek Chase, the 6 year-old never looked happy over the minimum trip, but stayed on stoutly to almost grab second spot from Petit Robin.

After the Grade 1 contest the trainer concluded " it's pretty clear he want's further " and with the Ryanair the obvious long range target, the geldings current odds of 8/1 could look very generous come next March.

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