Ryanair the Cheltenham target for Tartak after Newbury win

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

Tom George reported Tartak could line up for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival meeting after the horse won the Grade 2 Peterborough Chase at Newbury on Wednesday.

Bookmaker William Hill quoted odds of 20/1 for the Cheltenham race after jockey Paddy Brennan rallied Tartak to beat Paul Nicholl’s Breedsbreeze by half a length in the 2m 4f feature race.

The race was marred by the tragic death of Twisted Magic, whose fatal fall when leading at the second last left his stablemate Breedsbreeze in front. Tartak had looked outpaced from three out, but stayed on to lead near the finish at odds of 11/4.

Tartak was winning on his second appearance of the season having finished 29 lengths third to Monet’s Garden over 2m 4f at Aintree on his seasonal debut at Aintree in October.

George believes his seven-year-old will stay 3 miles and has his eye on the three mile contest at Aintree in April with a tilt at the 2m 5f Ryanair Chase on day three of the Cheltenham Festival also on the cards.

George said after the race: ”This horse deserved a big one. He has been a bit ring-rusty at this time of year before but is sharper now.

"I think he'll get three miles at Aintree and the meeting in April will be his big target, but we will think about the Ryanair at Cheltenham."

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