Simply The Betts team sweet on chances
Harry Whittington rates Simply The Betts his best chance of gaining a Cheltenham Festival success from the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase.
The Sparsholt handler believes the seven-year-old can continue his progression over fences at the extended two-and-a-half-mile Grade Three decoration, for.
The Kate and Andrew bounced back to winning ways with a remarkable victory on the Plate path and distance last time out after dropping his unbeaten record over fences in Kempton on Boxing Day.
Whittington explained:”Simply The Betts has a terrific chance at the Plate. He’s improved beyond all recognition all season, coming via the handicaps.
“My dream strategy was supposed to win the Northern Trust Novices’ Handicap, however was blown out of the water after he won last time in Cheltenham.
“We are in the Plate away 149 and we have got every opportunity – hopefully he is still advancing and is now ahead of the handicapper.
“He’s unexposed and he’s course and space winning type, therefore we go there with lots of confidence.”
Whittington could be on the scoresheet before Simply The Betts takes to the trail must Rouge Vif build in Warwick at the Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase to his victory in the Kingmaker.
He explained:”He was so excellent at Warwick and we expected he might do this as we have a great deal of faith . He’s in fantastic shape and he will possess one gallop.
“He’s battled hardened and he has got lots of experience now. It is a wide open race and you’re able to make a case for some of them.
“Hopefully he’ll run a huge race, which he should do when he turns up in great shape on the afternoon since he gives you what.”
After failing to produce the frame in both the Queen Mother Champion Chase along with the 2018 Arkle 12 months ago, saint Calvados will attempt to make it third time on the table at the Ryanair Chase.
He added:”Saint Calvados belongs into the Ryanair Chase as a horse. We did think about going to the Ascot Chase, however it had been going right-handed on analyzing ground.
“He’s proved he is better when he has a difference between races. He’s going left-handed again, around a course he has been operating season.”
He admits he faces a difficult task if he is to add at the course to his win this season while Whittington feels Saint Calvados isn’t any forlorn hope.
He added:”The weight-carrying functionality on New Year’s Day in Cheltenham was strong. He will be there or thereabouts if we can ride him to stay.
“Henry de Bromhead’s horse (A Plus Tard) looks the one to conquer we proceed with a chance, but it will be tough back off level weights.”