Frodo able to run a great race says Paul Nicholls

Just the three runners for Paul Nicholls on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, but one of them is a stable star who he thinks can run another great race…

Worked well recently but it’s a hot run

1:30 p.m. – Silent Revolution

He’s a useful prospect who won well on his hurdle debut for us at Newbury in November before having a small problem with a brace that prevented us from giving him another run before Cheltenham. But he did a lot at home and spent a day in Wincanton where he worked well. Obviously, we’re running Silent Revolution in a hot rush, but we’re ready to give it a shot.

Likes the Old Course and can run a great race

14:50 – Frodo

The way the ground dries up in Cheltenham will favor Frodo who looks great, retains all his enthusiasm and worked very well on Saturday morning. It’s a bit of a punt running him into that handicap under max weight but we know he likes to race on the Old Course and it’s the only realistic option for him before the Oaksey Chase he won last April on the final day of the season at Sandown.

Yes it disappointed last time in Leopardstown but some of our guys were below par then and we knew we were in trouble when it rained on a very wet pitch. I’m sure he needs a better pitch these days. While Frodo seems to have a lot to do, he is an amazing horse, continues to surprise us and is able to run another big race.

Do everything right before stable debut

16:50 – Bell Ex One

He’s an interesting Irish recruit, a bit of a dark horse and I don’t really know what to expect when he first leaves for us. He has a 130 rating after winning the hurdles twice in the fall and was also helpful on the flat. He’s tough and consistent, happy with a recent training session at Wincanton, had plenty of races and seems to do everything at home. I put blinders on him to sharpen him up.

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