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Geraghty hoping to make Bobs worth it

Barry Geraghty will have two good reasons to celebrate should Bobs Worth win the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham tomorrow.

The Irish ace not only rides the six-year-old, he also bought the horse as a yearling and sold him on to trainer Nicky Henderson.

Bobs Worth is favourite to take this three-mile contest on the back of a hat-trick of successes over hurdles and goes for this race rather than the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle over a shorter distance earlier in the week.

"We are going for the three-miler now and it looks a lesser race in fairness," said Geraghty.

"It`s just with the drying ground, if he made a mistake he might find it hard to get back into the race and now he`ll have more time to recover.

"I bought him as a yearling and sold him to Nicky as a four-year-old. Nobody has told me if there is a bonus if he wins!"

Martin Keighley reports Champion Court to be back to his best after being under par when well-beaten behind Bobs Worth at Cheltenham in January.

"Obviously he was wrong last time when he ran. All my horses are back in good form and he worked very well in a racecourse gallop round Newbury a little while ago," said the Condicote trainer

"He seems in top form so hopefully he can go there with a live chance.

"The ground should be fine. There is some rain forecast and Cheltenham can often miss it, but it does come it wouldn't worry me."

Tim Vaughan has gone close to a Festival success with two seconds this week and he is optimistic of a good run from Our Island.

"He's had a lovely preparation going into it. He's won two from two. I think he'll love the trip, he'll love the track and if any rain came overnight it would not inconvenience him one bit," said the Vale of Glamorgan trainer.

"I would like to see a bit of rain, but he did win a point-to-point on good ground. He'll be suited by a good, strong gallop and he's going in the right direction.

"It's a super competitive field and it's anyone's guess who'll come out on top, but our lad's in top form."

Emma Lavelle reports Court In Motion to be in tip-top shape and she is hoping the rain arrives.

"He's in fantastic order and there's a bit of rain forecast that should make the ground a little softer which will help him," said the Andover trainer.

"I don't think he wants it bottomless over three miles, but just a nice bit of cut would be perfect.

"Hopefully the ground and the trip will play to his strengths and I couldn`t be happier with how he is."

Noel Meade would like to see soft ground for his runner, Fully Funded.

"He was a very decent Flat horse in France. He`s not had it easy because he had a problem with his back, but we think we`ve got that sorted now," said the County Meath trainer.

"He seems back to his self at home, but the problem now is he must have soft ground."

Nigel Twiston-Davies is hoping inexperience will not count against the highly-regarded Sybarite, who has had just the two runs over hurdles.

"He's a horse I really like a lot but he's very inexperienced," said the Naunton trainer.

"In future he's going to be a lovely horse and I've made no secret of what I feel about him, but tomorrow might just come a bit soon for him. It won't be the be-all and end-all, put it that way.

"He'll run a good race, but whatever race he comes back for next year I expect him to be bang there. He'll be going over fences, he looks made for them."

@Press Association