Murphy to switch Quito
Colm Murphy's dual Grade Two winner Quito De La Roque is poised to run in the four-mile National Hunt Chase rather than the RSA Chase.
The seven-year-old has only been beaten once over fences, and that was by Bostons Angel in the Grade One Fort Leney Novice Chase. He is one of a number of leading chances for Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud at Cheltenham next week.
"I'd say it's more than likely that he'll run in the four-miler," said Murphy. "I've been absolutely delighted with him this season, he's always looked a chaser."
On the going front, there was good news for Murphy last night as Cheltenham clerk Simon Claisse reported that up to 15mm of rain could fall before the start of the Festival. The track has had no rainfall for the last eight days yet Claisse is happy with conditions, which he left as good to soft on the chase and hurdle course and good to soft, soft in places on the cross-country track.
"What will come will come, but if the forecasts are right we wouldn't dream of watering," Claisse stated. "It's good to soft now and we'd be that with some soft in places by racing, but one doesn't want to put too much store by the forecasts."