Doncaster test for Swnymor
Tim Vaughan is hoping Swnymor can book his place at Cheltenham with a confidence-boosting win at Doncaster today.
The Welsh trainer is looking at the JCB Triumph Hurdle as the most likely target for the four-year-old gelding should he come through this test with flying colours.
Swnymor was last seen falling at the final flight when leading in the Grade One Finale Hurdle at Chepstow in early January after making a successful debut over jumps at Newbury.
"We're hoping it all goes well. The idea is to get his confidence back after his fall in the Grade One at Chepstow," said Vaughan.
Opposition in a field of nine includes the Alan King-trained pair of King Of Dudes and Uriah Heep.
A previous Festival winner in action at the Yorkshire course is the Philip Hobbs-trained Cheltenian in the novice hurdle over two miles.
Last seen winning the Champion Bumper in March 2011, the former Liz Doyle inmate is primed to have his first race over jumps in what looks a very competitive contest.
At Wetherby yesterday, John Ferguson's exciting Flat recruit Whispering Gallery (8/15 favourite) maintained his unbeaten record over obstacles with a smooth victory in the novice hurdle but his trainer is keeping his Cheltenham options open. Ridden confidently throughout by Denis O'Regan, the son of Daylami's hurdling was not always fluent, but still won easily.