Reporter Cieran Faulder catches up with racehorse owner Dave Armstrong, who’s delighted that one of his mounts may well be competing in one of horse racing’s biggest events, the Gold Cup at Cheltenham, in March.
FORMER Willie Mullins recruit Yorkhill is taking on some of the best chasers in racing and if all goes well, he will be heading to one of the most elite events in racing, The Gold Cup at The Cheltenham Festival.
His owner, Dave Armstrong said: “If hypothetically, he wins, finishes second or even just has a good run, he will be going to The Festival, and by that I mean the Gold Cup.”
The 11-year-old heads to Cheltenham this weekend on the back of a win at Newcastle, where he won the Betfair Exchange Rehearsal Handicap at astonishing 66/1 odds.
The bookies didn’t fancy Yorkhill that day on the back of a poor previous run, where he pulled up just under three furlongs out.
But the gelding, produced by sire Presenting, proved those doubters wrong and his co-owner Dave Armstrong hopes he can prove them wrong again.
“They don’t fancy us in the betting but then again, they didn’t last time when we won at 66/1!” Said Armstrong.
There is some fierce competition in this year’s Cotswold Chase, which includes last year’s winner and Gold Cup runner-up, Santini.
“I’m not sure if Santini will run… Will Yala Enki run? He’ll be doing well to run two hard races in three weeks.” Said Dave.
The field also includes King George winner Bristol De Mai, former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River, and most recent winner Yala Enki alongside Saint Calvados, The Conditional and Lakeview Lad.