Santini heads nine entries for Paddy Power Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham but Delta Work unlikely to line up
- Delta Work and Santini are rising forces on the jump racing scene
- The pair finished second and third respectively in the RSA Chase last year
- Both horses are a best-priced 9-1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 13
Santini heads the nine entries for the Paddy Power Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday but fellow entry Delta Work looks unlikely to line up.
The pair finished second and third respectively behind the currently sidelined Topofthegame in the RSA Chase at last season’s Cheltenham Festival.
Both horses are a best-priced 9-1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 13.
Delta Work (nearest) looks unlikely to line up in the Paddy Power Cotswold Chase on Saturday
Delta Work and Santini are rising forces on the jump racing scene but Gordon Elliott is expected to give Delta Work his last run before the Festival in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown a week on Sunday.
Eddie O’Leary, manager for Delta Work’s owners Gigginstown House Stud, said: “I’d say Gordon is just keeping his options open. I think Delta Work is more likely to go back to Leopardstown for the Irish Gold Cup.”
Nicky Henderson-trained Santini has not run since making a successful reappearance at Sandown in early.
Elliott has also entered Alpha Des Obeaux in the Cotswold Chase, while Ellmarie Holden’s stable star Ex Patriot is another potential Irish challenger.
Bristol De Mai is likely to represent Nigel Twiston-Davies, Mick Channon could saddle Mister Whitaker and Colin Tizzard is considering pitching in the novice Slate House.
The latter won the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton on his latest appearance.
Joe Tizzard, assistant to his father, said: “He has been entered in the Cotswold Chase and we will look at the race and make a plan.
“Of course this would require another step up as he is only a second-season novice, but he did have that experience over fences last season, which has helped “It could be a nice option for him, but if the race looks really hot we could go to Ascot for the Reynoldstown or come back to two and a half miles for the Scilly Isles at Sandown.”
The possible field is completed by Emma Lavelle’s Ladbrokes Trophy hero De Rasher Counter and Top Ville Ben from Phil Kirby’s yard.