Cheltenham Festival News

Bob Olinger set to head straight to Cheltenham

Tue 25 Jan 2022

Bob Olinger looks set to bypass the Dublin Racing Festival and head straight to Cheltenham in March.

The seven-year-old landed the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle in brilliant style at the Cheltenham Festival last year and is two from two over fences from both starts this term.

His latest chasing success came in Grade Three company at Punchestown earlier this month, after which the big Leopardstown meeting was mentioned as a possibility before the Cheltenham Festival.

But De Bromhead told The Irish Times: “It’s nothing to do with ground, it’s just timing. He’s unlikely now to be honest (to go to Leopardstown). He’ll go straight to Cheltenham and it’s highly likely to be the Marsh (Turners Novices’ Chase).”

On the general form of his yard, the County Waterford trainer added: “I wouldn’t say we’re all guns blazing but I also think a lot of it is we just haven’t got the bounce of the ball.

“We’re obviously not on full cylinders. But with a good few of them I just felt we weren’t getting the bounce of the ball. We could have had four other winners at Christmas, three of them on the last day.

“And if A Plus Tard had won the Savills we’d be told we were having a brilliant Christmas.”

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