‘The road to Cheltenham starts here’ – returning heroes go back to work on Sunday 🏆

There’s some extra flavour to the racing on Sunday as two Cheltenham Festival winners return to the track. The road back to Cheltenham in March begins here for these heroes. Winning is what they do and both will be aiming to return with a bang. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing. Follow us on Twitter @myracingtips to stay up to date and get in touch.

1.08 Huntingdon

Pentland Hills did the famous Cheltenham and Aintree double as juvenile back in 2019. This secured his status as the cream of the juvenile crop in that year. Grade 1-placed chaser Coeur Sublime was a comfortable three lengths behind in Cheltenham’s Triumph Hurdle. Nicky Henderson’s charge then went on to beat Fakir D’oudairies at Aintree and we all know how classy that animal is. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of these performances is that they were just his second and third hurdles starts. A 927-day injury lay-off has stalled his career but he showed plenty of fight to win on the Flat last month. Makes his chasing debut now against the useful Aucunrisque and has a great chance at the weights.

2.30 Carlisle

Corach Rambler is a much more recent Festival winner, having won the Ultima Handicap Chase in March. We haven’t seen him since which is a shame given the impressive nature of that victory. It was a very competitive race and he made it look easy. He shows a particular liking for the stiff finish at Cheltenham and is two from two there. Carlisle has a similarly stiff uphill finish which is a big plus, especially over this shorter trip. There will be plenty more to come from him over longer distances but it’s exciting to see this useful prospect back.

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