Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Because back at Cheltenham

Becauseicouldntsee

Becauseicouldntsee and Crash both make the journey from Ireland for Friday's Majordomo Hospitality Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

Noel Glynn's Becauseicouldntsee has made two previous appearances at Prestbury Park, finishing second on both occasions, including at the Festival in March.

Crash represents the Michael Hourigan stable but competes from 5lb out of the handicap and was last seen pulling up at Navan last month.

Neil Mulholland is hopeful a return to Cheltenham will help Midnight Chase return to winning ways on Friday. The 10-year-old has a fearsome course record, having won five times from nine starts at the track.

He has also finished fifth and seventh in the last two renewals of the Gold Cup. Having finished third behind Silviniaco Conti on his seasonal return in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, Midnight Chase takes a significant drop in class for the Majordomo Hospitality Handicap Chase.

"We're looking forward to getting back to Cheltenham with him. He obviously loves it round there and the ground is lovely at the moment," said Mulholland.

"He won this race two years ago and he's going there in good order. He has to give weight all round but at least he is meeting his opponents on the right terms, where as he has been wrong at the weights in some of the conditions races he's been running in. We'll see how he gets on but the plan at the moment is for him to go back to Cheltenham in January for the Argento Chase and then to either Cheltenham or Aintree in the spring."

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