| 8.4°C Belfast

Coeur Sublime a tasty shout to upset odds

NI at Cheltenham

The Unibet Champion Hurdle features on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival and Kevin Ross' Coeur Sublime takes part.

Bought by the Glengormley bloodstock agent for owner Chris Jones, the horse opened his account over hurdles at Down Royal in 2018 and again showed his liking for the Lisburn venue when winning at last year's festival.

Darver Star won at Downpatrick in August of last year but has progressed and is included in today's field.

Trainer Gavin Cromwell knows what it takes to claim the hurdling crown having won last year's renewal with the ill-fated Espoir D'Allen. Sharjah disappointed when only third of four runners at the 2018 Maze Festival behind Bedrock.

Petit Mouchoir won on his debut in a Kirkistown point to point while Ballyandy is another product of the local points circuit and has proved ultra consistent for trainer Nigel Twiston- Davies. The last named at 20/1 and Coeur Sublime at 16/1 offer good each way value to current favourite Epatante.

Allart (1.30) and Galvin (4.50) were sourced and bought by Ballymena trainer Ian Ferguson for leading owner Ronnie Bartlett.

Cogry is another horse to have been produced in the province by Templepatrick trainer Colin McKeever and has proven ultra-consistent for his connections, winning nine races and over £250,000 in prize money.

Honeysuckle, produced by Banbridge trainer Gerry Cosgrave, is unbeaten in her seven races for new trainer Henry de Bromhead and is capable of beating favourite Benie Des Dieux in the mares hurdle.

A group of Ulster businessmen bought Ravenhill trained by Gordon Elliott and the locally-bred horse has done them proud, finishing runner-up in the Kerry National and a close fifth in the Galway Plate, and the Ravenhill Syndicate could land the finale run over a marathon trip for amateur riders.

CHELTENHAM SELECTIONS: 1.30: Elixir D'ainay; 2.10: Fakir D'oudairies; 2.50: Cogry; 3.30: Coeur Sublime; 4.10: Honeysuckle; 4.50: Galvin; 5.30: Ravenhill

Belfast Telegraph