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Guitar Pete can hit the high notes for Templepatrick's Sloan family

By Ron McKnight

Templepatrick couple Joe and Pat Sloan are doubly represented in the Grade Three Handicap Chase on day three of Cheltenham with The Storyteller and Guitar Pete aiming for glory.

The Storyteller is trained by Gordon Elliott, who supplied the owners with their initial Festival victory with Flaxen Flare in 2013.

While he is a high-class youngster, there are some reservations regarding the current going. According to Joe Sloan, Guitar Pete, trained by Nicky Richards, "has been there (Cheltenham) and done it over hurdles and fences" and so gets the preference.

Ballybolley and Ballyalton, meanwhile, started their career in Ulster point-to-points.

The opening JLT Novices' Chase holds plenty of interest for locals. Benatar supplied a winner in her first run for Ballyclare's Karen McNeilly before being sold to Gary Moore.

Snow Falcon represents Belfast's Hunt family and is the first of trainer Noel Meade's runners at this year's Festival.

Finian's Oscar won a Portrush point-to-point on his debut prior to his sale to the Potts family and trainer Colin Tizzard.

Shattered Love was runner-up in the graded mares contest at the 2016 Down Royal Festival.

A Great View opened his account over fences at Down Royal last year and is one of a quartet of JP McManus runners in the Pertemps Hurdle.

Armagh jockey Brian Hughes is seeking his second Festival success following the victory of Mister Whitaker on day one.

Hughes renews his partnership with rookie Ruth Jefferson following their emotional victory with Waiting Patiently after the death of her father Malcom.

While Mall Dini is taken to double Pat Kelly's score this week in the Kim Muir Chase - Double Ross was bred in Ballyclare - The Young Master represents Glenavy trainer Neill Mulholland, and Ulster-born David Maxwell partners Fermanagh-trained Marinero.

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