Presteigne's Kerry Lee eyes Cheltenham festival


Jonny Drury

PRESTEIGNE trainer Kerry Lee may only have the one runner at Cheltenham Festival next week as she eyes her first festival win.

Lee took over the reigns from father Richard last year, and enjoyed a stellar first season.

This year, she has again had success on the track, and did have a number of horses listed to be running next week.

However, speaking to the County Times this week, Lee confirmed only Gino Trail in the Arkle on Tuesday is a confirmed runner.

She added there may be others going, however ruled out Kylemore Lough, who ran at Cheltenham back in January.

She said: “We’re very much looking forward to it but we are unsure how many will run.

“We have Gino Trail definately down to run in the Arkle. It has an each way chance at about 33/1, but Altoir is a good horse.

“That is the only one we are confirming at the moment.

“Kylemore Lough, Grey Gold and Happy Diva aren’t running at all, but we will have to wait and see if there is softer ground.”

Lee said she is looking further than next week’s festival, after having Bishop’s Road confirmed for the Grand National at Aintree in April.

She added: “We are looking forward to a number of events, Punchestown, and Aintree.

“I think sometimes you need to look elsewhere, not just Cheltenham. We are pleased to have Bishop’s Road confirmed, and we always look forward to Aintree.”

James and Jean Potter will have Two Taffs running in the final race on the opening day of the festival.

Yanworth, sired from Norse Dancer, of Yorton Farm Stud at Leighton, will be running in the Champion Hurdle. 

See full story in the County Times

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