Cheltenham aim for Oscar G3 winner

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is eyeing a visit to the Cheltenham Festival with Splash Of Ginge (6g Oscar-Land Of Honour, by Supreme Leader) after the six-year-old’s victory in the £152,500 G3 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday.

The son of Oscar defied odds of 33/1 to comfortably win Europe’s richest handicap hurdle under Ryan Hatch and could now line up in the G1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle or G1 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Speaking to the Press Association on Sunday, trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies commented: “That was very pleasing and a very good ride by Ryan. The horse is fine this morning, 100 per cent. He’ll definitely go to Cheltenham, but what race I don’t know yet. It just depends what the handicapper does to him and what the novice hurdles look like etc.”

Splash Of Ginge, who was bred by Stewart Pike, is out of Land Of Honour, an unraced half-sister to Cheltenham Gold Cup winner See More Business.

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