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Calipto Aims To Hand Paul Nicholls First Winner Of Festival In Triumph Hurdle

Friday 14th March 2014

Paul Nicholls has failed to get on the scoresheet at this year's Cheltenham Festival, but the Ditcheat maestro will fancy his chances of finally breaking his Prestbury Park duck for 2014 when he saddles the exciting, unbeaten Calipto in what is a fascinating renewal of the JCB Triumph Hurdle, which kick-starts the final day of the meeting.

A brace of impressive victories at Newbury have seen the son of Califet propel to the head of the betting for this Grade One event at 1:30pm today and he has shaped as if he could be a star of the future and Nicholls in particular will hope that his youngster can launch him into the winner's enclosurer.

Big Buck's was Nicholls' most high profile runner of the week and as he bowed out after failing to land his fifth World Hurdle crown, the Somerset yard will want a timely lift and Calipto could well provide that success before the team unleash Silviniaco Conti in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup later on in the afternoon.

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