Which Red will Charlie Mann be turning this weekend at the opening meeting at the Prestbury track for Cheltenham s opening meeting of the new season on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17.
Flamboyant trainer Charlie Mann may well be wearing Red this weekend as his promising chaser, Red Admiral will seek to maintain his perfect record over fences at The Showcase. Charlie Manns exciting prospect is entered in both the 20,000 WBX.com Novices Chase (2.55pm) over two miles on Friday, and Saturdays two and a half-mile 12,000 Christmas Party Nights At Cheltenham Novices Chase (5.00pm). The seven-year-old made a winning chase debut at Hereford in April and, following a summer holiday, returned to action with an impressive victory over an extended two and a half miles at Huntingdon on August 31, defeating Robert The Brave without coming off the bridle.
Mann will consider both Cheltenham races before deciding which one Red Admiral will contest and lets hope he gets it right as we dont want him to be seeing Red!
The Lambourn trainer revealed this morning: Red Admiral will definitely run in one of the novice chases but I am yet to decide which one. It depends on what is running. There are a lot of horses entered in both races and, as it stands, the two and a half mile race looks stronger than the two-miler.
He is in good order and will go for one of them. He is an ex-Godolphin horse and he jumps beautifully for an ex-Flat horse - he is a very good jumper. He has looked pretty good so far and it is a natural progression to go to a better track now. He is amazing over his fences, so I am sure - touch wood - that he will jump around Cheltenham . He likes the ground, so it should not be a problem.
Mann is also looking forward to saddling Gaora Lane at The Showcase, and he hopes the eight-year-old can go one place better than the runner-up berth he filled in the 2008 renewal of Fridays 11,000 Softrack Amateur Riders Handicap Chase (5.15pm), run over an extended three miles. Mann said: Gaora Lane was second in the race last year and he will most likely run. Derek OConnor is coming over from Ireland to ride him. He is in good order and he likes it around Cheltenham .