Lord Windermere set for Cheltenham Gold Cup
Jim Culloty is hoping that a return to Cheltenham will bring about a return to form for Lord Windermere.
Last Updated: 08/03/14 6:43pm
The eight-year-old, who is races in the colours of Dr Ronan Lambe, is no stranger to success at the Festival having been successful in the Grade One RSA Chase a year ago, when he proved a length and three-quarters too strong for Lyreen Legend.
So far this season things have not fallen into place for Lord Windermere - he was eighth behind Triolo D'Alene at Newbury, seventh behind Bobs Worth in the Lexus Chase and sixth to Last Instalment last time out in the Irish Hennessy Gold Cup on February 9. However, Culloty is hopeful a return to Cheltenham will re-ignite his charge.
Culloty, who trains in Churchtown, County Cork, said today: "I am happy with Lord Windermere and he likes Cheltenham.
"I wish I was going to Cheltenham with a better run under his belt but for various reasons things have just not gone right for him this season.
"There is nothing wrong with him and he is going to Cheltenham in good old form. He likes Cheltenham and we will see how we get on. The perfect ground for him would be what he encountered last year, which is the easy side of good. It might be a bit faster than ideal for him next week but as long as it is not proper quick he will be running."
When reminded of the fact that is the 10th anniversary of Best Mate's third victory, Culloty replied: "It feels like yesterday! Where do the years go?"