Select team prepared for Cheltenham raid
Last Updated: 30/10/11 11:21am
Loosen My Load will head a small but select team from Henry de Bromhead's Irish stable at Cheltenham's Open meeting next month.
The seven-year-old is being aimed at the feature race of the three-day fixture, the Paddy Power Gold Cup on November 12, for which he is 16-1 with the sponsors.
Third in the Jewson Novices' Chase at this year's Festival in March, Loosen My Load made a winning reappearance at Navan in September before finishing second to West With The Wind at Limerick earlier this month.
"Loosen My Load is in good form at the moment. We decided not to run him at Naas and he will head straight for the Paddy Power," said De Bromhead.
"He was impressive over two and a half miles on his seasonal return at Navan and was third over the same trip in the Jewson Novices' Chase, so it seems to be a distance that suits him well.
"I think that he was just beaten by a good horse at Limerick, but he is definitely a better horse on a faster surface and I would be hopeful that he could run well at the Open meeting."
De Bromhead also intends bringing over Absolutlyfantastic and Fort George, who are pencilled in for the first day of the three-day fixture (November 11).
"We might run Absolutlyfantastic in the Opus Energy Novices' Hurdle. He was beaten by an older horse, who had plenty of experience over hurdles, at Cork and will have come on for the run," De Bromhead went on.
"He won well at Gowran Park before that and he is a horse we think a lot of."
Fort George, fourth in a novice chase at Cheltenham two weeks ago, could replace injured stablemate Sizing Australia in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase.
"Unfortunately Sizing Australia had a setback in September and won't be ready for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, but we hope to run Fort George in the race instead," De Bromhead added.
"We want to give Fort George an introduction to the cross country course and it will be interesting to see how he gets on.
"We have started working him over similar obstacles at home and he seems to be taking to them well.
"There's a gap there with Sizing Australia not going, so we might as well give him a chance."