Nigel Twiston-Davies has had 17 winners so far at the Cheltenham Festival and - perched up at Naunton within breathing distance of the home of jump racing - he understandably gets excited with the prospect of increasing that total.
Ballyandy was on the scoreboard when landing the Champion Bumper 12 months ago and gave encouragement that he can provide another Festival delight when getting his act together in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.
The New One is no stranger to the rigours of the four-day meeting and is set to contend his fourth Champion Hurdle, Flying Angel may try his luck against Altior in the Arkle Chase, Calet Mad could go for the National Hunt Chase and a strong team on the opening day could be completed by Foxtail Hill in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase.
Bristol De Mai, Ballyoptic and Wholestone add further spice on the following days so things could also be looking rosy at Grange Hill Farm later on in the week of the big meeting.
Twiston-Davies said: “The whole world is about Cheltenham Festival winners so I would be very disappointed not to have a winner. As long as they all run well and come back, I would be happy really. There are quite a few you cannot rule out so with luck we will have quite a few winners but you would be very over-optimistic to say it will happen.”
Nigel kindly spoke to Tony Elves of atttheraces.com about those he hopes will keep the flag flying for him at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.