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High hopes for Tartak at Cheltenham

Last Updated: 12/12/12 5:01pm

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Tartak: Cheltenham hopeful

Tartak: Cheltenham hopeful

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Tim Vaughan believes Tartak has dropped to a winnable mark ahead of his run in Saturday's Paul Stewart IronSpine Charity Challenge Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

The nine-year-old has competed at Grade One level with credit on a number of occasions down the years for Tom George and was a winner over this weekend's course and distance at the start of this year.

He ran well on his debut for Vaughan at the Festival and again here in October and the Welsh handler is looking forward to a return to Prestbury Park.

"He's all set to run and I just hope it's on with all the frost there is around," said Vaughan.

"He's in good fettle and I was happy with his run at Cheltenham in October. The race on Saturday is a bit further, an extra furlong or so, and that will definitely help him.

"He's won on a mix of ground so I'm not too worried about that, I'd be more worried about the opposition.

"The handicapper has relented a bit and he is getting to the sort of mark where a win should be up his street. Whether that is on Saturday or not, I don't know. Let's just hope he runs a good race."

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