Monbeg Dude in frame for Cheltenham
Last Updated: 14/10/13 7:43pm
Monbeg Dude (left) outbattles Teaforthree to win the Welsh National
Welsh National winner Monbeg Dude is one of the jumping stars poised to line up at Cheltenham this Saturday.
Last seen pulling up in the Gold Cup, Michael Scudamore's gelding has been given entries in both the Jools Holland Here On 9th November Novices' Hurdle and the Showcase Trophy over fences.
Monbeg Dude was also a course winner in the Murphy Group Handicap Chase at The Open last year and Scudamore said: "The intention is for him to run at Cheltenham, but I haven't decided which option he will take up.
"Hopefully, there will be a bit more rain this week as the softer, the better for him."
Oiseau de Nuit, successful in the 2011 Grand Annual, heads 22 entries for the Equus-Fine Dining At The Festival Handicap Chase, which also includes the likes of last season's Byrne Group Plate runner-up Vino Griego, Tanks For That and French import Vif Argent.
A total of 22 entries for the Showcase Trophy could also see the appearance of 2012 Festival cross-country winner Balthazar King, who seeks a hat-trick in this race and was on the mark in another cross-country event in France recently.
Simon Claisse, the clerk of the course, said: "We were forecast five to six millimetres of rain over the weekend but finished up with 22 and the going is now good all round.
"The current forecast is for unsettled conditions this week."