Cheltenham festival clues could emerge from Tuesday’s rescheduled Navan card, although the biggest pointer of all may be indirectly through a win for Darasso in the Grade Two feature. JP McManus’s stalwart had the thankless task of chasing home Teahupoo at Gowran on Saturday.
The latter’s impressive display saw him cut to 8-1 for the Champion Hurdle in three weeks’ time and his chances of dethroning Honeysuckle could get a quick form-boost in the BetVictor Boyne Hurdle.
Darasso had been declared to run in the race on Sunday so the cancellation due to waterlogging has given him an extra 48 hours to recover from his Gowran exertions. With only 4mm of rain anticipated overnight the meeting looks set to take place and Darasso boasts encouraging form on heavy ground throughout his career.
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