NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIEScomes out fightingcomes fighting NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES BUILDING TO A CRESCENDO Cheltenham's preparations for the festival ES With 23 days to go, Peter Thomas checks on It's all in your 16-page weekly supplement inside FEVER PITCH King star Balder Succes bang on target for Ryanair Chase after shining at Ascot, page 2 Mullins ace Champagne cut to 5-1 for wide-open Champion Chase after Gowran success, page 3 Lie Forrit
brings the house down at Haydock with emotional success for Russell, page 4 TODAY'S CARDS VVNAVAN 1.
He has been placed on seven of his last 10 starts, including when just beaten by Lie Forrit
in this race 12 months ago.
IT IS a big day for our yard as the hugely popular Lie Forrit
bids for glory in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr.
edged out Harry The Viking in a thriller to the Haydock Grand National Trial yesterday - but it's the Scottish version he's being aimed at not Aintree.
However, Lie Forrit
responded valiantly to Buchanan's urgings in the final furlong and stayed on gamely to deny his rival by a head in a memorable finish.
Russell, landing the prize for a third time in recent years after Silver By Nature completed a back-to-back double in 2011, said: "Lie Forrit
is a remarkable little horse and this is his third win of the season, so I couldn't be more proud of him.
Monbeg Dude has been given a chance by the handicapper although he is still 6lbs higher than when last successful and marginal preference goes to Lie Forrit
Meanwhile, Lie Forrit
possibly booked his ticket for the Scottish Grand National with an all-the-way win in the Royal Caledonian Hunt Veterans' Handicap Chase at Kelso.
Willie Amos has found his pride and joy Lie Forrit
the perfect opportunity to secure his second victory over fences in the Best Odds At BetVictor.
LUCINDA Russell's Bold Sir Brian proved too strong for favourite Lie Forrit
in the Ashleybank Investments Reg & Betty Tweedie Novices' Chase at Kelso yesterday.
No doubting the star attraction at Kelso as Lie Forrit
bids to make it two from two over fences in the Ashleybank Investments Reg & Betty Tweedie Novices' Chase.
For Willie Amos, it will be a major chance to give his big festival hope Lie Forrit
a vital run after bearing the brunt of the big freeze in the Scottish Highlands.