Joseph O'Brien has just two runners on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival but he's hopeful that one of them is one of his best chances of the whole week...
"We think the stronger test of stamina that this race will present will very much suit and we’ve put cheekpieces on him for the first time to sharpen him up."
- Joseph O'Brien on Busselton
Stronger test of stamina to suit
Busselton is a horse we've always liked. He has run very well in his two starts for us considering neither race really panned out ideally for him. The Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting was very slowly run and while he ran well to finish second, he would prefer a much stronger test of stamina than that race represented.
In the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival, he lost his position mid-race before finishing off quite well. We think the stronger test of stamina that this race will present will very much suit and we've put cheekpieces on him for the first time to sharpen him up. It's always hard to be confident in this sort of company, but we are hopeful that he is one of our better chances of the week.
Still improving and we're hopeful he can run well
Druid's Altar has plenty of experience over hurdles, but in fairness to him he seems to still be improving based on his most recent win at Naas. He'll enjoy the test of stamina that this race will present and while he might be vulnerable to those that are less exposed than himself, I'd be hopeful that he can run well.