Oscar Whisky strengthened his claims for what will probably be a tilt at the Jewson Novices' Chase at the Festival with a clear-cut defeat of Taquin Du Seuil at Cheltenham...
Taquin Du Seuil, ridden by Tony McCoy, nodded on landing jumping the last but it is difficult to imagine that the result was affected as Oscar Whisky always looked to be in control, registering a cosy three-quarter length success.
Nicky Henderson is ready to give Oscar Whisky another outing ahead of the Festival, and said: "He was good all the way round and Barry was very clever not to force it early on.
"Barry has taken it easy coming down the hill which was very sensible. Remembering he wasn't that far off Champion Hurdle class we'll put him in the Arkle as well, and that would be an option if it came up soft.
"He's a stuffy horse so we'll probably give him another run. It could be in the Scilly Isles (at Sandown)."
Geraghty said: "He was good here the last day and while I can't say he wants that kind of ground he showed his class."