Paul Nicholls took over the @BetfairRacing feed on Monday night and it was a hugely informative hour with the champion trainer covering a whole host of issues on Cheltenham and beyond. Here are the highlights...
"When asked who is rated as his best chance in any of the handicaps, Paul said Calipto 'will go very well' in the County Hurdle, while his 'dark horse' selection was Keltus in the Novice handicap on day 1."
Silviniaco Conti is looking to continue a fantastic season following victories in the King George and the Betfair Chase at Haydock and Paul was bullish about his stable star's chances in the Gold Cup.
When asked if he was concerned about Conti's lack of success at Cheltenham, Paul stressed that 'records are there to be broken' while adding that everyone at Ditcheat was 'very happy with him'.
He also revealed that the King George success was his highlight of the season so far.
The Betfair ambassador's confidence in his runner's chances for the Gold Cup was reinforced when asked for his Lucky 15 selections for the championship races at Festival.
He said: 'Faugheen, Dodge (Dodging Bullets), Zarkandar, Conti or Faugheen, Mr Mole, Saphir de Rheu & Conti.' A solid selection sir!
The World Hurdle selection, Zarkandar, is 'in great form and not ground dependent'. according to Paul, who added that there was 'not a lot' between his runner and Saphir de Rheu.
Zarkandar will be ridden by Noel Fehily while, 'all being well', Sam Twiston Davies will saddle Sam Winner and Dodging Bullets.
When asked who is rated as his best chance in any of the handicaps, Paul said Calipto 'will go very well' in the County Hurdle, while his 'dark horse' selection was Keltus in the Novice handicap on day 1.
As for the horse 'everyone should be looking out for', not from Ditcheat, Paul was straightforward: 'Faugheen'.
Paul on his running plans...
Southfield Theatre will run in the RSA
Just A Par will run in the Kim Muir
Caid Du Berlais will run in the Festival Plate on day three
Le Mercurey will most likely go for the Martin Pipe Conditionals Hurdle
Aux Ptits Soins is headed for either the Coral Cup or the County Hurdle, with a slight preference for the former. Lac Fontana has the same targets, with the choice dependent on ground.