Co Wexford trainer Henry de Bromhead has brought a sizeable team of horses over for The Festival at Cheltenham this week, hoping to add to his total of four Festival winners to date. These include the 2017 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase with Special Tiara.
After watching four of them - led by the grey Petit Mouchoir, third in the 2017 Unibet Champion Hurdle and second favourite behind Footpad for tomorrow's Racing Post Arkle Chase - exercise on the racecourse this morning, de Bromhead commented on his hopes for some of his intended runners.
He said: "Petit Mouchoir seems well. He's got form on soft ground and will hopefully be ok on it. Footpad beat us handy enough last time [at Leopardstown on February 3], but we'll see if we can reverse the form."
Monalee is a leading fancy for Wednesday's RSA Insurance Novices' Chase.
De Bromhead said: "He seems in good form this morning and we're happy with him. He's won on very soft ground and the going shouldn't be a worry for him. We're hoping for a big run."
He also mentioned Trainwreck - an outsider for tomorrow's Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle - and Paloma Blue, who is 12/1 with the sponsors for the same race.
"They are both well. I hoped Paloma Blue would improve for better ground, but he's not going to get it. He does have form on soft ground though.
"And Identity Thief is a bit of an outsider [66/1] in the Unibet Champion Hurdle, but he's coming into form and will love the ground."