Cheltenham countdown: Five horses to watch on Saturday that might be worth a punt at this year's festival
- Racing Correspondent Marcus Townend picks five horses running on Saturday
- Victory would set Altior up for a record-equalling 18th consecutive win
- Downtown Getaway is one of the most interesting horses running at Cheltenham
Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail
Racing Correspondent Marcus Townend picks five horses running on Saturday to watch for Festival pointers…
ALTIOR (Ascot, 3.35)
Prohibitive odds of about 1-8 for the three-runner Clarence House Chase, but victory would set him up for a record-equalling 18th consecutive win for a jumper when he goes for a second Queen Mother Champion Chase at Festival.
DOWNTOWN GETAWAY (Ascot, 4.05)
This £350,000-buy is one of the most interesting horses running on Saturday. A blunder three out cost him behind useful Tidal Flow on Newbury hurdling debut. Odds of 25-1 for Ballymore Novices' Hurdle could be much shorter by Saturday night.
Victory would set Altior up for a record-equalling 18th consecutive win for a jumper
MISTER FISHER (Haydock, 2.05)
Blistering turn of foot to win at Kempton on Boxing Day ensures he is one of the leading hopes for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. His credentials are tested again in the Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle.
MISTER WHITAKER (Ascot, 3.00)
Taken off his feet by a fast pace set by winner Baron Alco on quicker ground than today's in BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham in November. Top weight but needs win to justify entries for both Ryanair Chase and Gold Cup.
THOMAS DERBY (Taunton, 1.40)
Beaten for speed by Mister Fisher at Kempton but far from disgraced. Ultimately, he may need further than two miles but easily looking good enough for Cheltenham Festival consideration.
Blistering turn of foot to win at Kempton on Boxing Day ensures Mister Fisher is a leading hope