£349,000 in prize money, five Graded events, one fantastic day of racing! Cheltenham takes centre-stage on Saturday with a superb seven-race card, the last time action is staged at The Home of Jump Racing before the four-day Cheltenham Festival in March. Dubbed “Festival Trials Day”, the meeting should provide punters with plenty of clues in which a number of top-class equine stars grace Prestbury Park. The Racing Post is the home for stats, tips and trends and we’ve picked out the major talking points for the action.

Pembrokeshire handler Rebecca Curtis is no stranger to success at Cheltenham, having saddled two winners at the Cheltenham Festival. Currently operating at a 33% strike-rate in the last two weeks, she has two interesting contenders at Prestbury Park on Saturday.

They are headed by Lisnagar Oscar in the £60,000 G2 Cleeve Hurdle (3.35pm). The talented seven-year-old has slightly lost his way this year, having initially been sent chasing before returning to hurdles. The son of Oscar fell at the second flight on his latest start and this stiff test of stamina will suit despite the rise in class. He is set to be partnered by Adam Wedge in the three-mile event and he is a 50/1 shot to land the Graded event which features G1 Stayers’ Hurdle hero Paisley Park, the 4/6 favourite and the progressive If The Cap Fits (7/2), amongst the eight-runner field.

Curtis may have better hopes in the preceding £32,000 G2 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (3.00pm) with Ruthless Article. The seven-year-old has won three of his six starts this term and has landed the spoils at Bangor and Newton Abbot in his last two runs. This is another step up but today’s trip will suit as should ground conditions, which are forecast to be soft at Cheltenham. An official rating of 140 highlights his talent and he was a £40,000 purchase for Curtis at the Ascot sale in March 2018. He is related to a number of winner and he is an 18/1 shot to land the two and a half-mile contest with Adam Wedge once again taking the ride for the stable.

Curtis has an impressive record at Cheltenham with 14 runners at the track from 153 runners, a credible 9% strike-rate and she will hope her two runners can continue her rich vein of form.

3.00pm G2 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – Ruthless Article (18/1, ridden by Adam Wedge)

3.35pm G2 Cleeve Hurdle – Lisnagar Oscar (50/1, ridden by Adam Wedge)

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