Talking Horses: The Shunter can get on track for £100k Cheltenham bonus

By: Greg Wood Saturday 6 March 2021

Kelso’s bold decision to boost the prize fund for the Morebattle Hurdle has been rewarded with a strong field for their feature race

Kelso’s bold decision to boost the prize fund for the Morebattle Hurdle and offer a £100,000 bonus if the winner can follow up at Cheltenham has been rewarded with a strong field for the feature race on Saturday.

It has also caught the eye of the Irish trainer Emmet Mullins, whose versatile eight-year-old The Shunter (3.15) has entries in three hurdle events and two chases at the Festival. Paul Nicholls and Dan Skelton have decent shouts with Christopher Wood and Faivoir respectively, but The Shunter could offer a taste of things to come at Cheltenham with an Irish victory.

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