Diesel D'Allier motoring straight to Cheltenham cross-country

Diesel D'Allier is taking the direct route to Cheltenham and skipping a prep run, much like he approaches the cross-country obstacles at jumps HQ. The Glenfarclas Chase is the plan for Richard Bandey.

Rising cross-country star Diesel D'Allier will swerve a prep run and head straight to the Cheltenham Festival 2022.

Richard Bandey's eight-year-old progressed from a narrow third over three and three-quarter miles at Cheltenham in November to an impressive course and distance victory in the Glenfarclas Crystal Cup Cross Country Handicap Chase last month.

Diesel D'Allier is a 16-1 chance with Planet Sport Bet for the Glenfarclas Chase on day two of the Festival meeting on Wednesday, March 16.

Bandey said: "He is in good form and we were toying with the idea of trying him in a novice hurdle or a hurdle between now and Cheltenham, but we have decided to leave that and go straight to Cheltenham.

"He is out messing about in the paddock. We are just going to play around with him for five or six weeks. Then step him back up again.

"I would like to see him going back there in the sort of form he was in November. He seemed to jump a bit better that day, but I think he will want a bit of soft ground - and hope we don't come up against a Tiger Roll or something like that!

"I think he is best to keep him fresh - let's go there as a fresh horse on the back of a win.

"After Cheltenham we can look at where we go next. We might go to Ireland with him, or we can go to France, or we can bring him back next year and utilise the novice hurdle route.

"I wouldn't want to keep going to the well too often with him."

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