Cheltenham Festival cult hero Tully East looks set to make his return to Prestbury Park in time for the BetVictor Gold Cup on November 18.
The seven-year-old was victorious on his previous visit to the Cotswolds, when he claimed the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival back in March. His end to the campaign was a rather solemn one, failing to capitalise on his Cheltenham success which was cut short when he took a fall at Punchestown.
His trainer Alan Fleming, speaking to Sky Sports, expressed his confidence in the Irish breed: “The BetVictor Gold Cup is very much the aim for Tully East. It was a fantastic win at Cheltenham last season. We were disappointed when he ran next time at Punchestown. We’re very happy with him”.
Barry Connell’s prize asset will also be looking to set a good distance in this month’s handicap, which would help the Bay Gelding maintain the steady form shown so far this season.